The Blue Earth Area Buccaneers once again scored early and often in a 49-12 romp over the New Ulm Eagles on Friday, Sept. 21.
The now ranked No. 2 in Class 3A Bucs were big spoilers of the Eagles homecoming festivities.
BEA scored three times in the first quarter off Eagle miscues to take a commanding early lead.
On the second play of the game, Kysten Zierke picked off an Eagle pass attempt deep in New Ulm territory.
One play later, David Franta ran 26 yards through the Eagle defense for the Bucs first touchdown with 11:44 still left in the first quarter.
Felix Harseim made the point after kick one of six he would boot through the uprights during the game.
Justin Ritter fell on a New Ulm fumble, and three plays later the Bucs' Carter Hanson was into the end zone for a 4-yard touchdown score.
The extra point try failed.
The game then turned into the Gus Phillips show.
The Buccaneer junior who played at Le Center last year before moving to Blue Earth picked off an Eagle attempted lateral and scampered 16 yards in for the score.
Phillips then scored BEA's only touchdown of the second quarter when he broke loose for a 35-yard touchdown run with just 52 seconds left in the first half.
Harseim's kick was good both times, and BEA's lead was 28-0 at the half.
Phillips opened the second half for the Bucs the same way he had ended the first half with a big touchdown run. This time it was for 53 yards, on the very first play of the second half.
Hanson scored next, on another 53-yard touchdown run for the Bucs. Then Calvin Sanders got in from 21 yards out with 1:12 left in the third quarter.
Harseim's kicks were good each time and BEA was ahead by a whopping 49-0 score.
With running time in operation in the fourth quarter and the subs in, the Eagles scored twice on runs of nine and eight yards, making the final 49-12.
BEA had 17 first downs to New Ulm's 11, and gained 389 total yards to their 181.
The Bucs had 320 yards on the ground, 69 in the air. The Eagles gained 81 on the ground and 100 by passing.
Phillips was the leading rusher for the Bucs with 108 yards on seven carries. Hanson gained 86 yards with 10 attempts.
Sanders added 42 yards on seven totes, Franta 36 on four tries, Zierke 27 yards on five attempts and Ritter added 26 on eight carries.
Zierke was 6 of 10 passing for 60 yards, and Taylor Olson was 1 of 1 for nine yards.
Brandyn Olsen was the top receiver with 32 yards on three receptions.
Hanson, Franta, Isaac Darrington and Quinn Huisman each had one catch for 11 yards or less. Hanson was the tackle leader and was in on 12 stops. Franta had seven tackles.
Both teams fumbled three times in the game, with the Bucs losing the ball twice and the Eagles all three times. Each team also had two pass attempts picked off.
BEA was 6 of 11 in third converting from third down and 1 of 2 in fourth down tries. The Eagles were 1 of 11 and 1 of 2, respectively.
The Eagles ran two more plays than did the Bucs, 55 to 53.
The win kept the Buccaneers at a perfect 4-0 record and 2-0 in the South Central Conference.
This past Friday, Sept. 28, BEA hosted the Waseca Bluejays for the annual homecoming game.
Details on the game will be in the next Faribault County Register.
This week BEA travels to St. Peter on Friday night.