Bucs fall to Jordan in Section play
With 83 total points scored by the two teams, the Section playoff game in Jordan on Tuesday night looked like a track meet at times.
As the final seconds ticked off the clock, the Blue Earth Area Buccaneer football team saw their season come to an end. They had come up short in the point column and lost to the Jordan Hubmen 49-34.
Scoring in the game came fast and often for both teams. The No. 6 seeded Bucs stayed close to No. 3 seeded Hubmen most of the game.
Just like most of the Buc regular season games, big plays were the norm during this first play-off game.
The Hubmen got the first score of the contest, coming on a 71-yard gadget play. It was a pass from one wide receiver to another, who was wide open.
The kick for extra point failed and the Bucs were behind 6-0 less than two minutes into the game.
The Bucs fumbled on their first possession, and the Hubmen took advantage of it. They overcame a second and 33-yards to go situation and marched down for a score.
With 5:15 left in the first quarter, BEA was behind 13-0.
It looked like the Bucs had finally gotten on the scoreboard when John Franta went 61 yards to the end zone. However, the play was called back on a penalty.
The Bucs did get a lucky touchdown a few plays later when Quarterback Garrett Anderson fumbled into the end zone and Nathan Carr recovered it for the TD.
The kick was good by Justin Duelge and with 1:34 left in the first quarter, the Bucs were back in the game with the score 13-7.
Scoring in the first wasn’t over, however. The Hubmen got a 72-yard touchdown run with only 34 seconds left. The Bucs were behind 20-7 after one period.
BEA started out the second quarter by marching down the field using a combination of runs and passes. Anderson capped off the drive with a one-yard run for the score.
A Duelge kick brought the Bucs within six, 20-14.
The Buccaneers got another break when Jordan fumbled and Dalton Hurn recovered for BEA.
The ensuing drive stalled and the Hubmen took over on downs when the Bucs failed to convert on a fourth down play.
Jordan didn’t waste any time and a big pass play took them to the Bucs 3-yard line. The ensuing touchdown and kick put them up 27-14 over the Bucs with 1:47 left in the half.
The Bucs used that small amount of time to score again. After passing to the 8-yard line, Anderson took the ball in for the TD with 22 seconds left. BEA was back in it again, behind just 27-21 at the half.
The first BEA possession in the second half ended with the game’s first punt.
Jordan mounted another offensive drive that ended in a touchdown and pushed the lead to 35-21. They faked the extra point kick and got a two-point conversion instead.
Blue Earth Area overcame some long yardage situations in their next possession, and got a good drive downfield.
Anderson scored his third running touchdown on a 3-yard keeper. After the extra point kick, BEA trailed by just 35-28.
The Bucs were unable to stop the Hubmen on their next drive, and with just five seconds left in the third quarter, Jordan scored again, making their lead 42-28.
The Bucs had to punt for the second time, but got a lucky break when Daniel Eckhardt made a fumble recovery at the 30-yard line.
They performed another good drive and on a broken play, Anderson ran in from the six. The kick failed on a bad snap, and BEA now trailed 42-34.
The Bucs again failed to stop the Jordan running game and the Hubmen got another score, with 3:07 left in the game. They increased their lead to 49-34, which was the final score.
The Bucs had one more chance, but a pass to Carr was tipped away on a fourth down play. Jordan got the ball in good field position, and had first and goal with 47 seconds left, but ran out the clock.
Anderson was 22 of 36 passing for 261 yards.
Franta had 41 yards rushing on seven carries. Carr had 98 yards on seven receptions.
Eckhardt led the defense with 13 tackles.
The Buccaneers finished their 2008 season with a 3-6 overall record, and were 2-3 in the South Central Conference.