Bucs shut out Rebels, 12-0
What a difference a year makes.
Last year the Blue Earth Area Buccaneers and the United South Central Rebels renewed a rivalry that had laid dormant for a few years.
The Rebels won the cross county contest last September, 34-21, with both teams accounting for big yardage and 55 total points.
This year, the Bucs took the season opener.
BEA scored twice in the first quarter and went up 12-0 – and the score remained that way through the final whistle.
Junior running back Zach Tvedten accounted for both of BEA’s scores.
The Rebels took the opening kick off and marched down the field, but had the drive stall at the Buc 14-yard line.
After failing to make a first down, the Rebels turned the ball over to the Bucs on downs.
Tvedten took a hand-off from quarterback Brady Anderson just a few plays later and ran it 75 yards down the field for the touchdown.
An attempt by the Bucs’ Jacob Black to kick the extra point was blocked by the Rebels.
The Bucs forced the Rebels to punt on their next possession. BEA had a successful drive, capped with a 5-yard touchdown run by Tvedten, with just two minutes left in the opening quarter.
Anderson dropped back to try a pass for the 2-point conversion, but was sacked by the Rebel defenders.
USC started successfully moving the ball on their next possession, getting successive first downs on runs by junior running back Chris Melby.
Dalton Hurn of the Bucs grabbed a Rebel pass at the 12 yard line to end the USC threat.
In the second half the Rebels once again mounted a drive, including using a quarterback sneak on a fourth and one play for a first down.
However, a 25-yard Melby run was called back on a holding penalty, and the Bucs blocked a long pass attempt on a fourth down try, and took over the ball at their own 40. The ball traded possessions on a series of miscues and turnovers in the third quarter.
BEA fumbled the ball and the USC recovered it at their own 46-yard line. The Bucs’ Joe Franta picked off an interception at the 8-yard line.
Next, BEA fumbled again, with USC once more grabbing the loose ball, this time at their own 15.
It was USC’s turn to fumble next, but they were able to recover it themselves. Franta also nearly had his second pick of a Rebel pass on the next series of plays.
The fourth quarter started off with one more turnover, when USC’s Jason Huper picked off a BEA pass and ran it to the 36-yard line.
Collin Nienhaus of the Buccaneers nearly had an interception, but just missed the grab.
The Bucs stopped one more Rebel march down the field, ending the final USC chance to score.
Tvedten ended the game with 22 carries for 169 yards and two touchdowns.
Anderson was 2 for 4 passing for 26 yards. One of those was a key 17-yard grab by Taylor Owen to keep a Buc drive alive.
Carter Hanson led the defense with 14 tackles, while Franta added 13 and Tvedten eight.
“The kids played real hard,” Buc Coach Randy Kuechenmeister comments. “We knew, after they beat us pretty bad last year that we needed to step up. We bent a bit, but we didn’t break – the kids really hung in there.”
Next up for BEA was an away game to Waseca on Sept. 10. This week they will host St. Peter on Friday night, Sept. 17.