Cards shut out Bucs, keep Little Brown Jug
Fairmont’s Adam Schultz proved to be tough to contain on both sides of the ball, when Blue Earth Area met the Cards in the battle for the Little Brown Jug on Oct. 9.
Schultz thwarted two Buc drives with interceptions and had a big night on offense with nine receptions for 108 yards, helping the Cardinals defeat the visiting Bucs 26-0.
While BEA was able to move the ball, they found the going tough in the red zone. Penalties and turnovers hampered their ability to put any points on the board.
Both teams moved the ball in the first quarter but neither could score. Fairmont drove deep into Buc territory on their second drive of the night, reaching the 19-yard line as the first quarter came to an end.
The Cards faced a fourth down with three yards to go on the first play of the second stanza, but Cardinals’ fullback Kyle Guetter was stopped short of the first down marker giving the Bucs the ball.
Four plays later the Bucs appeared to have gotten a big break when Taylor Owen’s punt hit a Cardinal player and the Bucs’ Joe Franta recovered near mid-field. However a penalty on the line of scrimmage negated the play and the Bucs were forced to punt again.
Following Owens’ punt, the Cards took over on their own 42-yard line. It took only one play for the Cards to put the first points on the scoreboard.
Running back Alek Borchardt, who would gain 162 rushing yards on the night, exploded for a 58 yard touchdown run to put the Cards up 6-0. Logan Peymann added the extra point kick and with 10:06 left in the first half, the Bucs found themselves trailing 7-0.
Franta caught the ensuing kickoff at the 14-yard line and returned it 35 yards to put the ball on the Bucs 49. Carter Hanson reeled off an 11-yard run to cross into Cardinal territory to the 40.
Two plays later, the Bucs were faced with a third and eight situation. Quarterback Brady Anderson connected with Dalton Hurn over the middle for 13 yards to keep the drive alive and advance the ball to the 25.
The Cards’ defense stiffened and, following a motion penalty, the Bucs found themselves looking at fourth down back on the 29-yard line, needing 14 yards for the first down. Schultz came up with his first interception of the night, snaring the Anderson pass near the goal line and sprinting 45 yards down the sideline, giving the Cards good field position with just under seven minutes until halftime.
Fairmont engineered a six-play drive with the final 23 yards coming on a Schultz reception in the end zone. The PAT was good and the Cards took a 14-0 lead with 4:21 remaining until half time.Blue Earth Area opened the second half with a drive that took over seven minutes off the clock. It started at their own 19-yard line and got within five yards of the Fairmont end zone.
Zach Tvedten and Anderson did the bulk of the running, mixed in with a pass to Taylor Olson that helped the Bucs advance the ball to the Cardinal 20. A 15-yard pass to Joe Franta gave the Bucs a first down on the Cardinal five.
A loss of five yards on a running play, another penalty and a couple of incomplete passes, pushed the Bucs back and set up a fourth down and goal from the 15-yard line. Schultz’s second interception, this one in the end zone, ended the drive and gave Fairmont the ball on their 20-yard line.
Neither team would score in the third quarter. Fairmont would add to their lead with 7:53 remaining in the game. Schultz hauled in a 20-yard pass, but the extra point failed, giving the Cards a 20-0 lead.
Fairmont’s last score would come on a Peymann 66-yard pass interception with 3:16 left in the game. The Bucs blocked the extra point, making the final score 26-0.
Zach Tvedten gained 94 yards on 21 carries to lead the Bucs. Carter Hanson added 31 yards on seven carries. Anderson was 5 of 17 passing for 44 yards.
Isaac Darrington, Collin Nienhaus, and Joe Franta each had an interception for the Bucs. Franta also led in tackles, with 13.
Last Friday the Bucs hosted the Waseca Bluejays. Details and photos from this game will be in next week’s Faribault County Register.
This week BEA will travel to St. Peter for a Wednesday night game.