Bucs run, pass by St. Peter
Brady Anderson completed 9 of 10 passes for 202 yards and four touchdowns to help lead the Blue Earth Area Buccaneers to a 47-12 win over the host St. Peter Saints on Wednesday night.
The Bucs controlled play on both sides of the ball in gaining their fifth victory of the year against three losses.
The Bucs had defeated the Saints earlier in the year 33-7 in a conference game. Their second meeting did not count in the conference standings, but does count in the section standings.
It did not take long for the Bucs to establish their running game. Starting on their own 25-yard line, BEA got four consecutive first downs on three rushes by Zach Tvedten and one by Carter Hanson.
On the ninth play of the drive, Anderson threw his first pass of the evening, a slant to Taylor Owen for a 10-yard touchdown. Collin Nienhaus kicked the extra point to give the Bucs a 7-0 lead with just under eight minutes left in the opening quarter.
St. Peter’s opening drive ended on their third play from scrimmage when Daniel Plocker recovered a fumble, giving the Bucs excellent field position on the Saints’ 44-yard line.
Hanson reeled off gains of 12 and 10 yards to advance BEA to the 22-yard line.
Anderson connected with Owen again on a slant play to cover the last 22 yards for another touchdown. Nienhaus again added the extra point. With 5:48 to go in the first quarter the Bucs owned a 14-0 lead.
The Bucs were on the move again on their next possession but a Tvedten fumble gave the Saints the ball on their own 17.
A 15-play, 83-yard drive resulted in a Saints touchdown with 10:56 remaining in the second quarter. The extra point kick was wide left, making the score 14-6.
Nienhaus took the ensuing squib kick at his own 31-yard line and advanced it to the 45. Three plays into the drive the Bucs faced a fourth down and one situation. Tvedten got enough for the first down – and more – with a scamper to the Saints’ 27-yard line.
Following a 7-yard run by Tvedten, Anderson tucked the ball under his arm and weaved his way through the defense to get into the end zone. The PAT was good and the Bucs extended their lead to 21-6 with 8:18 to go until half time.
A St. Peter punt gave BEA the ball on their own 13. Two plays later, Anderson completed a pass to Joe Franta who sprinted down the sideline for an 82-yard touchdown reception. Another Nienhaus kick put the Bucs ahead 28-6 with 5:46 left to go in quarter number two.
The Bucs would score once more in the first half. Tvedten muscled his way into the end zone from two yards out with 58 seconds left before halftime. Nienhaus added the extra point and the first half ended with the Bucs in control 35-6.
A 20-yard touchdown pass to Franta and a 3-yard touchdown run by Santos Flores accounted for the Bucs’ final two scores of the night. Both extra point attempts were blocked.
St. Peter got its second touchdown courtesy of a blocked punt returned for a touchdown, but the game was out of reach. Starting at the seven minute mark in the fourth quarter the game was played with running time.
Blue Earth Area ended the night with 25 first downs to St. Peter’s seven. The Bucs totaled 278 yards rushing and 202 yards passing while the Buc defense limited the Saints to 54 yards rushing and 91 yards passing.
The Bucs had two players rush for more than 100 yards. Tvedten finished the night with 22 carries for 140 yards and one touchdown. Hanson gained 106 yards on 13 carries. Anderson rushed five times for 20 yards and one touchdown.
Franta had two receptions for 102 yards and two touchdowns. Owen pulled down two passes for 32 yards and two touchdowns.
Hanson led the way on defense with nine tackles. A number of players recorded five tackles.
Isaac Darrington had a pass interception with a return of 54 yards and Plocker recovered the only Saints’ fumble.
This week the Buccaneers open post-season play by hosting the Belle Plaine Tigers on Tuesday night.