Speedy Millers oust Bucs
Speed kills, and the overall speed and quickness of the Minneapolis Washburn Millers was too much for the Blue Earth Area Buccaneers last Saturday night. The Millers won the Section 2AAA football game by the final score of 40-13.
It appeared that the Bucs had started the game on a good note when they caught an onside kick in the air, getting the ball in great field position. However, the ruling by the officials was that the ball had to touch the ground first, forcing the Bucs to kick the ball over again.
The Bucs’ defense held the Millers, forcing them to turn the ball over on downs. BEA took over on its own 27, but was unable to get a first down. A 53-yard punt by Taylor Owen pinned the Millers back on their own 14-yard line.
Washburn overcame penalties and a second-and-19 situation to put together a 12-play, 86-yard drive, resulting in its first touchdown of the game. The point-after-touchdown kick was good, and the Millers led 7-0 with 5:14 to go in the first quarter.
Following the kickoff it was three and out for the Bucs. The Millers took over on their own 48.
A 13-yard run and a 37-yard pass play got them close to the end zone. A run play covered the final two yards and the successful PAT kick gave the hosts a 14-0 lead with 2:54 remaining in the opening quarter.
A fumble on the ensuing kick off resulted in the Millers getting the ball in excellent field position on the Bucs’ 25-yard line. One play later the score was 21-0 in favor of the Millers, courtesy of a 25-yard pass play. The scoreboard clock showed 2:31 still remained in the first quarter.
The Millers would spoil the Bucs’ next drive with a 58-yard interception return, giving them the ball seven yards away from a touchdown. Three plays later they scored their fourth touchdown of the opening quarter – the PAT was good and BEA was down 28-0 with three seconds to go in quarter number one.
Washburn would add two more first half scores, but fail to convert the extra points, giving them a 40-0 halftime lead.
The Bucs finally got on the board with 10:51 left in the final quarter. The Millers punted from their own 2-yard line. Dalton Hurn caught the ball on his own 35 and returned it 10 yards, putting the ball on the 25-yard line.
Runs of 12 and 5 yards by Zach Tvedten moved the ball to the 8-yard line. Quarterback Brady Anderson covered the final yards, scooting into the end zone. The Collin Nienhaus kick was good to make the score 40-7.
An 8-yard pass to Isaac Darrington from Taylor Olson gave the Bucs their other touchdown.
BEA totaled 98 rushing yards and 51 passing yards.
Tvedten rushed for 77 yards on 13 carries. Anderson rushed 10 times for 23 yards and one touchdown. Anderson was 7 of 16 passing for 35 yards. Taylor Olson completed both of his passing attempts for 16 yards. Joe Franta caught 3 passes for 16 yards.
BEA ended its season with a 6-4 overall record.