Bucs down Rebels, 32-12
The Blue Earth Area Buccaneers demonstrated explosiveness on offense in a 32-12 season-opening win over the United South Central Rebels.
The Bucs quick-strike attack recorded all five of their touchdowns in the second and third quarters to earn Faribault County bragging rights.
To begin the game, BEA was stymied by the USC defense.
The Bucs committed three turnovers in the first quarter resulting in multiple Rebel scoring opportunities.
BEA kept the damage to a minimum, allowing USC to cross the goal line only once when Kyle Bauman hauled in a five-yard touchdown reception.
The catch in the back of the end zone gave the Rebels an early 6-0 advantage and was set up by a BEA fumble on their own five yard line.
USC quarterback Cole Stencel deliverered a high arching pass to Bauman that only the 6-foot-8 receiver could catch.
Shortly after the USC touchdown, an interception gave the Rebels another opportunity to take advantage of a Buccaneer miscue. USC marched down the field thanks to a 33-yard Chris Melby run.
The Rebels were on the 16-yard line and were knocking on the door for another score.
BEA’s Jacob Olson then shifted momentum to the Bucs. The senior defensive back stepped in front of a Stencel pass for an interception and weaved his way through attempted tacklers to return the ball all the way back to the USC 16-yard line.
BEA couldn’t score on the ensuing drive, but established superior field position.
The Buc defense forced a Rebel punt deep in their own territory, allowing BEA to take over on the USC 45.
On the first play of the drive, quarterback Brady Anderson connected with Steven Plocker for a 30-yard reception.
Carter Hanson rumbled 20 yards into the end zone on the next play, benefitting from a massive hole created by the left side of the BEA offensive line.
The point after attempt was knocked through the uprights by Jakob Rintelen to give the Bucs a 7-6 lead.
After forcing a USC punt, the Bucs took possession with one minute and nine seconds remaining in the half.
With the clock ticking, Anderson and Plocker once again set up another score. This time the duo hooked up on a 38-yard bomb bringing the Bucs to the USC five yard line.
David Franta finished the drive with a flip into the end zone for six points with 35 seconds remaining on the clock. The point after kick was good by Rintelen, giving the Bucs a 14-6 lead going into half time.
The BEA offensive onslaught continued in the third quarter when the Bucs used a Dallas Barslou interception to set up their third touchdown of the game.
Hanson plunged into the end zone on a 1-yard run giving the Bucs a 20-6 lead. The extra point was no good. BEA quickly got the ball back after a short USC drive and was primed for another score.
Anderson called his own number scampering 54 yards into the end zone around the right end to give the Bucs a 26-6 advantage.
USC was not done after four unanswered BEA touchdowns, responding with a drive of their own capped by a 34-yard Selby touchdown run bringing the Rebels within two scores.
On the following kick off, BEA cemented the victory. Hanson scooped up the ball on the BEA 10-yard line in perilous position. The Buc returner then managed to slip through countless USC tacklers as the elusive junior powered his way to the end zone.
With BEA’s lead at 32-12, The two teams traded punts throughout the fourth quarter until time expired.
Hanson led the Bucs rushing attack, netting 107 yards on 14 carries.
Anderson was the team’s second leading rusher, carrying the ball seven times, for 78 yards and a touchdown. He also completed 6 of 16 passes for 141 yards.
On defense, Kysten Zierke was all over the field for the Bucs recording 13 tackles from his linebacker position.
Hanson chipped in with 11 tackles from the defensive backfield.
BEA played St. Paul Highland Park on Friday after the Register’s deadline and will travel to Windom on Sept. 16.