Bucs roll early in decisive win
The Blue Earth Area Buccaneers scored early and often in their victory over the New Ulm Eagles.
The Bucs scored touchdowns on six of their first seven drives.
The end result was a 39-7 thrashing of the Eagles on Sept. 20 at Wilson Field.
“We executed better this week,” coach Randy Kuechenmeister says. “we were balanced with our passing and rushing attack.”
Quarterback Luke Schavey showed he can once again control the game through the air and with his feet. He was 7 of 10 for 124 yards and two touchdowns. Schavey also contributed 156 yards rushing on eight attempts and added two additional rushing touchdowns.
The maroon and gold racked up 319 total rushing yards and held their opponents to only 106 total yards in the game.
Gus Phillips and David Franta found the endzone on the ground along with Schavey. Phillips rushed for 58 yards while Franta gained 26.
Franta also chipped in four receptions for 74 yards and a touchdown. Bailey Olson had three receptions for 50 yards as well.
Schavey started the scoring for the Bucs with a 59- yard scamper for a touchdown on the first possession of the game.
The next drive had the same result, except Schavey threw for a 38 yard touchdown to Bailey Olson.
After punting on their first three possessions, the Eagles put together an impressive 12-play drive resulting in a 9-yard touchdown run.
However, the Eagles would not find the endzone again.
” Defensively, we limited their rushing attack and put ourselves in good situations,” Kuechenmeister says.
The Buccaneers defense forced the Eagles to punt the ball seven times.
Schavey ran for a 70-yard score, Phillips scampered for a 44-yard touchdown and the half ended with a 29-yard touchdown run by Franta.
The Bucs took a 33-7 edge into halftime. The contest was all but wrapped up by then.
On the Bucs opening possession of the second half, Franta put the finishing touches on a seven play 70-yard drive with his second touchdown of the game.
BEA only allowed New Ulm to complete two first downs in the second half. The Eagles were also held to only 31 total yards gained after halftime.
Jackson Yackley led New Ulm with 36 yards on nine carries, with the only touchdown scored for the visitors.
On defense for the Eagles, Andrew Stewart tallied 12 tackles and two sacks, while Trevor Mooter had eight tackles and one forced fumble.
According to the Maxpreps’ football rankings, the Buccaneers (4-0, 1-0) are currently ranked No. 4 in Class AAA behind Glencoe-Silver Lake, New London-Spicer and Foley.
“We do not talk about rankings at all in our locker room,” Kuechenmeister says. “We concentrate on what we need to do to improve as a team and try to focus on our next opponent.”
The BEA Bucs took on Waseca this past Friday, Sept. 27, a game played after the Faribault County Register deadline. Game analysis and photos will be included in the next Register.
This coming week, on Friday, Oct. 4, the Buccaneers will host the St. Peter Saints for Homecoming.