Bucs dominate Rebels
The Blue Earth Area Buccaneer football team scored early and often on their way to a 49-7 victory over their cross-county rivals, the United South Central Rebels.
The game, played on Friday night, Sept. 12, in Blue Earth at Wilson Field, was designated as “Tackle Cancer Night,” part of a state-wide effort to raise funds to donate to the Randy Shaver Tackle Cancer Foundation.
Many of the players on both squads also joined together to dedicate the game to friends and family members who have had cancer.
On the field, however, the game belonged to the Buccaneers.
BEA not only dominated in the scoring column, but also in many of the other statistics.
The Bucs had 22 first downs while holding the Rebels to just seven. BEA amassed 376 yards of total offense compared to 107 yards for USC.
For the first quarter, the game was pretty close. In fact at the end of the first period, the score was tied at 7-7.
However, the Bucs continued to score in each of the next three quarters, while shutting out the Rebels on the scoreboard.
After winning the coin toss, the Bucs elected to kick off and proceeded to force the Rebels to punt on their first possession.
The maroon and gold squad then proceeded with a methodical 13-play, 56-yard march down the field that culminated with a seven-yard touchdown pass from Luke Schavey to Bailey Olson.
An extra point kick by Sam Hahn gave BEA a 7-0 lead.
That lead did not last very long.
On the ensuing kickoff, the Rebels’ John Schuster caught Hahn’s kick at the 10-yard line and proceeded to run it all the way back for a 90-yard touchdown.
With a successful kick for extra point, the game was suddenly tied.
In the second quarter, both teams started out by exchanging punts.
But, after that, the Buccaneers rattled off three unanswered touchdowns before the end of the half.
Schavey and Olson teamed back up for a 15-yard touchdown pass, with Hahn successfully adding an extra point, giving BEA a 14-7 lead.
After forcing the Rebels into a fourth and 22 situation and a punt, the Bucs went on offense again.
A couple of pass completions to Olson set up a three-yard touchdown run by Conor Barnett with just 2:57 left in the first half.
Hahn’s kick was again perfect and the Bucs lead now stood at 21-7.
After just missing on a long-bomb pass, the Rebels had to punt and the Buccaneers took over at their own 35 with just over a minute to go in the half.
A 29-yard pass completion to Jack Kennedy with 27 seconds left was followed by a 32-yard pass play to Barnett to the five yard line with 10.5 seconds left.
Then with 8.7 seconds left, Schavey connected with Olson in the corner of the end zone for a touchdown.
Once again, Hahn’s point after touchdown kick split the uprights and the Bucs went into the half with a 28-7 lead.
It did not take long for the Buccaneers to get another score in the second half.
Chris Sanders caught the Rebels’ kickoff at his own 12 and ran it all the way to the USC 12-yard line. Barnett took the ball into the end zone for a nine-yard touchdown run with just over 11 minutes still remaining in the third period.
Hahn’s kick was good again and the Bucs lead was at 35-7.
BEA scored again with just over a minute left in the third quarter with many of the junior varsity players now on the field.
Quarterback Chandler Kienitz handed off to Camden Bowers who took the ball into the end zone from the seven-yard line.
With the PAT kick by Hahn the score was 42-7.
With running time on the clock in the fourth quarter, the Bucs scored one more time on a Kienitz hand off to Chandler Pettit who took it in from the 20-yard line with 3:17 left on the clock.
The Bucs sealed the win with their fourth interception of the game with 37 seconds left on the clock.
“Our defense played very well,” Buccaneer head coach Randy Kuechenmeister said after the game. “We also passed the ball well Bailey Olson had three really big catches for us.”
The coach noted that the Rebels did a good job of shutting down the Buccaneer running game early in the contest, forcing BEA into going to the air more than they had planned to.
“They had eight guys in the box and we couldn’t run against them,” the coach said. “So we had to pass. And the more we made the plays, the more confidence we got.”
The Bucs’ Luke Schavey was 15 of 23 passing for 229 yards. Kienitz came in and was 1 for 1 for 16 yards.
Olson caught five of the 10 passes thrown his way for 80 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Buccaneers passing attack. Derek Johnson caught six passes for 71 yards, Barnett two for 46 and Kennedy one for 27.
Barnett was the leading rushing with 11 carries for 43 yards and two touchdowns. Kienitz had six carries for 36 yards, Bowers six for 19 and a touchdown and Schavey five for 14. Pettit had just one carry but it was for 20 yards and a TD.
Of special note: Hahn, a BEA exchange student, was a perfect 7 of 7 for extra point kicks and averaged 49 yards on kickoffs with a long of 60 yards.
For the Rebels, Luke Trio was 10 of 20 passing for 56 yards. Riley Kloos caught all four of the passes thrown his way for 23 yards.
Derek Herman was the Rebels’ leading rusher with 48 yards on 12 carries.
Next up for the Buccaneers was a game this past Friday at Fairmont. Details and photos from the game will be included in the next edition of the Faribault County Register.
This coming week they will play their homecoming game on Friday night at Wilson Field when they take on the team from Windom.