Bucs win the jug
The Little Brown Jug is back in Blue Earth.
The Blue Earth Area Buccaneers football team used a stifling defense and an opportunistic offense to down their Big South Conference rivals, the Fairmont Cardinals and reclaim the jug trophy.
The final score of the game, which was played in Fairmont, was 21-7.
While the game featured 12 punts (five by BEA and seven by Fairmont), it was the Buccaneers who seemed to keep the game under control.
After forcing the Cardinals to punt to end their first possession of the game, the Bucs smartly marched down the field and scored.
BEA used a 17 yard rushing gain from Jacob Johnson and a 24 yard run by quarterback Luke Schavey to spark the drive.
It ended with a big 21-yard touchdown pass from Schavey to Derek Johnson.
Kicker Sam Hahn nailed the extra point try and BEA led 7-0.
It turned out to be the only score in the entire first half. Both teams used strong defense to force each other to spend most of the second quarter punting six during the period.
But, the Buccaneers regrouped during halftime and came back on to the field smoking hot.
After Conor Barnett took the opening kickoff from the Cardinals at the 16-yard line and ran it out to the 34, the Bucs offense took over.
Schavey went on a 39-yard scamper, then hit Bailey Olson for a 25-yard pass completion to the 2-yard line.
Barnett powered in from the 3-yard line for the Bucs’ second touchdown of the game.
Again, Hahn’s kick was perfect and BEA had a 14-0 lead.
The Bucs and Cards again exchanged several punts in the rest of the third quarter and the BEA defense got a big stop on the Fairmont offense when the Cardinals went for it on fourth and one.
Near the end of the third quarter BEA once more took over after a Cardinal punt, and this time they were able to move down the field.
Barnett got loose for a 26-yard gain and one for 12 yards, while Schavey scampered for 10.
It was the Buccaneer QB who took it himself into the end zone for a 4-yard touchdown run just after the fourth quarter had begun.
Hahn kicked the point after touchdown and BEA had a commanding 21-0 lead.
The Cardinals finally got on the board by taking the ensuing kickoff and marching down the field.
The touchdown came on a 6-yard pass play from Cardinal quarterback Spencer Chirpich to Thomas Willett. The kick was good and the game would end with the score BEA 21, Fairmont 7.
Overall the Buccaneers showed dominance over the host Cardinals.
BEA amassed 306 total yards of offense to Fairmont’s 161 and had 13 first downs to their seven.
The Buccaneers had 73 passing yards to the Cards 54 but went 233 yards in the air compared to the opponents’ 107.
Schavey was 7 of 11 for 73 yards for BEA, with one TD and no interceptions.
His favorite targets were Olson who had four catches for 45 yards and Derek Johnson who had three for 32.
Schavey also led the team in rushing yards, gaining 134 yards on 17 carries. Barnett added 70 yards on 14 carries and Jacob Johnson gained 26 yards on four attempts.
Jacob Johnson also led the team on defense with eight tackles and one quarterback sack. Connor Thielfoldt also had a sack, and Kellen Jacobs added six tackles.
For the Cardinals, Chirpich was 9 of 17 for 54 yards, with one touchdown and the Bucs picked him off once.
Willett was Fairmont’s leading rusher with 97 yards on 20 carries.
Next up for the BEA Buccaneers was their homecoming game played this past Friday, Sept. 26, against the Windom Eagles.
Details and photos on that game will be in the next Faribault County Register.
This week, the Buccaneers will host Pipestone on Friday night, Oct. 3.