Record-breaking field goal kick
To say the Blue Earth Area Buccaneers had a successful homecoming football game is somewhat of an understatement.
First of all, the Bucs scored 21 points in the first quarter, 10 in the second and seven in both the third and fourth, on their way to a dominating 45-0 victory over the visiting Windom Eagles.
Secondly, one of the Bucs’ players set a new school record during the game. Kicker Sam Hahn, an exchange student from Germany, nailed a 51-yard field goal.
And third, the weather could hardly have been nicer, with summer-like temperatures unusual for late September.
The statistics tell the story of the game.
The Buccaneers had 21 first downs compared to the Eagles’ five, and accumulated 307 yards of offense to their 80.
The Bucs were so efficient that they even were 3 of 3 on their fourth down plays and only punted once in the game.
One of the fourth down plays resulted in a touchdown, and another one, a fourth and 12 situation, was the record-breaking 51-yard field goal.
Hahn’s kick came right at the end of the first half. He broke the school record of 42 yards that had been set by BEA teacher and coach Travis ‘Doc’ Armstrong.
Armstrong’s kick came in the fall of 1989, in a game against St. Peter. Unfortunately, they were the only BEA points in the game and the Bucs were soundly beaten by the Saints that night.
Buccaneer head football coach Randy Kuechenmeister, who witnessed both field goals, says Hahn’s kick is something you don’t see in high school football very often.
The 51-yard field goal is now the fourth longest in Minnesota High School League history. The official records list a 57-yard field goal as the longest, set in 2003. Second longest was one of 54 yards which was kicked in 1995 and a 52-yarder in 1980 is in third place.
Now Hahn’s will be added to be fourth on the list.
“The ball exploded off Sam’s foot,” Coach Randy Kuechenmeister says. “In all my years of coaching, it is the best kick I have ever seen. I think it is something Sam and his teammates will remember for a long time.”
While Armstrong’s field goal in 1989 was BEA’s only score that night, the same was not true for Hahn’s kick last week. BEA scored early and often in the homecoming game.
And, the Buccaneers did not waste much time before getting their first points.
After forcing the Eagles to punt on their first possession, the Bucs marched down the field with the help of a 16-yard and 9-yard run by Conor Barnett.
Barnett took the hand off from quarterback Luke Schavey and went two yards for BEA’s first touchdown.
Hahn’s extra point kick was good, and he was a perfect 6 for 6 on those kicks for the game.
The Buccaneers second TD came even quicker than the first.
On the Eagles first play from scrimmage after the kick off, Derek Johnson intercepted the Eagle quarterback and ran the ball 23 yards into the end zone.
The Buc defense held the Eagles to a three and out on their next possession, and on fourth and 24, Windom punted. Bailey Olson caught the punt at the 45 yard line and returned it to the 10, putting the maroon and gold in excellent field position.
Jack Kennedy caught a Schavey pass and took it 17 yards into the end zone for the Buccaneer’s third touchdown of the first quarter, making the score 21-0.
In the second quarter, BEA forced another Windom punt, then once again smartly marched down the field.
They gained 13 yards on a pass to Derek Johnson, 14 yards on a Schavey run, 14 yards on a Camden Bowers run and 9 yards on a Barnett run.
But the Bucs went to the air to score, and it was Jacob Johnson who caught a Schavey pass for a 4-yard touchdown and a 28-0 lead.
At the end of the half, Hahn’s 51-yard record breaking kick put BEA ahead 31-0 when the halftime whistle blew.
Once more, the Bucs lost little time getting into the end zone when the second half began.
After receiving the kick off, BEA had four plays that included three runs by Jacob Johnson and an incomplete pass.
Then Buccaneer QB Schavey took off down the left sideline for a 37-yard touchdown run.
After the Buccaneer defense held the Eagles at bay and took over on downs when Windom failed on a fourth down play, the Bucs started to freely substitute.
After exchanging punts, Buc quarterback Chandler Kienitz led a scoring drive down the field that included him keeping the ball on several plays.
Bowers took the ball into the end zone for a 1-yard touchdown run and made the final score 45-0.
Windom’s next drive stalled out when they went for it on fourth and six and made just five yards.
Schavey was 8 of 10 for 65 yards passing for the Bucs, with two touchdowns and no interceptions. His favorite receiver was Derek Johnson who hauled in four passes for 39 yards.
Kennedy had two catches for 17 yards and a touchdown and Jacob Johnson one for four yards and a TD.
Bowers was the leading rusher with 71 yards on eight carries. Schavey had 50 yards on eight carries. Barnett rushed for 38 yards on five totes.
Kienitz kept the ball for 11 carries and gained 36 yards. Jacob Johnson added 35 on six rushing attempts.
The Buccaneers boosted their season record to 4-1.
This past Friday night, Oct. 2, BEA played host to the Pipestone Arrows, a game played after the deadline for this week’s edition. Results and photos will be in the next Faribault County Register.
This coming Friday, Oct. 10, the Bucs will be traveling to New Ulm. Then on Wednesday, Oct. 15, the Buccaneers will travel to Luverne for the final game of the regular season.