Bucs defeat Pipestone Arrows
The Blue Earth Area Buccaneers survived a series of miscues and turnovers and came out with a 14-0 win over the Pipestone Arrows on Friday night, Oct. 3, at home at Wilson Field.
The Bucs lost the ball three times on fumbles and once on an interception and missed a field goal. But, their defense kept them in the game by shutting out the Arrows and forcing them to punt on six of their possessions.
The Bucs used the legs and arm of quarterback Luke Schavey to double the offense of the Arrows. BEA had 330 yards compared to 154 for Pipestone.
And, Schavey accounted for the majority of BEA’s yardage, passing for 75 yards on 9 of 18 attempts and rushing for 216 yards on 22 carries, scoring both of BEA’s touchdowns.
For the first half, which ended scoreless, neither team looked real sharp.
BEA’s four first half drives ended with three fumbles and turning the ball over on downs. Pipestone’s five first half drives ended with three punts and a fumble (recovered by Buccaneer Caleb Jordan) and having the clock expire for the half.
The second half started out much the same way.
The Buccaneers took the opening kick off and started on a march down the field.
They were aided by two 14-yard pass completions from Schavey to Bailey Olson, a 9-yard pass to Derek Johnson and a 19-yard run by Schavey.
But, that opening drive ended when the Arrows intercepted a Schavey pass.
Pipestone’s first second half possession ended quickly with the BEA defense forcing a punt.
It didn’t take long after that for the Buccaneers to finally get on the scoreboard.
On their second play, Schavey scampered 40 yards through the Arrow defenders for a touchdown.
Sam Hahn’s kick for an extra point was good and BEA enjoyed a 7-0 lead.
Both teams exchanged punts on their next possessions as the third quarter came to an end.
On their next possession, Pipestone went for it on a fourth and eight situation.
Buccaneer Kolt Gorg sacked the Arrow QB and BEA took over on downs.
Just two plays later, Buc quarterback Schavey broke loose again and ran 72 yards for BEA’s second touchdown.
Hahn’s kick was good again and the Bucs had a 14-0 lead.
BEA’s defense shut out the Pipestone squad the rest of the final quarter and the Bucs marched down the field near the end of the game.
They had three tries for a touchdown from the 10-yard line, but ended up trying a 21-yard field goal with little time left in the fourth quarter. The field goal attempt missed.
Besides Schavey, Conor Barnett gained 33 yards on the ground on nine carries. Jacob Johnson added 15 yards on five totes.
Derek Johnson was the leading receiver, gaining 50 yards on six catches. Olson added 28 yards on two receptions.
The Buccaneers’ season record went to 5-1 with the win over new Big South Conference opponent Pipestone.
This past Friday, Oct. 10, the maroon and gold traveled to New Ulm to take on the Eagles. The game was played after the deadline for this edition of the Faribault County Register. Details and photos will be included in the next week’s issue of the Register.
This week the Bucs travel to Luverne to take on the Cardinals in a Wednesday night game due to the Education Minnesota (formerly MEA) weekend. The game will be the final one of the regular season for the Bucs.
Post-season section play will begin on Tuesday night, Oct. 21, in games played at the site of the higher seeded team.