Bucs crush the Luverne Cardinals
The Blue Earth Area Buccaneers amassed 394 yards of total offense on their way to a 31-7 romp over the Luverne Cardinals last Wednesday night in Luverne.
The game featured two Big South Conference teams with identical 6-1 records. But, the game belonged totally to the Buccaneers and the win was sure to secure them a No. 1 seed in the Section 2AAA Tournament which starts this week on Tuesday night.
The Bucs took the early lead and led 21-7 at the half. They tacked on another 10 points in the second half while shutting out the Cardinals.
Three out of the Bucs’ four first half possessions ended with a touchdown.
After the Bucs had been forced to punt after their first possession, they got the ball back when they forced a Cardinal fumble.
It didn’t take long for BEA to get a score.
After a 35-yard pass completion from Luke Schavey to Bailey Olson, Schavey tried another pass to Olson in the end zone. It was incomplete.
He came right back to Olson again for a 31-yard connection for the touchdown.
Sam Hahn, who was 4 for 4 for point after touchdown kicks, put BEA ahead 7-0.
The Cardinals’ next possession ended when they went for it on a fourth and five situation and the Bucs took over on downs.
The Bucs got their next score using a 31-yard run by Schavey, a 21-yard pass play to Conor Barnett (on a fourth and 16 play) and then a 16-yard rumble into the end zone for the score by Jacob Johnson.
With the kick good, BEA was up 14-0.
The Bucs forced a punt on the Cardinals’ next possession, and then took just two plays to get into the end zone yet again.
Schavey took off on a big 50-yard run for a touchdown. With the kick good, BEA now led 21-0.
Luverne’s next possession resulted in their first and only score of the game. The touchdown came on a six-yard run late in the second quarter.
Halftime score stood at 21-7.
The Bucs’ first possession of the second half ended with an attempted 42-yard field goal which was blocked and recovered by the Cardinals.
BEA’s defense, however, stopped Luverne from getting a first down and forced a punt.
Despite a 45-yard pass completion from Schavey to Bailey Olson, the Bucs also had to punt on their next possession.
Connor Thielfoldt put the stop on the Cards when he sacked the quarterback for a 15 yard loss on a fourth and six attempt, and BEA took over on downs.
This drive ended with a successful 27-yard field goal attempt by Hahn, pushing the Bucs’ lead to 24-7.
After another punt by Luverne, BEA got one more touchdown when Jacob Johnson found the end zone on a 15-yard scoring run.
That made the final score 31-7.
Schavey was just 5 of 15 passing completions, but it was good for 150 yards and a touchdown.
Bailey Olson caught just three passes, but they were good for 111 yards and a touchdown. Jack Kennedy caught one pass for 23 yards and Barnett one for 21.
The Bucs had two ball carriers each surpass 100 yards in the game.
Jacob Johnson carried the ball 17 times for 133 yards and Schavey ran for 111 yards on 15 carries.
The Cardinals were 7 of 14 passing for 63 yards and gained 202 yards on 38 running attempts.
The BEA Buccaneers will now enter post-season play with a game this Tuesday night, Oct. 21, at home at Wilson Field in Blue Earth.
If they win that game, the next contest would be on Saturday, Oct. 25, also expected to be played in Blue Earth.
BEA 35, New Ulm 6
High flying offense and a crushing defense.
The Blue Earth Area Buccaneers football team used that one-two punch to knock out the New Ulm Eagles on Friday night, Oct. 10 in New Ulm.
The Bucs’ offense scored 28 points in the first half on their way to a 35-6 Big South Conference win and a record of 6-1.
Meanwhile the Buccaneer stifling defense forced the Eagles’ 12 possessions of the football to end with six punts, three fumbles, one turnover on downs, an end of a quarter and a single touchdown.
The Bucs dominance in the game was not quite so apparent on the stat sheet as it was on the scoreboard.
BEA had 281 yards of offense compared to New Ulm’s 215.
The Eagles outrushed the Bucs 180 yards to 75, with 86 of New Ulm’s yardage coming on a third quarter touchdown run.
But, BEA was dominant in the air, out passing New Ulm 206 yards to 35.
Quarterback Luke Schavey was 9 of 18 with two touchdowns.
The Bucs scored on the very first possession of the game, driving 60 yards in eight plays.
Jacob Johnson took the ball 33 yards into the end zone for the touchdown and Sam Hahn’s kick for extra point was good. Hahn would again be perfect in that category, going 5 for 5 in the game.
The Buc defense forced an Eagle punt and the maroon and gold immediately took off on another scoring drive.
This time it was a 70 yard, 11 play drive down the field that culminated with a nine yard touchdown run by Brandon Olson.
The first quarter ended with the Buccaneers comfortably in the lead 14-0.
The Bucs next scoring drive was much shorter, both in distance and time.
After forcing yet another Eagle punt, the Bucs took just three plays to get into the end zone.
The drive ended with a 48 yard pass completion from Schavey to Derek Johnson for the score.
The Bucs’ next drive was just as quick.
After once again stopping the Eagle’s drive, this time by Caleb Johnson recovering a New Ulm fumble, the Bucs again took just three plays to score.
After a Bailey pass reception good for 25 yards, Jacob Johnson rushed for four yards and the touchdown.
The Buccaneers led 28-0 at the half.
The Bucs stopped the Eagles opening drive of the second half, helped in part by BEA’s Caleb Jordan sacking the Eagle quarterback for a 24 yard loss.
This time, after receiving the punt, the Bucs did not need three plays to score. They did it in two.
Schavey connected with Bailey Olson for a 37 yard touchdown pass. With the kick for extra point, BEA now was ahead 35-0.
The Eagles got their score after a Buccaneer punt. It was an 86-yard run, which started at the Eagles own 14-yard line. New Ulm missed on their pass attempt for the two-point conversion.
The third quarter ended with BEA ahead 35-6. That score became the final when neither team added to their tally during the fourth quarter.
Jacob Johnson was the Buccaneers’ leading rusher, gaining 48 yards on seven carries and scored two touchdowns. Brandon Olson added 14 yards on three totes and had a TD, Schavey 13 yards on two carries and Camden Bowers 12 on seven attempts.
Derek Johnson gained 101 yards with four catches, one for a touchdown. Bailey Olson had 62 yards on two grabs and also had a TD.
For the Eagles, Cooper Yackley was 5 of 11 for 44 yards passing. Jordan Hillesheim carried the ball nine times for 122 yards including the 86-yard touchdown run.