Bucs dominate the Cardinals
That is what the Blue Earth Area Buccaneer football team did to the Fairmont Cardinals on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 25, at Wilson Field.
The Bucs defeated the Cards for the second time this season. This time it was a 34-0 victory over their Big South Conference rivals in a Section 3AAA semifinal game.
The win set up a Section championship game between the No. 1 seeded Buccaneers and the No. 3 seeded Belle Plaine Tigers.
Belle Plaine had defeated the No. 2 seed, Worthington, 58-25, to get to the championship game. The Section 3AAA title game was played at 7 p.m. this past Friday, Oct. 31, once again in Blue Earth.
Details and photos of the game against Belle Plaine, which was played after the deadline for this week’s Faribault County Register, will be in next week’s issue. The results will also be posted on the Register’s website and Facebook page.
In the game against the Cardinals, the stats show just how much the Buccaneers had control of the game, both on offense and defense.
BEA amassed 408 total yards to Fairmont’s 126, had 30 first downs to their six, and while the Bucs forced the Cards to punt five times, they never had to kick the ball away even once themselves.
The Buc defense got in the action as well, ending four Cardinal drives by causing and recovering fumbles.
The maroon and gold were not without having a few glitches of their own, however.
After forcing the Cards to punt on their first possession, the Buccaneers looked to be about to score a touchdown when Fairmont intercepted a BEA pass near the end zone.
But, it turned out to be just a temporary delay before a BEA touchdown.
The Bucs blocked a Cardinal punt and just three plays later had Jacob Johnson carry the ball in from the one-yard line for the score.
With a good extra point kick by Sam Hahn, BEA had the early 7-0 lead with 4:59 left in the first quarter.
The Buccaneers had a sense of deja vu when their next attempt at a score ended the same way the first try did with an interception instead of a score.
After getting the ball back from the Cards when Bailey Olson recovered a Fairmont receiver’s fumble after a completed pass, the Bucs were on the move towards the end zone.
But the drive ended this time when a Luke Schavey pass was intercepted by the Cards inside the end zone.
The Cards ended the first quarter and started the second with their longest drive of the game 41 yards. But, eventually the Bucs forced another Fairmont punt.
This time the Bucs put on an impressive 97-yard sustained drive that ended with an 8-yard touchdown run by Johnson for his second score.
With the extra point kick, the Bucs led 14-0 with 5:08 left in the half.
It would not be long before BEA would score again.
The Cards completed a pass on their second play from scrimmage on the next possession, but fumbled the ball and Connor Thielfoldt recovered it for BEA.
Just five plays later, Johnson rumbled into the end zone for his third TD of the game. The kick was good and BEA took a commanding 21-0 lead with 4:42 left in the half.
Fairmont’s next possession ended with Thielfoldt recovering another Cardinal fumble.
This time the Bucs tried a 42-yard field goal attempt near the end of the half, but Hahn’s kick was blocked.
BEA took the second half kickoff and proceeded to march down the field 58 yards in 10 plays and this time Conor Barnett took the ball in from the 4-yard line for the touchdown.
Hahn’s kick for extra point missed just left, but the Bucs had a 27-0 lead with 7:05 left in the third quarter.
They were not done putting points on the scoreboard as BEA added one more TD in the fourth quarter.
After forcing yet one more Cardinal punt, BEA went on an 80-yard, 16 play march down the field.
It ended when the Bucs were faced with a fourth down and 17 yards to go situation at the 24-yard line and went for it.
Schavey connected with Bailey Olson for a 24-yard touchdown pass.
With the kick, BEA now led 34-0 with 8:31 left in the game.
After forcing the Cards to punt one final time, BEA marched near the end zone but then had their quarterback take a knee for four straight downs. They turned the ball over on downs back to the Cards for the final minute of the game.
The Bucs dominated on the ground, amassing 355 yards. Two Buccaneers each went over 100 yards rushing. Schavey had 134 yards on 19 carries and Jacob Johnson had 123 on 18 totes with the three TDs.
Camden Bowers added 43 yards on four carries and Brandon Olson 42 on nine rushes. Barnett had three totes for 19 yards and a touchdown.
Schavey was 6 of 8 passing for 53 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions.
Derek Johnson caught all four passes thrown his way for 34 yards. Bailey Olson caught both balls thrown his way for 31 yards and a touchdown.
The Cardinals quarterback, Spencer Chirpich, was 8 of 18 in the air for 72 yards. Christian Engeman had five catches for 44 yards and Nate Johnson two for 21.
Leading rusher for Fairmont was Thomas Willett who had 44 yards on eight carries.