Bucs down the Saints
That is what the Blue Earth Area Buccaneer football team had the first three quarters of their game against the St. James Saints on Friday night, Aug.28.
The Bucs built up a 30-0 lead after those first three quarters, before cruising to a 30-16 victory in the game played at Wilson Field.
How totally did they dominate?
The Buccaneers had touchdowns on five of their first seven possessions of the ball. The Saints had punts on seven of their first eight possessions.
The Bucs had 264 total yards of offense in the first half alone, to the Saints total of just three yards. For the whole game, BEA had 350 yards of total offense to 174 for St. James.
And, the Bucs had 21 first downs, compared to eight (mostly in the fourth quarter) for the Saints.
The Buccaneers scored right away in the opening quarter.
The first score came on a four-yard run by quarterback Bailey Olson early in the game.
The point after touchdown (PAT) failed on a muffed snap.
Then, just two plays into the second quarter, the Bucs struck again.
After a 26-yard run by Kolt Gorg, the next play was a five-yard touchdown run by Brandon Olson.
This time the PAT kick by BEA exchange student Fabien Riegelsberger was perfect, and with 11:28 to go in the second quarter, BEA was up 13-0.
The Bucs would score two more times before halftime, both times on passing plays.
The first one was a 19-yard touchdown pass from Bailey Olson to Tyler Hannaman with 8:26 still left on the clock before half.
Riegelsberger’s kick was perfect and the Bucs were up 20-0.
The Olson to Hannaman connection worked again, this time for a 14-yard TD with 4:59 left on the clock.
With Riegelsberger’s kick again perfect, the Buccaneers now led the Saints by a 27-0 score, going into the halftime break.
BEA came right back out and scored early in the third quarter.
After a nice long run by Brandon Olson, Gorg fought his way 33 yards for the Buccaneers’ final score of the game. With the good extra point, they led 34-0, with 10:16 left in the third.
BEA started to liberally substitute in the third and fourth quarters, giving some younger players the chance to see some varsity action.
The Saints were able to get on the scoreboard finally with a 39-yard touchdown run by Brady Halvorson with 11:14 left in the game.
But, the try for an extra point kick was wide left, making the score 34-6.
With 4:07 left in the game, the Saints kicker, Roi Wessels, tried and made a 41-yard field goal, to cut the Bucs lead to 34-9.
Then, with just under one minute left in the game, St. James scored on a pass play from the 12 yard line, Brady Stevens to Sandin Skow.
The kick was good and the game ended with the score 34-16 in BEA’s favor.
Bailey Olson was 10 of 14 passing for 120 yards. His primary target was Hannaman, who caught six of the seven passes thrown his way, good for 76 yards and the two touchdowns.
Brandon Olson was two for two receiving, gaining 39 yards.
Overall, BEA was 11 of 15 passing for 127 yards.
Gorg was the Buccaneers leading ground gainer, carrying the ball six times for 75 yards and a touchdown.
Brandon Olson had nine carries for 67 yards and a TD, while Bailey Olson carried 10 times for 45 yards and a TD. Camden Bowers added 38 yards on six totes.
Overall BEA gained 236 yards on 48 attempts.
Gorg also was the team leader on defense, with eight tackles and a sack.
BEA’s record now stands at 1-1.
This week the Bucs hosted Redwood Valley in a game on Friday night, Sept. 4. The game was played after the deadline for this week’s Faribault County Register, and the story and photos from the game will be included in the next week’s edition.