Bucs fall to Cards
Redwood Valley’s touchdown with less than nine minutes left in the game proved to be the game winner as the visiting Cardinals held on to defeat the Blue Earth Area Buccaneers 15-9 at Wilson Field on Friday, September 6.
The Cardinals, who came into the game ranked tenth in Class AA, scored on their first possession of the game. The defense of the Cardinals forced the Buccaneers to punt on their opening drive and Redwood Valley took possession at their own 17-yard line.
The Cardinals used the power running of their 220-pound running back, Dan Kohler, and the elusiveness of their fleet footed quarterback, Cade Johnson, to move the ball down the field. The ninth play of the drive saw Johnson scamper for a 19-yard gain across the goal line to take the early lead. Johnson then kicked the extra point to make it 7-0 in favor of the Cardinals.
Camden Bowers returned the ensuing kick off 37 yards to the Redwood Valley 49-yard line to give the Bucs good field position. Bailey Olson opened the drive with a 14-yard pass completion to Tyler Hannaman to advance the ball to the 35-yard line.
Three plays later the Bucs found themselves facing fourth down with nine yards needed for a first down. An Olson pass to Kaylan Legred resulted in a 28-yard gain and moved the ball down to the six-yard line.
The Bucs used two running plays to advance the ball to the one-yard line. The Bucs fumbled on the next play but were able to recover the ball to set up a fourth down and goal situation from the four-yard line. Olson once again came through with a pass completion, this time to Kolt Gorg who caught the ball at the 2-yard line and carried it across the goal line to pull the Bucs to within one point of the Cardinals. Unfortunately for the Bucs the extra point kick hit the cross bar and fell short giving the Cardinals a 7-6 lead. The score would remain the same for the remainder of the first half as neither team could mount an effective drive against the opposing defense.
The third quarter was a battle for field position.
After stopping the Cardinals on their opening possession of the third quarter, the Bucs drove the ball from their own 35-yard line to the Redwood Valley 33-yard line before the drive stalled forcing a Buccaneer punt. Olson’s punt pinned the Cardinals deep in their own territory at their one-yard line. Three plays later the Cardinals had to punt from their own end zone. Kaylan Legred caught the ball on the Cardinal 39-yard line and returned the ball 20 yards to the 19-yard line.
The Bucs were unable to get a first down but a 30-yard field goal by Fabien Riegelsberger was good and the Bucs took a 9-6 lead as the third quarter ended.
The Cardinals began the fourth quarter by returning the kick off 27 yards to their own 42-yard line. An eleven play drive culminating with a 33-yard pass completion for a touchdown gave the Cardinals the lead for good. Their two-point conversion was good to make it a 15-9 score in favor of the Cardinals.
Blue Earth Area would have three more possessions in the game but unfortunately for the Bucs each possession ended in a turnover.
The Cardinals would outgain the Bucs 244 yards to 164 yards and have 15 first downs while the Bucs finished with 11 first downs.
Olson led the Bucs on offense completing 12 passes for 142 yards. He also led the team in rushing with a total of 38 yards.
Brandon Olson recorded 14 tackles and a fumble recovery, Gorg finished with 12 tackles and Jared Armon had six tackles and a sack to lead the defense.
The loss drops the Bucs’ record to 1-2. The Bucs traveled to Jackson to take on Jackson County Central on September 11. The game was played after the deadline for this week’s Faribault County Register, and the story from the game will be included in the next week’s edition.