Bucs race to a win
The Blue Earth Area Buccaneers scored one touchdown in each of the first three quarters on their way to a 21-12 win over the Martin County West Mavericks on Friday night, Sept. 18.
While the Buccaneers controlled the ground game, the Mavericks dominated through the air.
BEA accumulated 340 yards on the ground, while limiting MCW to a negative five yards.
But, the Mavericks made up for it with 284 yards passing to just 25 for the Bucs.
Total offense ended up 365 yards for BEA and 279 for MCW.
But it was the Buccaneers who struck paydirt first.
The first drives for both teams ended by fumbling the ball away to the opposition. MCW’s second position ended with a punt, and the Bucs’ second series failed when they went on a fourth and one try and did not get it.
But, finally, after Bailey Olson intercepted a Maverick pass attempt, the Bucs mounted a sustained 72-yard drive.
Highlights included a 31-yard gain by Camden Bowers and a 22-yard scramble by Kolt Gorg.
Then the drive ended with a nine-yard run by quarterback Olson for a touchdown. The point after touchdown kick by Fabien Riegelsberger was good and the Bucs enjoyed a 7-0 lead.
The second quarter started off with MCW capping off a 73-yard drive of their own with a nine-yard touchdown pass. The extra point was blocked by the Bucs, so the score stood at 7-6.
Both teams had their next drives end when they attempted to go for it on fourth downs and failed to get a first down. BEA’s try came after they had gained excellent field position when Camden Bowers ran the kickoff back 59 yards.
However, they went on a fourth and eight at the 31-yard line and did not get it.
But, after the Mavs turned the ball over on downs to the Bucs, BEA had a second and 13 situation from their own 11-yard line.
Quarterback Olson took the ball himself, racing 89 yards for a touchdown. Riegelsberger’s kick for PAT was good again and BEA had a solid 14-6 lead.
That turned out to be the score at the half.
The maroon and gold wasted little time scoring when the second half kicked off.
Buccaneer Logan Jahnke took the kickoff at his own nine and ran it back to the Maverick 35-yard line, a return of 56 yards.
From there, Olson carried the ball three times, on runs of 10, 5 and a touchdown scramble of 20 yards. Riegelsberger stayed perfect with his kicks and the Bucs took a 21-6 lead early in the second half.
After both teams had a punt and both had a pass intercepted, the Mavericks got on the board again in the third quarter.
They scored on a 30-yard pass play. But, when they attempted a pass for the two-point conversion, the Buccaneers sacked the quarterback before he could get the pass off.
The score stood at 21-12 in favor of BEA, and with no score in the fourth period, that ended up being the final tally.
Leading rusher for BEA was Olson who carried the ball 20 times for 203 yards and all three touchdowns.
Gorg had 14 totes and gained 93 yards. Bowers had 33 yards on two carries and Kaylan Legred 16 yards on four tries.
Olson ended up passing for 25 yards, completing three of eight attempts. All three completions went to Tyler Hannaman.
MCW ran the ball 18 times, but had a net loss of five yards. They gained 32 yards, but also lost 37 yards to give them the negative total.
The Mavericks were 23 of 47 passing, gaining a net of 284 yards and scoring two touchdowns.
This past Friday night the Buccaneers hosted the Windom Eagles for the Bucs homecoming game. That game was played after the deadline for this edition of the Faribault County Register and details and photos will be included in the next issue.
This week the Buccaneers travel to Luverne to take on the Cardinals on Friday night, Oct. 2.