BEA falls to Pipestone
The Pipestone Arrows came to Blue Earth last Thursday night and quickly proved why they are ranked No. 2 in the state in Class 2A.
The Arrows shut out the Buccaneers 35-0 in the last regular season game of the year.
Pipestone amassed 405 total yards of offense, while limiting BEA to just 153. The Bucs gained a few more yards passing than the Arrows, 55 to 28, but it was on the ground that Pipestone controlled the game, gaining 377 yards on 56 carries.
Meanwhile the Bucs gained 98 yards on 27 carries.
But, it was a series of miscues that did in the maroon and gold, even when they did start to mount an offensive drive.
The Buccaneers had nine possessions of the ball during the game. Four of those ended with an Arrow interception of a Buc pass, three ended with a fumble and two ended with a punt.
Pipestone scored once in the first quarter on a 60-yard run and took a 7-0 lead.
In the second quarter they scored twice, on short runs into the end zone, to take a 20-0 lead into the half time break.
The Arrows added two more touchdowns in the third quarter.
On the second one, they tried for a two-point conversion. Despite the fact the Bucs were swarming the Arrow quarterback, he managed a desperate toss into the corner of the end zone and connected with a receiver for a lucky completion.
That made the score 35-0 and caused running time to be instituted for the fourth quarter, with neither team scoring any points in that final period.
Buccaneer quarterback Bailey Olson was 8 of 16 passing for 55 yards and had four interceptions.
Tyler Hannaman had two receptions for 27 yards to lead the receiving corps.
Jacob Vaske and Brandon Olson both had one catch for nine yards each. Kaylan Legred had three catches for eight yards and Chris Sanders had one grab for two yards.
Leading rusher was quarterback Olson who had 58 yards on 14 carries.
Brandon Olson gained 16 yards on four runs, Camden Bowers had 12 yards on one tote, and Legred had 10 yards on three runs.
A bright spot for the Buccaneers was Bowers who had two long kickoff returns, one for 49 yards and another for 45 yards.
Unfortunately the Bucs could not convert those good field positions into some points.
Next up for BEA is the first round of the Section 2AA playoffs, to be held this Wednesday, Oct. 14.
Although the seedings were not finalized as of the time this issue of the Faribault County Register went to press, it appeared the Bucs could be seeded at No. 5, and would then be playing the No. 4 seed at their site.
Although not yet finalized, that No. 4 seed will probably be New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva, which means the Bucs would play Wednesday in New Richland.
Check the Blue Earth Area Schools and the Faribault County Register websites for any updates.
Seedings were expected to be finalized by 8 a.m. Saturday morning.