Bucs pull off a major shocker
To some, it was a surprise. But, not to the Blue Earth Area Buccaneer football team and their fans.
The Bucs, seeded at No. 5 in the Section 2AA football playoffs, and sporting a 4-4 record, traveled to New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva last Wednesday night to take on the No. 4 seeded Panthers who had a 6-2 record.
BEA not only took home the win, they did it with total domination, demolishing the Panthers 48-22.
Next up for the Buccaneers is a trip to Waterville on Tuesday night to take on the No. 1 seeded Waterville-Elysian-Morristown Buccaneers.
The WEM Bucs had a perfect 8-0 season record that went to 9-0 when they defeated Medford 41-12 last Wednesday night.
Game time is at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.
Against the NHREG Panthers, the BEA Bucs scored early and often.
The maroon and gold scored 14 points in the first quarter and 21 points in the second quarter, for a 35-0 half time lead.
Then they added another touchdown in both the third and fourth quarters.
Meanwhile, NRHEG had all three of their touchdowns in the fourth quarter against the Buccaneer reserves.
The Bucs had 421 total yards of offense in the game, compared to 170 for NRHEG. In fact, the Bucs had two players who each had over 100 yards rushing.
It did not take long for BEA to get that first score of the game.
After Logan Jahnke had a 34-yard return of the opening kickoff, Buccaneer quarterback Bailey Olson took the ball on the third play from scrimmage and went 56 yards for a touchdown.
The extra point kick by Fabien Riegelsberger was good and BEA led 7-0 right off the bat.
Riegelsberger’s point after touchdown kicks were perfect all night.
Both teams struggled in their next possessions with a total of five punts in a row.
But, the Buccaneers cut loose again when Camden Bowers carried the ball 82 yards to the endzone for another BEA TD.
The Bucs muffed the next punt catch, but it didn’t matter as they still stopped the Panthers and forced another punt.
This time the Bucs marched 75 yards to open the second quarter, and ended with a 10-yard touchdown run by Brandon Olson.
After the Bucs were forced to punt on their next possession, they held the Panthers and made them punt.
But, the punt attempt was muffed and BEA recovered the ball at the eight-yard line.
They scored just three plays later on a one-yard touchdown run by Brandon Olson again.
Just two plays later, after the kickoff, the Panthers fumbled the ball and the Bucs recovered at the 39.
Aided by a 35 yard pass completion from Bailey Olson to Tyler Hannaman, the Bucs were once again in scoring position as time was winding down in the half.
Olson connected with Chris Sanders for a four-yard touchdown pass.
With one more perfect extra point kick, the Buccaneers were able to take a 35-0 lead into halftime break.
After holding the Panthers to a three and out and a punt to start the second half, the Bucs again did not waste any time getting into the end zone.
The score came on a 28-yard pass completion from Olson to Kaylan Legred.
That put BEA up 42-0.
Neither team was able to score in the remainder of the third quarter.
With the maroon and gold reserves in for the fourth quarter, the Panthers were able to score twice, on pass completions of three and 15 yards. That cut the score to 42-14 after a two-point conversion on the second touchdown.
BEA’s reserves were able to score on the Panthers when Logan Jahnke, in at quarterback, took the ball 75 yards for a score. The extra point try by Mason Mauris missed, but the Bucs lead was at 48-14.
The Panthers managed one more TD, this time on a 9 yard run as time was running out. The two-point conversion was successful.
The final score became 48-22.
Bailey Olson was 5 of 10 passing for 83 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. Hannaman caught two passes for 44 yards, Legred had one pass that was 28 yards and good for a TD.
Brandon Olson had one catch for seven yeards and Sanders had one for four yards and a TD.
Bailey Olson was the leading rusher for BEA, gaining 139 yards on 13 attempts and scored a touchdown.
Bowers gained 102 yards and a TD on just four carries, while Jahnke had five totes for 76 yards and a TD.
Brandon Olson had eight carries for 20 yards but scored two touchdowns. Chandler Pettit had eight yards on five totes.
The Panthers were 10 of 24 passing for 33 yards. They had 60 yards, but lost 27 for a net of 33.
They also gained 137 yards rushing on 30 carries, They had 177 positive yards but lost 40 for the net gain of 137.
Other scores from last Wednesday include No. 2 Maple River defeating No. 7 Le Sueur-Henderson 35-10, and Kenyon-Wanamingo, No. 3 seed, defeating No. 6 Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial 42-6.