Six Bucs earn All-BSC nods
Six members of the Blue Earth Area Buccaneers football team were named All-Big South Conference honorees for their efforts in the 2016 season.
Quarterback Logan Jahnke, wide receiver/cornerback Kaylan Legred, lineman Jared Armon and running back/linebacker Zach Buseman were recognized as first-team all-conference recipients, while lineman Jesus Quintero and wide receiver/cornerback Chris Sanders earned honorable mention.
All seniors except Buseman, a junior, the six BEA standouts started for a Bucs team that won five straight games heading into the playoffs and competed for a trip to the Section 2AA championship in November.
Jahnke, a first-year starter under center, accounted for more than 1,700 yards from scrimmage for the maroon and gold, passing for 1,043 and gaining another 662 with his legs. His 10 rushing touchdowns, to go along with 11 scores through the air, led the Bucs, while Jahnke also totaled 48 tackles and two interceptions as a safety on the other side of the ball.
“He’s a playmaker,” said BEA head coach Randy Kuechenmeister. “He makes plays not only with his arm but with his feet, and he’s very versatile.”
Labeled a jack of all trades by Kuechenmeister, Legred carried the ball 32 times for 198 yards and three scores in 2016 but was also a frequent target out of the slot with 16 catches for 239 yards and four receiving touchdowns. With three picks and 13 kickoff returns for 342 yards and a touchdown, he also impacted defense and special teams.
“He’s quick and athletic at different positions,” Kuechenmeister said. “He knows how to make plays.”
A starting tackle for an offensive line that paved the way for 1,513 yards on the ground (4.48 yards per carry), Armon manned the end spot on the other side of the ball as well, logging 67 tackles and 1.5 sacks as a first-team defensive lineman.
“He can play inside or outside, and he’s hard to block,” Kuechenmeister said of Armon, who was also named an alternate for the Minnesota Football Showcase all-star game. “He’s just physical and solid.”
Buseman scored six times as BEA’s lead running back, gaining 354 yards on 99 carries and adding another touchdown as a receiver out of the backfield. But his main contribution came on “D,” where he led the Buccaneers with 88 tackles and added two sacks and a trio of fumble recoveries.
“He’s around the ball,” Kuechenmeister said. “A physical guy and he makes the plays.”
Legred’s counterpart as a fellow slot receiver and cornerback, Sanders finished second on the BEA squad with 78 tackles and a pair of interceptions. Also credited with a pick-six, he totaled 391 offensive yards, catching the ball 13 times and taking 20 carries, and fielded 13 kickoffs for 326 yards.
“Chris is tough and gritty,” Kuechenmeister said. “He’s probably not the biggest guy but plays with a lot of guts.”
Quintero, who played sparingly along the offensive line but was a regular on the defensive front and also contributed as a lead blocker in BEA’s rushing attack, totaled 72 tackles and 1.5 sacks for the Bucs.
“He’s quick off the ball, and he likes contact,” Kuechenmeister said.
Each of the Bucs’ six All-BSC honorees were also named All-District standouts as part of White Sub-District competition.