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Football team starts season 3-0

By Staff | Sep 22, 2019

The Bucs’ Caelan Sanders eludes the would-be Saints’ tackler on his way to a big gain. Sanders had six receptions for a total of 85 yards and two touchdowns. Sanders also returned the opening kickoff of the second half 75 yards for a BEA touchdown. The team now had a 3-0 record as they prepared to host the Windom Eagles on Sept. 20, for their Homecoming game.

If a person were to study the statistics from the football game between the St. Peter Saints and the host Blue Earth Area Buccaneers played last Friday, Sept. 13, they would probably get the impression the Saints had won.

After all, the Saints piled up 450 total yards compared to 284 for the Bucs. St. Peter also ran 80 plays from the line of scrimmage while BEA only ran 41. The visitors outgained the Maroon and Gold on the ground, in the air and had 24 first downs to only 13 for the Bucs.

But in the statistic which matters the most, BEA came out on top over St. Peter by a final score of 46-36.

The Bucs were the first team to strike. The Saints received the opening kickoff but on their first play from scrimmage Jack Frundt recovered a fumble caused by Luke Mertens and the Bucs had the ball with only 12 seconds having run off the clock.

BEA put together a drive which culminated with Caelan Sanders hauling in a Gavin Storbeck pass for an 18-yard touchdown. Kean Hicks kicked the extra point and the Bucs were on top 7-0 with 8:26 left in the first quarter.

The Saints offense wasn’t on the field long on their next possession, either. This time the Bucs’ Cameron Anderson stepped in front of a Saints’ pass thrown by quarterback Wyatt Olson and returned it 44 yards for a touchdown with 8:02 left in the opening quarter. The extra point kick failed so the BEA lead was 13-0.

The score remained the same until the first play of the second quarter. This time Storbeck connected with Anderson for a 33-yard touchdown pass. BEA attempted a two-point conversion but it was no good. With the clock showing 11:52 to go until halftime, the Bucs led 19-0 over the Saints.

St. Peter then scored two touchdowns before halftime to swing the momentum their way and cut BEA’s lead to 19-14.

The Bucs regained the momentum when Caelan Sanders had trouble fielding the opening kickoff of the third quarter before finally picking it up and racing down the Buccaneer sideline for a 75-yard touchdown return. A two-point conversion was good on a Storbeck to Zach Herrmann pass to put BEA on top 27-14.

Later in the third quarter the Bucs got the ball again, and with 6:31 to go in the quarter, Storbeck hit Anderson for a 27-yard touchdown pass. The two-point conversion failed which made it a 33-14 game in favor of BEA.

The home team added one more score in the third quarter. This time it was Sanders making an acrobatic catch of a Storbeck pass in the corner of the end zone for a 14-yard touchdown. Hicks kicked the extra point to give BEA a 40-14 lead.

The Saints battled back with a touchdown but the Bucs were not done either.

They recovered St. Peter’s on-side kick attempt and had good field position on their own 45-yard line. Koby Nagel took the hand-off and cut left to the side line to score a 55-yard touchdown run. The extra point try failed but BEA now led 46-21.

St. Peter scored two more times and had the ball again before Nagel’s interception sealed the victory for the Bucs.

“This was a big win for us, the guys played hard and kept their composure,” head coach Randy Kuechenmeister said.

Quarterback Storbeck completed 13 of 15 passes for 185 yards and four touchdowns.

Nagel rushed for 103 yards on 14 attempts and caught one pass for 16 yards.

Sanders had six receptions for 85 yards and two touchdowns in addition to his 75-yard kick-off return for a touchdown.

Anderson also scored three touchdowns. In addition to his interception return for a TD, he also caught four passes for 74 yards and two TDs.

Adam Schavey led the defense with 15 tackles, followed by Frundt and Anderson with eight tackles each. Sanders, Jaxen Klinkner and Nick Frank each recorded seven tackles.

The Bucs hosted Windom on Friday, Sept. 20 for their Homecoming game. Find the results for that game in next week’s edition of the Faribault County Register.