Bucs down Eagles, improve to 4-0
The Blue Earth Area Buccaneers football team trailed for the first time this year when the Windom Eagles took an 8-6 lead early in the first quarter.
But then BEA reeled off 55 unanswered points to end Homecoming week on a positive note with a 61-8 victory.
The Bucs had 526 yards of offense while their defense limited the Eagles to only 126 total yards.
Gavin Storbeck continued his solid play at quarterback in the contest. The junior signal-caller engineered a very efficient passing attack by completing 10 of 11 passes for 144 yards and one touchdown.
Meanwhile, the BEA ground game was piling up the yards. Koby Nagel had 22 rushing attempts for 185 yards for an average of 8.4 yards per carry.
“It was nice to get another win; we just wore them down,” head coach Randy Kuechenmeister said.
The game opened with Windom attempting an onside kick. BEA recovered the kick which gave them excellent field position for their opening drive at their own 44-yard line.
It only took the Bucs six plays and a little over two minutes to travel 56 yards for their first score of the night. Their point after touchdown (PAT) kick failed but BEA held a 6-0 lead.
The ensuing kickoff sailed out-of-bounds so the Eagles began their drive on their 35-yard line. After getting one first down, Windom faced a second down and 10-to-go from their own 46 yard line. The Bucs appeared to have stopped quarterback Kade Simmons in the middle of the line but the junior speedster bounced to the outside and raced to the end zone.
The Eagles converted their two-point PAT and led the Bucs 8-6 with 7:39 remaining in the first quarter.
Another short kick by the Eagles gave the Maroon and Gold the ball at their own 40-yard line. Koby Nagel ran the ball seven times to gain 53 of the 60 yards needed for a touchdown. A Storbeck pass to Caelan Sanders covered the final seven yards for the go-ahead score. Storbeck then found Anders Fering open in the end zone for the two-point conversion which gave BEA a 14-8 lead with 4:02 left in the first quarter.
The Bucs added three touchdowns in the second quarter. Sanders 17-yard run capped off a five-play 41-yard drive to put BEA up 20-0. Cameron Anderson caught a Storbeck pass for a successful PAT and a 22-0 lead seven seconds into the second quarter.
Nagel’s 29-yard run set up the Bucs’ next score. Nagel’s scamper was part of a 10-play 62-yard drive which began when BEA stopped Windom on a fourth down play. The PAT kick was good by Kean Hicks to make the score 29-8 in favor of the Bucs with 4:40 to go until halftime.
BEA’s next score came as a result of an Anderson interception of a Sammons pass. The turnover put the Bucs on their own 38-yard line. It took just six plays for the home team to reach the end zone again. Hicks kicked the extra point and BEA led 36-8 with 47 seconds left in the first half.
The Bucs added 19 more points in the third quarter and six more in the final quarter when sophomore Zach Herrmann returned a punt 55 yards for a touchdown.
Five different BEA receivers caught Storbeck passes. Sanders had four receptions for 46 yards, Nagel caught three balls for 33 yards. Anderson, Fering and Austin Thielfoldt each had one catch with Anderson’s being good for 47 yards.
On defense it was Riley Anderson who led the team in tackles with nine. Adam Schavey recorded seven tackles and Jack Frundt had six.
The win improves BEA’s record to 4-0. With the loss Windom fell to 1-3.
The Bucs traveled to Pipestone on Sept. 27 to take on the 3-1 Pipestone Arrows. Results of that contest will be in next week’s edition of the Faribault County Register.