Bucs suffer first defeat of season
The Blue Earth Area Buccaneers football team suffered their first loss of the season when they traveled to Pipestone on Friday, Sept. 27, and were beaten by the Arrows 40-21.
Missed tackles, dropped balls, blown assignments and other mistakes all played a part in the Bucs’ downfall.
The Arrows, known for their ability to pound and grind their way down the field, scored four of their touchdowns on plays covering 49 yards or more. Pipestone quarterback JT Tinklenberg completed four of his five passes for 193 yards and three touchdowns.
Yet, the Buccaneers had their chances. They were just unable to capitalize on the opportunities when they had the chance.
BEA received the opening kickoff and started from their own 34-yard line. They ran nine plays and moved the ball to the Pipestone 33-yard line before the drive stalled and the Arrows took over on their own 35.
Pipestone, which was celebrating their Homecoming, only needed two plays to cover the 65 yards needed for a touchdown. The extra point attempt failed but the Arrows led 6-0 with just over seven minutes left in the first quarter.
BEA began their next drive at their 35-yard line. A 23-yard scamper by quarterback Gavin Storbeck and 15-yard run by running back Koby Nagel were big plays in an eight-play scoring drive which put the Bucs on the board. Kean Hicks booted the ball through the uprights and the Bucs took a 7-6 lead with 3:42 remaining in the first quarter.
Pipestone did not wait long to retake the lead. After starting their drive on their 35-yard line, they used four plays to move the ball to midfield. Tinklenberg then connected on a pass to Arrow’s wide receiver Lucus Winter for a 50-yard touchdown. Following another unsuccessful PAT, the Arrows led 12-7 with just over a minute to go in quarter number one.
Following a short kick by the Arrows, the Bucs had good field position on their 40-yard line.
Six consecutive running plays by Nagel covered the 60 yards and resulted in a BEA touchdown with 10:32 to go until halftime. The PAT failed but the Bucs held a 13-12 lead.
The Arrows returned the Hicks kickoff to their 38-yard line. It only took one play, a 62-yard touchdown pass, for Pipestone to retake the lead. This time the two-point conversion was good and the score was now 20-13 in favor of the Arrows.
BEA’s next drive stalled and Pipestone took over with 5:50 to go until halftime. Pipestone put together an 11 play, 70 yard drive for a touchdown to take a 26-13 lead after the failed PAT.
Nagel came close to taking the ensuing kickoff back for a touchdown but the Bucs ended up on Pipestone’s 30-yard line with 25 seconds left in the first half. BEA was unable to take advantage of the situation as the first half came to a close with Pipestone still holding a 26-13 lead.
Scoring in the third quarter was limited to just one touchdown, which Pipestone accomplished on their opening drive of the second half. The PAT failed but the Arrows now held a 32-13 lead over the Bucs with 7:08 to go in the third quarter.
Pipestone made it 40-13 when they put together a drive which consisted of 20 plays and covered 68 yards. The drive consumed the final five minutes and 48 seconds of the third quarter and over two minutes of the fourth quarter.
The final score of the evening came on BEA’s next possession when Storbeck connected with wide receiver Cameron Anderson for a 29-yard touchdown pass. Storbeck then threw the ball to Nagel for a 2-point conversion to make the score 40-21 in the Arrows’ favor.
Pipestone had 422 total yards of offense while BEA had 233. The Bucs had 185 yards rushing on 29 attempts for a 6.4 average per attempt. The Arrows rushed the ball 47 times for 229 yards, a 4.9 average.
Nagel led BEA with 22 carries for 156 yards. Storbeck added 24 yards on four carries.
The Bucs played host to the Jackson County Central Huskies, the No. 2-ranked team in class AAA, on Friday, Oct. 4.
Results of that game will be in next weeks’ edition of the Register.