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Bucs are State bound!

By Staff | Nov 10, 2019

Members of the Blue Earth Area football team pose in front of the scoreboard at the Janesville football field after defeating Medford 59-15 to qualify for the State Tournament. The victory by the Buccaneers gave them the Section 2AA championship. BEA last qualified for the State Tournament in 2017.

The Blue Earth Area Buccaneers football team won the Section 2AA championship and punched their ticket to the State Football Tournament with a 59-15 victory over the Medford Tigers. The game was played on Friday night, Nov. 1, at Janesville.

With the win, No. 6-ranked BEA (9-2) was set to face No. 3-ranked Minneapolis North (10-0) in a state quarterfinal game at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9, in Kasson. Results of that contest will be in next week’s edition of the Faribault County Register.

The Bucs got off to a fast start in the game against the Tigers. After receiving the opening kickoff, BEA began their initial drive at their own 29-yard line.

Koby Nagel took the hand-off from quarterback Gavin Storbeck and burst through the middle of the line for a 66-yard run to the Tigers’ five-yard line. One play later Nagel carried the ball over the goal line for the first score of the game. Caelan Sanders completed a pass to Max Ehrich for a two-point conversion and the Bucs led 8-0 with only 26 seconds run off of the game clock.

Medford was faced with a third down and six to go on their initial drive when Nagel intercepted a pass by Tiger’s quarterback Willie VonRuden and returned it to the 41-yard line of Medford.

It took six plays for BEA to score again with Nagel dashing through a hole for a 16-yard touchdown run. Storbeck completed a pass to Sanders for the two-point conversion and a 16-0 Buc lead with 7:18 remaining in the first quarter.

Medford scored on their next possession to close the gap to 16-8 with 6:25 left in the first quarter.

Cameron Anderson took the ensuing kickoff at his own 11-yard line and returned it 36 yards to the BEA 47. Two runs by Nagel advanced the ball 10 yards to the Tigers’ 43-yard line. Storbeck then hit Anderson as the wide receiver cut back to the middle, found a seam and hit the gas to outrun the Medford defenders for the Bucs’ third touchdown of the night. Storbeck went right back to Anderson with a pass for a two-point conversion and a 24-8 lead with 4:59 still remaining in the opening quarter.

BEA continued to shut down the Tigers’ offense and got the ball back with three minutes left in the first quarter.

The Bucs put together an 11-play, 70-yard drive which took 5:48 off of the play clock. The drive ended with Koby Nagel scoring from three yards out with 9:12 left in the second quarter. A Storbeck to Anderson pass was good for two more points and a 32-8 BEA lead.

After forcing Medford to punt again, the Bucs took over on their 41-yard line. BEA overcame a holding penalty to score on a six-play drive. Storbeck kept the ball and ran the last 29 yards in himself for the touchdown. Sanders ran the ball in for a two-point conversion and a 40-8 lead with 4:56 to go until the end of the first half.

Medford received the ball to start the second half and ran three plays before punting to BEA.

It only took three plays for the Bucs to cover 53 yards for another touchdown. Sanders used his speed to zip past the Tiger defenders for a 35-yard touchdown reception. Kean Hicks kicked the extra point to make it 47-8 in favor of BEA with 9:00 to go in the third quarter.

The Bucs took out their starters and the Tigers scored another touchdown. But the BEA reserves scored two touchdowns of their own. Jaxen Klinkner rushed for a four-yard touchdown and Cole Warmka scored the final points of the evening on a run up the middle for four yards.

The statistics showed just how dominate BEA was. The Bucs’ offense totaled 476 yards while the defense held the Tigers to just 94 yards of total offense.

BEA averaged 8.7 yards per play while Medford could only gain 2.4 yards per play.

Breaking it down further, the Bucs averaged 7.6 yards per rushing play and 21.4 yards per pass completion.

BEA had 25 first downs to seven for Medford. Time of possession favored the Bucs by over eight minutes.

Individually, Storbeck completed 7 of 12 pass attempts for 150 yards and two touchdowns. The junior quarterback also rushed for one touchdown.

Nagel was the leading rusher with 155 yards on 17 carries and three touchdowns. Klinkner and Warmka also had rushing touchdowns.

Sanders had five receptions for 96 yards and a touchdown. Anderson caught two balls for 54 yards and a touchdown.

Leading the way on defense for the Bucs was Zach Murphy with five tackles. Jack Frundt, Nick Frank and Luke Schonborn all recorded four tackles.

Adam Griffin, Zach Murphy and Luke Mertens all had a quarterback sack.

Nagel had an interception and Logan O’Hara had a fumble recovery.