Bucs tame the Huskies 45-14
The glow of the lights from Swearingen Field provided a beacon for Blue Earth Area Buccaneer football fans as they made their way to the Jackson County Central sports complex to witness the opening game of the 2020 COVID-19 shortened season.
Although the hometown Huskies took the opening kickoff and orchestrated an eight-play 73-yard touchdown drive, it was the Bucs who would end up victorious, winning 45-14.
BEA used a multifaceted attack to score on their first five possessions.
A potent running game, an efficient passing attack and some exciting special teams’ play led to the Bucs taking a 30-6 lead at halftime.
BEA running back Max Ehrich, who led all Bucs’ runners with 121 yards rushing during the game, anchored the ground attack. Ehrich averaged over 7.5 yards per carry during the contest.
BEA’s receivers’ proficiency for catching the football was proof the All State Insurance Company is not the only ones with the ‘good hands’ people. The Bucs’ receiving corps hauled in 12 of the 14 passes thrown by senior quarterback Gavin Storbeck.
Storbeck’s pinpoint accuracy resulted in the Maroon and Gold gaining a total of 165 yards through the air and scoring four receiving touchdowns.
Trailing 6-0 after JCC’s opening drive, BEA needed only five plays to travel 68 yards to reach the end zone and tie the game at 6-6.
Following the Huskies’ kickoff the Bucs took over on their own 32-yard line. Ehrich carried the ball all five times, including a 47-yard gain, before plunging across the goal line to tie the game at 6-6. The point after touchdown (PAT) failed.
JCC could only manage one first down on their next possession before having to punt the ball back to BEA. Austin Thielfoldt fielded the kick at the Bucs’ eight-yard line and returned it 13 yards to the 21-yard line.
It took eight plays for BEA to score again. On the second play of the second quarter Storbeck completed a 37-yard touchdown pass to Cameron Anderson. The PAT failed giving the Bucs a 12-6 lead.
The Huskies began their next drive from their own 23-yard line and moved the ball eight yards to the 31-yard line before Ehrich knocked the ball loose from JCC running back Elijah Meium-Bratrud. BEA’s Luke Mertens recovered the ball at the 30-yard line to put the Bucs back in business again.
On the fifth play of the drive Storbeck connected with Thielfoldt for a 10-yard touchdown pass and an 18-6 Buccaneer lead.
It did not take long for the Bucs to strike again. The Huskies were once again stymied on offense and were forced to punt after seven plays.
Anderson fielded the punt on his own 25-yard line and headed for the JCC sideline before reversing course and picking up a wall of blockers as he made his way towards the BEA sideline. Once Anderson turned the corner he sprinted to the end zone for a 75-yard touchdown and a 24-6 lead for the Bucs with just over three and a half minutes remaining in the first half.
BEA added one more score in the first half. After stopping JCC on a fourth down play, the Bucs took over on the Huskies 35-yard line.
Ehrich ran the ball two times for a total of 14 yards before Storbeck connected with Anderson for a 21-yard touchdown pass. The PAT failed and the first half ended with BEA leading JCC by the score of 30-6.
BEA added two more touchdowns in the second half. One score came on a Storbeck to Ashton Lloyd pass for a 16-yards. The other touchdown was a 12-yard run by Waylen Douglas which capped off a 12-play 82-yard drive with 2:34 remaining in the game.
The Bucs had 359 yards of total offense to 197 for the Huskies. BEA rushed for 194 yards and passed for 165 yards. JCC was held to 67 yards on the ground and 130 yards in the air.
In addition to Ehrich’s 121 yards of rushing, Douglas picked up 30 yards on three carries, Cole Warmka ran for 29 yards on three rushes and Riley Anderson rushed for 20 yards on five carries.
Cameron Anderson had four receptions for 75 yards and two touchdowns. Lloyd scored one touchdown on four catches while gaining 56 yards. Thielfoldt finished with three receptions for 23 yards and one touchdown and Anders Fering caught one pass for 11 yards.
Storbeck completed 12 of 14 pass attempts for 165 yards and four touchdowns.
Adam Schavey led the defense with eight tackles, Kean Hicks and Ty Peterson each had seven.
In addition to the fumble recovery by Mertens, Thomas Claeys also claimed a fumble for the Bucs following a JCC miscue.
BEA was scheduled to host Luverne on Friday, Oct. 16, at Wilson Field. Results of the game will be in next week’s edition of the Faribault County Register.