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Bucs steamroll Mavs; 21-0 on the road

BEA’s ground-and-pound offense outgains MCW 271 to 76

October 1, 2017
Robert Brewer - Register Staff Writer , Faribault County Register

On Friday, Sept. 22, the Blue Earth Area Buccaneers (2-2) traveled to Martin County West for their showdown with the Mavericks (1-3). As it turned out, the Bucs steamrolled right through the Mavs en route to a decisive 21-0 victory.

Showcasing a potent ground attack, Blue Earth Area followed the same script as they did in their previous win over Jackson County Central. The Buccaneers' dominant rushing attack carried the day by amassing a whopping 271 rushing yards. By comparison, Martin County West netted just 76 yards on the ground.

The BEA offense excelled on first down throughout the game, consistently setting themselves up for manageable second and third down opportunities.

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Blue Earth Area Buccaneer Zach Buseman records one of his team-high 14 tackles against Martin County West. Buseman also racked up a team-high 135 rushing yards and reached the endzone late in the third quarter to help BEA to a 21-0 victory on Sept. 22.

Because of such an incredible ground game, the Bucs only needed to attempt nine passes the entire contest. After the game, BEA head coach Randy Kuechenmeister revealed his team's run-heavy play selection gave the Bucs the best chance to win.

"By running the ball, it helped us control the game," Kuechenmeister said. "We just stuck with what was working because it made the most sense at the time."

Blue Earth Area's Blake Barnett racked up 119 rushing yards and two touchdowns from the quarterback position.

In the first quarter, Barnett capped off a 12 play, 71-yard drive with a one yard plunge into the endzone.

In the second quarter, Barnett torched the Mavs defense on a scintillating 34-yard touchdown gallop. Barnett zig-zagged out of harm's way several times, running in and out of traffic on his way to paydirt. Coach Kuechenmeister described what he saw on the play.

"It was a sweep action play and Blake showed good vision and made a nice cutback. It was an excellent run."

Meanwhile, senior running back Zach Buseman paced the Bucs in rushing for the second straight week with 135 yards and a score of his own. Bulldozing through the front seven while moving piles of defenders with regularity were constant themes throughout the evening.

"Zach is a tough, physical kid and he made some good cuts and used his vision to find the holes," coach Kuechenmeister said. "He also made some holes of his own."

Buseman muscled his way into the endzone for a one-yard touchdown late in the third quarter which effectively salted away the win for the Bucs.

On the defensive side of the ball, Buseman also made his presence felt as he registered a team-high 14 tackles and one sack. Coach Kuechenmeister credits Buseman's trademark aggressiveness and good tackling technique as being the keys to his outstanding performance.

As for future Golden Gopher Trevor Oppedal, he also terrorized the Mavericks on both sides of the ball as he recorded six tackles and a sack.

As the anchor of a dominant offensive line, Oppedal showcased the skills that he will bring to the Big 10 Conference next fall. Oppedal routinely won his individual battles at the point of attack.

The physical 6-foot-7 inch senior consistently caved in the Martin County West defensive line, leaving gaping holes for BEA rushers to take advantage of. Coach Kuechenmeister believes the young prospect is now coming into his own.

"Trevor is hard to move on defense and he moves people on offense. He did a great job of working through a block to get to the quarterback for a sack. He moves very well for a big man," Kuechenmeister added.

Senior Rylee McGuire also stood out with his play on defense. Now settling into a new position at defensive end, coach Kuechenmeister saw how well McGuire established a new line of scrimmage by consistently setting the edge.

"I thought Riley did a great job of taking care of offensive linemen so our linebackers were free to make plays," Kuechenmeister explained. "We are really becoming more consistent on both sides of the ball."

BEA's next game was homecoming and took place on Friday, Sept. 29 against Windom. Results from this game will be available in the next edition of the Faribault County Register.



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