The moment that the Beulah has been working toward arrived Monday in the opening round of the District 14 Tournament. The Miners rampaged through three tough opponents in two days to punch their ticket to the Region 4 Tournament beginning Monday in Bowman.
The seven miles that separate Hazen and Beulah aren’t the only things keeping these two District 14 teams from knowing each other well. As the pair have faced several times this season, each match is a little different as the squads prove what they have improved on from the last meeting.
Three weeks ago the Beulah football coaching staff sat down with their schedule in hand; looking hard at what needed to happen in their immediate future for a chance at the playoffs. What they found where a lot of “ifs” but one thing was for sure: Beulah must win all their remaining games to have a shot.
All the ingredients have been in the huddle all season but it took a 180-mile, one way, trip for Beulah to put all the pieces together. As they traveled to Bottineau Friday, the team that walked off the bus displayed all the Miners have been working for this season and were rewarded with a 34-15 win in Class AA West Region football.
It took 21 plays and nearly 13 minutes off the clock Friday but Beulah’s new offensive scheme proved it could find the end zone. After being shut out the first three games of the season, the Miners scored both offensive and defensive touchdowns to defeat Turtle Mountain 12-0 during Homecoming week celebrations.
Looking back on the first three weeks of the 2009 high school football season, Beulah’s 0-3 record may be deceiving. The Class AA team has played the No. 2 team in Class A in Hazen, and the No. 2 and No. 3 teams in Class AA football in Dickinson Trinity and Devils Lake.
The Beulah volleyball team likes to give its fans their money’s worth. Four times already in this infant season the Miners have gone into extra points and opening their regular season action Sept. 1 against New England was no different.
Loy Ham knew if there was ever a time to change the way Miner football is played, the 2009 season would be it. After the loss of several key positions and a new two-year realignment plan in effect, Beulah took the opportunity to change its offensive and defensive scheme.
Seven miles, four quarters and 100 yards separate Hazen and Beulah this Friday for the right to claim another year of bragging rights and house the traveling Coal Bowl trophy once again. But in its 30th year, this Coal Bowl is unlike any of its predecessors.