November 27, 2008

Beulah athletes honored at Miner football banquet

Beulah head football coach Loy Ham compared the Miners’ season to a long train journey. At times, the train enjoyed scenic views from atop glorious peaks. At other times, the train chugged through some mountainous terrain, traveling through dark valleys. But all the while, the train gave its absolute all.

Last Thursday, the athletes and coaching staff that made that train go were honored during the annual Beulah Miner Football Banquet at the Beulah Elementary School.

Ham broke down the three-month ride for those in attendance, pointing out key points in the Miners’ 6-4 season, and third-place finish in AA West Region play.

With a 1-1 record, eventual State AA Champion Watford City came to Beulah and handed the Miners a 39-12 loss in the third game of the season. It was a turning point for the Miners.

"You can learn as much from a loss as a win," Ham said, "and the game was closer than the score indicated."

With those lessons learned, the Miners came out against Turtle Mountain and ran away with a 39-9 win in what Ham called the Miners’ "most complete football game of the season." The win was a springboard to greater things, and was the beginning of a five-game winning streak – a streak that included a win over perennial rival Dickinson Trinity at Dickinson.

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