Beulah FB gets a big win
BY JARANN JOHNSON
Last Friday wasn’t a good day to be ranked No. 1 in the state. Friday evening three of the state’s top-ranked teams fell on their home field.
All of the teams are dynasty-type teams. Bismarck lost to Dickinson, Cavalier lost to Thompson in a 9-man game, and St. Mary’s suffered the same fate.
St. Mary’s, the two-time defending state champs, couldn’t overcome Beulah’s will to win and failed 20-13.
At the start of the game it looked like St. Mary’s was going to make quick work of it, like they had the previous two times Beulah and St. Mary’s met. St. Mary’s quickly crossed mid-fi eld and drove the ball down to the 30-yard line.
The Beulah defense didn’t break, though, and forced a turnover on downs. The Beulah offense also started the game slow and faced a 3rd-and-4 from the 35-yard line.
A shovel pass to Corey Alt resulted in a 47-yard gain up the middle and put the ball on the 28-yard line. The Miners connected on another 3rd down with a direct snap to Mikey Morris.
The Miners faced another 3rd down and converted with a screen pass to Josh Remmick, putting the ball on the 10-yard line. From there Morris did the rest, taking a direct snap in for six.
The extra point was good, giving Beulah a 7-0 lead. Beulah’s defense didn’t have any struggles during their second battle with St. Mary’s offense.
Beulah forced a 3-and-out, and the offense continued to roll strongly. On the first play of Beulah’s second drive Casey Walcker was almost sacked, but twisted out of the tackle and found Alt in the middle of the fi eld for a 40-yard gain, putting the ball 25 yards away from the end zone.
St. Mary’s came close to a stop, forcing a fourth-and-3, but a screen to Alt gave the Beulah offense another first down. St. Mary’s came close to getting a second stop on the drive on third down at the 18-yard line, but Walcker found Remmick streaking up the left sideline for a touchdown, giving Beulah a 13-0 lead.
St. Mary’s answered back with a 12-play drive for a score, and started to roll their starting quarterback Cole Gendreau out of the pocket. The touchdown was scored on a 3-yard Jacob Heinert run.
St. Mary’s seemed to breathe a sigh of relief with the score, but Walcker and Alt quickly made St. Mary’s fans hit the upset alert with a 75-yard touchdown connection. The only bad news for Beulah was that Morris missed the extra-point, leaving the score at 20-6 with about five minutes left in the half.
St. Mary’s showed the grit of a championship team with another 10-play drive, which resulted in a touchdown. Gendreau found Casey Uhler for a 27-yard touchdown with 1:12 left in the half, returning calmer nerves to the home team and their fans.