Beulah FB wins No. 3 seed
The Miners got things going early in their win against Watford City, scoring two first quarter touchdowns. But then it seemed like the running lanes dried up and that they were on the brink of losing their first home game of the year. In stepped the defense and a fourth quarter run, securing the win and No. 3 seed from the West.
Early on in the game it looked as though Kamron Unruh, a senior running back, was going to turn around and quote Jim Carrey’s famous line from “The Mask,” because nobody seemed to stop him.
On the Miners’ first drive of the game Unruh had two big runs. The first run was one play after the kickoff – a 33-yard gain – putting the ball on the Watford City 47-yard line. A few plays later he gutted out a 20-yard gain, putting the ball on the 21-yard line. Lastly, he finalized the 11-play drive with a 1-yard goal line run, making the score 6-0.
The Miners went for two after the score but failed to convert it. After the Miner defense forced a quick three and out punt Unruh and the Miner offense went back to work. Unruh started the drive with a 20-yard gain, putting the ball on the Miners’ 47-yard line. Then the Miners ran it down to the Watford City 44-yard line and Unruh struck again with a “somebody stop me run.” Unruh broke three tackles on the run and weaved in and out of the far hash mark on his way to the end zone and 12-0 Beulah lead with 4:57 left in the first quarter. Landon Battest made it a 14-0 on the two-point conversion by catching a Casey Walcker pass near the away team sideline.
The Miners continued to roll, the defense forced a fumble and Derek Morris recovered it. It looked like an easy win was coming for the Miners. But that’s when things started to stall. The Miners’ offense and running lanes went dry. The Miners didn’t score again until the fourth quarter. But during the drought the Miners’ defense kept Watford City out of the end zone.
The Miners’ offense did get inside the 10-yard line once but a fumble negated that scoring chance, but it didn’t hurt the team. After almost blocking a punt and being drawn off sides the Miners ended Watford’s drive with an interception – it was the first of two interceptions for Landon Battest.