Beulah keeps their coal
By Jarann Johnson
The Beulah Miners kept their coal from 2015. The Miners topped Hazen 33-6 for their second straight Coal Bowl win last Friday in Beulah.
The first drive started with Beulah getting a short gain at the 29-yard line. Hazen was called for an encroachment penalty on second down, which put Beulah in a second-and-3.
From there Beulah never looked back, converting a third-and-1 for a first down. Beulah drove the ball 69 yards in 3 minutes and 45 seconds for their first score of the game.
The scoring punch came on a 14-yard pass from Reece Hoherz to Mikey Morris. Hoherz, senior QB, was 2-of-2 for 28 yards during Beulah’s first drive. Morris made the point after attempt (PAT) making the score 7-0.
Hazen’s offense seemed poised to answer. Starting quarterback Wyatt Carr converted a third-and-4 with his legs. But the next series went terrible wrong. Carr was almost picked off on second down and forced a throw on fourth down.
Carr’s forced throw was picked off by freshman defensive lineman Korey Rueb. Rueb raced 64 yards in the other direction for the score, putting Beulah up 13-0. Morris made his second PAT of the game, making it 14-0.
Hazen’s next possession started at the 25-yard line and was aided by an accidental late hate by Morris out of bounds. Hazen offensive coordinator Justin Ingold elected to use a hurry-up variation and had his team moving.
Hazen quickly decided to go for it on fourth-and-short, but Beulah defensive coordinator Jason Simpfenderfer sensed disaster and called timeout. After the timeout, Beulah earned the stop without getting baited into an off-side penalty.
All the momentum was in Beulah’s favor. They were stopping the Hazen offense and had a chance to go up by three scores.