Coal Bowl 2014
By Jarann Johnson
In 2012 the Beulah Miners won the Coal Bowl on their home field against Hazen. In 2013, the home field advantage went to the Hazen Bison and they won the rivarly game.
Now we are looking forward to the 2014 rendition of the game that will be hosted by Beulah. Will it be home field adavantage, experience, or talent that decides this year’s game?
The Miners believe that they can compete with Hazen and have several reasons for their thoughts. Some of the Miners top returners listed their thoughts on why this year’s Miner team is stronger; scoring ability, home field advantage, confidence and smoother practices were their top reasons for success this year.
Returning running back, Matt Krizan, feels like the biggest difference is that this year’s team has experienced players compared to last year’s team with a lot of first-year starting seniors.
“We actually have people who have played before – like with the seniors last year, hardly any of them had played before. Because we had Trevor (Zacher), Karson (Hintz) and all of those guys that had been playing since they were sophomores.” Krizan said.
Casey Walcker, starting Miner quarterback, and standout lineman Isaac Ripplinger agreed that this year’s team is more experienced and won’t have to spend as much time adopting to varsity level play and gaining confidence in their abilities as they did last year.
Even though they have more confidence and experience the Miners know that being successful in the game will mean containing Hazen’s option attack. All three players agreed that a key to topping Hazen will be making sure they contain Connor Doll and the Bison’s option attack.