Miners closer to mission
By Jarann Johnson
The Beulah Miners have been on a mission to host a first round state playoff game this season. The Miners made sure that their mission stayed on target last week with a key 27-6 home win over No. 3-ranked Bishop Ryan last week.
The objective for the Miners’ mission last week was defeating Bishop Ryan. The Miners needed a West Region AA win to guarantee that their final showdown of the regular season against Watford City would determine which West Region AA team would host a first round playoff game alongside league-leading Bismarck St. Mary’s.
The Miners didn’t need any other motivation to play one of their best football games of the year. From the opening kickoff, it was clear that the Miners were ready to get the job done.
Mikey Morris, freshman, returned the opening kickoff of the game to the 50-yard line, setting up the Miners’ offense with a short field. The Miner’s offense did the rest converting two third-down conversions on their first drive of the game.
The first third-down conversion came on a third-and-1, and was a conventional run play. The second third-down conversion was less conventional.
On third-and-8 the Miners’ head coach, Jim Dooley, elected to run the ball and sent in a call for Matt Krizan, a junior running back. Krizan didn’t disappoint, running for a 38-yard touchdown, putting his team up 6-0.
The Miners stayed in the aggressive mindset and went for two points. Casey Walcker, junior quarterback, ran the ball in, making the score 8-0. The Miners’ defense didn’t let Bishop Ryan gain any confidence on offense and forced a punt.
The offense kept playing well and executing on third down on their second drive of the game. On third-and-7 the Miners went back to Krizan on the ground and the junior running back picked up 25 yards, moving the ball to the 37-yard line.