Miners come close to Coal Bowl win
By Jarann Johnson
The Beulah Miners had a chance to start off the year right with a home win over nearby rival Hazen. But that chance went over their heads in the final few seconds, leading to a 14-6 loss that was aided by several turnovers near the end zone.
Early on the Miners appeared to have more momentum than Hazen. Josh Remmick, junior, recovered a fumble at the 47-yard line. But that great field position wouldn’t turn into any points for the Miners, just a turnover on downs.
That’s when Hazen’s offense found a play-maker that they liked. Senior quarterback Connor Doll passed to sophomore Wyatt Carr for a 25-five yard gain, then Hunter Steffen followed with a strong run moving the ball down to the 5-yard line.
Once the Bison were at the 5-yard line they went back to Carr, but this time on the ground. Carr ran the ball in with 1 minute and 34 seconds left in the first quarter.
The Bison weren’t done and went for the 2-point conversion to increase their lead. Doll passed to Chase Bruner for the 2-point conversion and 8-0 lead.
Beulah didn’t sit back or give in. On third-and-7 Tanner Erickson broke through Hazen’s defense by breaking tackles and spinning for a big gain.