Miners FB fall in Semis
By Jarann Johnson
Playoff games are about momentum. Last week when the Miners faced the Fargo Shanley Deacons on the road for a spot in the Class AA state championship game, they never seemed to get any momentum and fell 36-6.
The Miners didn’t look in trouble on Shanley’s first drive of the game, forcing a punt. But right after getting a stop, things started to fall apart.
Beulah started the drive on their own 5-yard line but a false start moved them back to the 3-yard line and put them in danger of giving up a safety. Beulah didn’t give up a safety but an unfavorable punt didn’t give the Miners’ defense room for error.
St. Mary started their second possession of the game 42 yards away from the end zone and punched the ball in, using nothing but running plays – the touchdown run was a 4-yarder by all-state running back Danny Stasch.
The Miners had another unfavorable punt on their second drive of the game. Walcker’s second punt was partially blocked and gave Shanley the ball on the 40-yard line.
Shanley relied on their run game once again for a score. The touchdown run once again came from a 1-yard Stasch run, making the score 14-0 with 8-minutes left in the second quarter.
Things kept going well for Shanley and bad for the Miners. The Miners almost turned the ball over when Matt Krizan fumbled it, but recovered it. Then, on fourth-and-long, the Miners failed a conversion near midfield giving Shanley the ball on another short field.
With everything seeming to go Shanley’s way, Beulah finally got one play to go their way. Josh Remmick recorded a sack but the good momentum wouldn’t hold.