Miners FB win homecoming game
By Jarann Johnson
Sometimes homecoming distracts teams from executing near a perfect level. Last Friday that wasn’t the case for the Beulah Miners against the top passing team in West Region AA play.
The Miners played extremely well in a 61-19 win over Dickinson Trinity to remain atop the region standings. Early on in the game there was a question if Beulah would be ready to play at kickoff.
It didn’t take Beulah long to answer the question. On Trinity’s first possession of the game, Matt Schnabel picked off a pass and returned it to the 30-yard line, setting the offense up with great field position.
Beulah starting quarterback Casey Walcker ran for a huge 23-yard gain, putting Beulah just outside of the 5-yard line. Scoring from five yards out proved to be tough for Beulah, and they faced a fourth-and-2 conversion.
Walcker ran the ball in for the conversion, giving Beulah a 6-0 lead. Beulah went for two after the touchdown, but failed to score.
Dickinson Trinity didn’t falter after the turnover and responded strongly with a 70-yard drive, which was topped by a 30-yard pass from Willy Jahner to Jarett Lee. Trinity completed the Point After Attempt (PAT), giving themselves a 7-6 first quarter lead.
After the touchdown it seemed like things were starting to favor Dickinson Trinity. Trinity stopped Beulah on a fourth-and-2 near midfield and had a chance to increase their lead with a short field goal.
Trinity’s chance wouldn’t turn into any points; instead their chance to go up by two scores on the road turned into another turnover. Brandon Elton picked off Jahner, giving Beulah the ball back.
Elton wasn’t done making big plays, though, and connected with Walcker for a 75-yard touchdown pass. Elton’s touchdown catch gave Beulah a 12-7 lead but the PAT failed again, putting Beulah at 0-for-2 on PATs.
Dickinson Trinity kept struggling to find a rhythm on their third drive of the game and ended up punting. After the punt Beulah went to their known and confirmed strong running game.
Beulah ran the ball six straight times on an 80-yard touchdown drive. The drive started and ended with a big bang.