Miners stay unbeaten
By Jarann Johnson
The Beulah Miners traveled for their longest road trip of the season last week against Central Dakota, and it didn’t start well. Beulah trailed for the first time since the opening week, but proved teams would have to be more than scrappy and lucky to overthrow them.
Beulah won 33-8 after trailing 8-6 early in the second quarter. The game started with the Central Dakota offense clicking.
Central Dakota came out and gained two first downs. Both first downs were recorded on runs by senior quarterback Jayden Grover.
Grover and the Central Dakota offense couldn’t sustain their team’s strong start and were forced to punt after a costly 10-yard penalty. Before the penalty, Central Dakota was on the 35-yard line, 15 yards away from the red zone but, after the penalty, the ball was on the 45-yard line.
Beulah’s first drive of the game didn’t start strongly, and the team faced a fourth-and-nine from their own 20-yard line. Beulah Head Coach Jim Dooley felt like gambling and elected to go for it.
Dooley’s gambling ways paid off with a 59-yard pass from Casey Walcker to Cory Alt, moving the ball to the 20-yard line.
The offense yet again seemed to stall, and faced a crucial third-and-eight. Dooley went with a run, and Matt Krizan delivered a gain of 12 yards for new set of downs at the 6-yard line.
Walcker finished off the 80-yard drive with a 5-yard run, giving his team a 6-0 lead. Dooley stayed in a gambling mood and went for two, but the Walcker-Alt connection was stopped for a limited gain, leaving the score at 6-0 in the first quarter.
The Central Dakota offense kept on challenging the defense and converted a fourth down for a first down, then rolled to the 24-yard line where they faced a 4th-and-4 to start the second quarter.
Beulah failed to get a stop again but, even worse, the defense gave up a passing touchdown. Grover hit Rylan Briss for the score, tying the game at 6-6.
Being tied 6-6 against the No.1 team in the state was a good spot, but Central Dakota made it better by converting a two-point conversion on a Sean Perry run. Central Dakota was up 8-6 with 11 minutes and 53 seconds left in the quarter.
Beulah didn’t waste long re-taking the lead and showing everyone why they are ranked so high. Walcker delivered a shovel pass to Alt for a 61-yard touchdown.
Beulah didn’t miss on their second two-point attempt of the game. Mikey Morris ran in the conversion, giving his team a 14-8 second quarter lead.
Central Dakota’s offense looked unfazed and crossed mid-field on their third consecutive drive. But the Beulah defense forced a punt after three incomplete passes.
Beulah’s offense took over at the 20-yard line but started their drive unpleasantly, receiving a 5-yard penalty. After the penalty, Beulah’s offense went to their strong rushing game and finished the drive off with a 5-yard Morris run.
Beulah went for two but failed to score on a Walcker run, making the score 20-8 with about 5:30 left in the first half. Beulah’s offensive start to the game was impressive, they scored on every single possession of the first half.
The defense wasn’t having the same kind of night and struggled. Central Dakota pushed the ball across the 50-yard line for the fourth consecutive possession but, once again, couldn’t come away with points.