The 2014 season in review
By Jarann Johnson
The Beulah Miners had a good football season. The goal in sports, and most things in life, is to take a step further and the Miners accomplished that this season.
During the 2013 season the Miners didn’t know what to expect with a cast of new players coming through the varsity level that were mostly sophomores and first-year starters, but they made it to the first round of the playoffs.
During 2014 season the Miners knew what to expect, most of their team was full-on juniors and there weren’t as many first-year starters on the team. The Miners used that to their advantage, making it to the second round of the state playoffs.
Football fans always say the game is won and lost with linemen and stress the importance of good line play. Head Coach Jim Dooley felt like his line did a good job but struggled with big athletic linemen.
“Our lines did a really nice job for being as undersized as we are and they are good athletes, they get off the ball quick. We struggled with big guys who were good athletes,” Dooley said.
“Big guys wasn’t going to be a problem for us, good athletes wasn’t going to be. But if you were big and outweighed us by 60 pounds we’re going to have a problem -- that’s physics more than anything else.”
If a team has solid line play, then football fans move on to the skill positions and the most important skill positions in the Miners’ offensive scheme are the running back spots. The Miners had three explosive runners back there this season that allowed his team to rush for 300-plus yards per game.