The Beach Buccaneers were without their star quarterback, Gage Swanson, against the Hettinger-Scranton Nighthawks on Friday, August 23 in Scranton, but his absence didn’t stop the Bucs ground game from putting on a show and winning by a score of 28-6.
On the first drive of the game, the Nighthawks showed promise. Hettinger-Scranton recorded multiple first downs to reach Buc territory.
However, their drive was cut short on fourth down in the red-zone. The Beach defense stood tall, and kept Hettinger-Scranton just a few yards short of reaching the marker.
The ground and pound attack started as soon as Beach took over on downs. The Bucs didn’t have to throw a pass during the entire drive. To score the first points of the game, junior running back Tyson Mattern eluded several Nighthawk defenders on his way into the end-zone. The two-point conversion was good, and Beach was up by a score of 8-0.
On the next series, the Bucs momentum continued when Hettinger-Scranton quarterback Jeran Anderson threw an interception near midfield.
To stick with the trend, the Bucs capitalized and went up by two scores. First, sophomore quarterback Tevin Dietz connected with Chance Manhart on the only Beach pass of the first half. It was an electric play down the sideline for a 35-yard gain.
Mattern finished off the drive with a seven yard touchdown run which gave Beach a 16-0 lead after the two-point conversion.
The Buccaneers stormed out of the gate in the second half giving the Nighthawks no chance to get themselves back into the game. Dietz tossed a seven yard touchdown pass to sophomore Trin Schumacher to extend Beach’s lead and put them up by three scores.
Hettinger-Scranton avoided a shutout with time dwindling on the clock. A kickoff returned for a touchdown put six points on the board for the Nighthawks in the final quarter, but the two-point conversion attempt failed.
To end the night, Beach sophomore Kaden Volk put the finishing touches on the victory with a five yard touchdown run.