'It's not all sunshine and rainbows': Penalties, injuries and missed cues dampen senior night in Beach
Buccaneers lose to Hettinger-Scranton in lopsided final region game at home.
BEACH, N.D. — “We’re dropping like flies,” an assistant coach cried out from the Beach Buccaneers sideline on Friday night as the Hettinger-Scranton Nighthawks continued their trampling. One-by-one, injuries claimed Buccaneer athletes as their defense were left defenseless against the Nighthawks potent offense.
Beach would not find their first touchdown until the fourth quarter, resulting in a 32-16 loss to go 2-4 on the season.
The night started with much fanfare for the Buccanneers as the Beach American Legion Club covered the cost of admission for everyone in attendance for senior night. The celebratory outing would be quickly stunted as the Nighthawks took possession of the ball first and scored within the first two minutes of the game.
From the frying pan and into the fire, the Buccs would give up each of five attempts by their opponents for 2-point conversions.
In the opening of the second, the Buccaneers struggled to capitalize on crucial opportunities and would find themselves going three-and-out with punts frequently.
Hawks receivers showed their renowned route-running and separation abilities, seemingly finding every open lane for perfect passes. Yards after catch totals told the story as Hettinger-Scranton made second opportunity yardage in ripping through the Beach defensive side.
Alex Martinez and Riley Hasbrouck would do their part in shutting down the Buccs' offensive attempts, teaming up to bring quarterback Dane Farstveet down. Despite the line collapse and limited time Farstveet responded well under pressure, using his feet to gain separation. But it would be an all Nighthawks first half as the teams went to the sidelines with Hettinger-Scranton holding a dominating 24-0 lead.
“The retaliation is this, when it’s your last region game and you need it for a shot to get in the play offs, you open up the play book and try whatever you can - all the razzle-dazzle reverses and half back passes,” Mike Zier, Buccaneers head coach, explaining his second half gameplan.
Beach charged into the third with renewed energy and a few tricks up their sleeves, whipping out every jaw-dropping trick in their playbook. Unfortunately, penalties for unsportsmanlike conduct, injuries and missed cues would stymie any hopes of a miracle in Beach. Running back Sawyer Noll would pick up a huge run on a punt return, but a turnover soon thereafter would bring their drive to a screeching halt.
“We had a tough time stopping their run and in particular their counter run,” Zier said. “This isn’t like the pros or college. When you get down two scores in high school football, it’s tough to come back. Football is like life…you’re never going to have all sunshine and rainbows.”
Wide receiver Emery Nole brought in the Buccaneers first touchdown in the first minute of the fourth and Beach would find pay dirt with their 2-point conversion. A series of Nighthawk fumbles opened the door for the Buccs to reverse the scoring crisis, as Beach tailback Elijah Holkup's lateral to Shem Baker in the end zone with six minutes remaining on the clock elevated the score to 32-16. It would be for naught however as time ran out on any hopes of a Cinderella comeback.
In a post-game group huddle, the Buccs hung their heads until Zier approached.
“Rise above this and shake some ones hand,” Zier, said to the team. “We are going to act responsible and be like men.”
Hettinger-Scranton def Beach 32-16
HS 8-16-8-0, BHS 0-0-0-16
Beach: Dane Farstveet, QB, 10-18-88; Elijah Holkup, QB, 4-6-38; Holkup, LB, 9-61; Farstveet, LB, 10-31; Shem Baker, OFF, 1-23, 1 TD; Emery Noll, OFF, 1-8, 1 TD; Baker, WR, 3-54; Trey Swanson, TE, 3-45
Hettinger-Scranton: Devin Greff, QB, 2-7-46; Maddox Pierce, RB, 12-176, 2 TD; Alex Martinez, LB, 4-47, 1 TD; Jaron Frank, RB, 5-40; Martinez, OL, 1-25; Sam Wieland, OL, 1-21