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Panthers drive ball length of field to win

By Staff | Sep 16, 2011

Beulah got the first touchdown in the first quarter and the competition was off and running. When the dust settled at the end of the game on Friday, Sept. 9, Rugby had beaten Beulah by just three points.

Beulah’s Karson Hintz made the first touchdown of the game on a 3-yard run, unfortunately the extra point kick attempt was no good. Still Beulah was on the scoreboard with 6 points.

Rugby did not score in the first quarter, but started the second quarter with a vengeance. Zach Leer fired a 42-yard pass to Mackenzie Koenig who made the touchdown followed by a successful kick for the extra point delivered by Kyle Volk.

Beulah answered back with a 34-yard pass from Trevor Zacher to Tanner Dolebeck who made a touchdown for the Miners. A two-point conversion by Dolebeck was successful adding a total of 8 more points to the scoreboard for the Miners.

The Panthers added to their side of the scoreboard with a 17-yard run by Kyle Lovcik for the touchdown followed by a 2-point pass from Andrew Hershey to Kyle Volk.

The Miners Cody Nelson caught a 7-yard pass from Zacher to make a touchdown but the attempted run was no good. The Panthers came back with a 23- yard pass from Leer to Kyle Lovcik for a touchdown and a 2 point run by Leer. At halftime the score was 23-20 in favor of Rugby.

The two teams held each other scoreless in the third quarter. A 4-yard run by Beulah’s Dolebeck allowed the Miners to pull ahead. A successful conversion earned them two more points on a run by Hintz. The score was now Beulah, 28 and Rugby, 23.

However, the Panthers had one more touchdown to make before the game was over. Jarett Lovcik did the honors with a 3-yard run followed by a 2 point pass from Leer to Josh Michels. The final score was Rugby, 31 and Beulah, 28.

“We took a step in the right direction after Beulah scored in the fourth quarter when we drove the ball the length of the field to retake the lead and make the 2 point conversion to give us a 3 point lead.” said Grochow.

Some of the highlights of the game were: Jarett Lovcik had 22 carries for 110 rushing yards. Kyle Lovcik made eight carries for 97 rushing yards. Zach Leer passed 9-12 with 181 passing yards, 1 Int., 2 TDs. Andrew Hershey received 4 catches for 71 yards.

Coach Scott Grochow talked about the game later in the week. He said he thought the Panthers had improved with moving the ball and having more balance in their running and passing game. However, he added, “We need to become more consistent on both offense and defense, especially our pass defense. We could do a better job of understanding the situations on the field during the game, too.”

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