Buffalo Lake-Hector 42
Sleepy Eye Public 12
The Sleepy Eye Indians were on the road on Oct. 11 where the Mustangs handed them their seventh loss of the season.
Buffalo Lake-Hector set the tone of the game on its very first drive. After nine straight rushing plays, the Mustangs were up 7-0. With just over three minutes left in the first, they doubled their score with another rushing touchdown.
The second quarter was similar to the first, as Buffalo Lake-Hector kept scoring while the Indians could not get anything going. Things were looking somewhat good for Sleepy Eye’s defense, as it stopped the Mustang’s offense almost all the way through the second. But with two minutes left, a 47 yard touchdown run was made which put them up 21-0. The Indians then went three-and-out, which led to another big play for Buffalo Lake-Hector. As time expired, the Mustangs scored off a 35 yard touchdown pass. The two-point conversion was made and Sleepy Eye found itself in a 0-29 deficit at the half.
The Indians scored their first points of the game toward the end of the third quarter. It was junior Matt Berkner who ran in two yards for the touchdown, but credit goes to sophomore Dylan Klein, as Klein ran 66 yards on the previous play. Berkner attempted to run in the two-point conversion but was stopped short. Although Sleepy Eye was on the board, Buffalo Lake-Hector responded a few seconds later with their own big running play, a 79 yard touchdown run which put the Mustangs up 42-6.
Fortunately for the Indians, the only score made in the fourth quarter was from Sleepy Eye. The Indians had their longest drive of the game with eight plays, two of those plays being successful passes from Austin Fischer to Berkner for a total of 32 yards. Fischer struck again in the passing game with a huge throw to freshman Lane Trebesch for a 31 yard touchdown play. Another pass was attempted by Fischer for the conversion but it was no good.
Sleepy Eye Coach Cory Haala said the first half deficit was what broke the camel’s back.
“We dug ourselves a hole too quickly,” Haala said. “We did some things positively in the second half and also had some success throwing the ball, but not consistent enough for four quarters.”
Fischer went 5-for-9 for 94 yards passing, while Klein led in the running game with eight carries for 82 yards. Trebesch had three catches for 62 yards and a touchdown to lead in receiving. On defense, Berkner and Ken Capacia combined for 28 tackles. Sam Hirchboeck had nine tackles of his own, while Daniel Fischer and Ben Bleick recorded sacks.