BEULAH – Entering the quarterfinal round of the NDHSAA Football playoffs, the Beulah Miners and the Hazen Bison were labeled favorites. Road teams Kindred and Minot Ryan had other plans on Saturday. Minot Ryan defeated Hazen 31 to 14, while Kindred downed Beulah 34-21.
Minot Ryan came off of a huge comeback win over Heart River last weekend, 62 to 33. They kept their roll going right away, returning the opening kickoff for a touchdown. On Hazen’s first possession, they went three and out. The Lions roared to a quick touchdown and made it 14 to 0 before most Bison fans had a warm seat. Two more first half touchdowns made the score 28 to 0.
Meanwhile, at Riverside Park in Beulah…..
The Kindred Vikings took the opening kickoff, and marched on an impressive opening drive, covering 70 yards, and making it 7-0. At the end of the first quarter, it was the Vikings leading Beulah 21-0. Kindred added another touchdown to make it 28-0, while Beulah struck with a late first half score to make it 28 to 6.
Back in Hazen, the Bison made the game interesting, scoring two third quarter touchdowns to make it 28-14. But, they couldn’t get any closer despite a few chances. Ryan added a field goal to make it a 31 to 14 final.
The Beulah Miners also made the game more interesting, getting a 30 yard touchdown from Matt Schnabel to make the score 28 to 14. Then came the backbreaker, as Kindred scored on a 57 yard connection from quarterback Ethan Lingen to Brock Benson. Beulah had some late chances to get within a score, but couldn’t get in the endzone.
[Filed by Derek Stacklie and Donavon Schnabel]