Bethlehem Academy wins reunion football match
The Faribault Bethlehem Academy Cardinals closed their week of reunion with a relentless 18-6 victory over the Kenyon-Wanamingo Knights on Friday night.
Both teams totaled 631 offensive yards at Bruce Smith Field.
The Cardinals had 387 in total, the Knights 244. Kenyon-Wanamingo played 67 games against 51 for BA.
Bethlehem Academy ran for 262 yards, passed for 125 while KW had 177 rushing yards, 67 assists.
Knights head coach Jake Wieme told us during the Kenyon-Wanamingo Coaches Show on KDHL on Saturday: “Give BA all the credit. We forced 3 turnovers, got only one, but they were able to score more points. “
The Cardinals took a 6-0 lead with 3:52 left in the first quarter when first-year quarterback Elliott Viland hooked up with junior wide receiver Charlie King for 28 yards. Homecoming King Aiden Tobin’s two-point conversion attempt was not good.
The Homecoming King hit a 6-yard touchdown with 9:03 left in the first half. His two-point run attempt was again stopped by the Knights.
With 29 seconds left in the first half, Kenyon-Wanamingo scored on a 23-yard pass from quarterback Will Van Epps to main receiver Laden Nerison. The Knights’ kick attempt for an extra point was not good.
The lone second-half score came with 5:58 left in the game when BA Sophmore backer Derrick Sando rushed for a 20-yard touchdown run. He also tried to show up for a two point conversion but was stopped by KW.
Viland was 5 of 14 for 125 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception. Van Epps was 8 of 27 for 67 yards, 1 score, 1 pick.
Senior Evan Brossard ran 14 times for 112 yards for Kenyon-Wanamingo.
Reunion Tribunal member Brady Strodtman had 112 yards on 12 carries. Derrick Sando added 81 yards on 12 carries. Oliver Linnemann had 52 yards on 4 carries and Tobin finished with 14 yards carrying the ball 6 times.
BA head coach Jim Beckmann told KDHL during the Faribault Coaches Show at the Bashers FariBowl Center on Saturday that he was particularly pleased with his side’s confinement of running back KW Joshua Schmidt. The Knights point guard was limited to 19 yards on 13 carries.
Cardinals defensive coordinator Jamie Kotek was also on the schedule and said King, Strodtman and Sando combined for 26 total tackles, 23 of which were solo in the contest.
Andrew Donahue, senior member and member of the reunion tribunal, collected the interception from the Bethlehem Academy. Kenyon-Wanamingo senior Trevor Steberg caught a pass from the Cardinals.
The Knights travel to Harmony to play at Fillmore Central on Friday, October 8, 2021 while Bethlehem Academy makes the long trip to Wabasha-Kellogg.
The Faribault Coaching Show on Saturday October 2, 2021 at Bashers is available below. In addition to the Cardinals’ football coaches, volleyball head coach Chris Bothun and junior passer Reagan Kangas were also in attendance.
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