HUMBOLDT - After battling for a 7-6 lead after the first quarter, Humboldt turned up the heat in the second period to outscore visiting Buffalo Ridge 20-0 in the second frame on the way to a 40-14 Class 2A district football win here on Sept. 19.
Donnie Gebers scored the Bison's first TD in the first quarter on a two-yard run. Buffalo Ridge tallied again in the third on a 71-yard TD pass from freshman quafterback Seth Johnson to Patrick McAreavy, and Dillon Waters carried in the two-point conversion for the Bison's final points in the game.
The host Wildcats scored on a 55-yard pass interception and converted the PAT late in the game to pad the score differential.
The Bison rushed 40 times for 267 yards, and Johnson completed 4-16 passes for 95 yards, one TD, and two interceptions. Buffalo Ridge also lost three fumbles.
Tyler Kenny led the Bison ground attack with 20 cerries for 191 yards, Daren Miller carried it 12 times for 65 yards, and Gebers three times for 11 yards. McAreavy had three catches for 94 yards to pace the BR passing effort.
Humboldt rushed 43 times for 199 yards, and was 7-10 passing for 26 yards. The Wildcats lost two fumbles.
Mark Cronin led the Bison defense with a dozen tackles, while Josh Alesch totaled eight, Gebers seven, and McAreavy, Miller, and Taylor Nees four apiece. Cronin and Gebers had fumble recoveries for the Bison.
"It was a tough loss, as we outgained our opponent in total offense by more than 131 yards," said Bison coach Butch Faulkenberry. "Turnovers plagued us with three fumbles, two interceptions, and a blocked punt.
"We really hurt ourselves, as we did not transition the field very well, allowing Humboldt to play deep in our territory for much of the game."
Buffalo Ridge hosts East Sac County in Early on Sept. 26 for Homecoming 2008, the first season the Galva-Holstein and Schaller-Crestland schools have combined for football.
"We will need to have better edge play as we will see an option attack from East Sac that could give us trouble if we do not execute the game plan," said Faulkenberry.