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Buffalo Ridge falls to Okoboji

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Bison Coach Faulkenberry. Photo by Reta Todd.
HOLSTEIN - Okoboji stayed in the Class 2A District title hunt with a 34-14 victory over Buffalo Ridge here on Oct. 3.

The Pioneers rushed 26 times for 156 yards and three touchdowns, and completed eight of 17 passes for 131 yards and two touchdowns.

Tyler Kenny carried it 14 times for 25 yards, Patrick McAreavy four for 30 yards, and Daren Miller four for 11 yards against the pesky Pioneer defense.

Buffalo Ridge freshman quarterback Seth Johnson readies to fire a pass while teammate Taylor Nees (65) stays in to block defenders during the Bison's District loss to Okoboji on Oct. 3. Photo by Reta Todd
The host Bison scored lone TDs in the third and fourth quarters after Okoboji had staked out a 14-0 lead at halftime with two second-period scores.

Kellen Jacobson scored the Bison's first TD on a one-yard run, with Seth Johnson kicking the PAT. Jacobson also figured in on the second TD on a 10-yard pass to Ray Wedeking in the fourth quarter, Johnson again kicking a successful PAT.

Both teams lost two fumbles each in the hard-hitting contest that saw Buffalo Ridge claw back from that 14-0 halftime deficit to pull to within 21-14 in the third frame. However, the Pioneers scored two fourth-quarter TDs to ice it away.

Buffalo Ridge defender Patrick McAreavy (5) is in good defensive position on this pass play against Okoboji in Holstein Friday night, but the Pioneer receiver managed to wrestle the ball away and score a touchdown, while two McAreavy teammates pursue the play. Photo by Reta Todd
Taylor Nees and Dillon Waters led the Bison defense with five tackles each, while Mark Cronin totaled four.

"Okoboji came with one of the better offenses we have seen this season and we felt that our kids responded well. Even with the loss, we were pleased by the effort of our team," said Bison coach Butch Faulkenberry.

"A contributor to the 34 points Okoboji scored was our five turnovers, putting the defense in tough spots several times during the game. We must somehow solve the turnover bug that has hit us all year. It was the one factor we can control which altered the outcome of this game.

"Cherokee (next opponent) will air it out and they have a lot of weapons. If we can build off last week's efforts, we hope to give them a run."

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