Orangemen beat Crete on Pink Out night
Beatrice notched its first win of the season Friday night against Crete on “Pink Out” night at the House of Orange.
The Orangemen, clad in pink jerseys for cancer awareness, defeated Crete 27-14.
Beatrice Coach Todd Ekart said it took them long enough, but said it felt good to finally get that first win.
“We’ll take it,” Ekart said. “We really challenged the kids this week to play four quarters and we kind of changed some stuff to better suit our personnel and it worked. The defense played well aside from a couple of busts by young guys, but I think we played our tails off in every phase.”
It was Crete that jumped out to an early lead, though. On the first drive of the game, a 73 yard touchdown pass gave the Cardinals an early 7-0 lead.
Beatrice’s offense would answer on their first drive of the game. Starting at their own 35 yard line, the Orangemen stuck to the running game and put a 10-play scoring drive together. Dakota Adams capped the drive with a seven yard touchdown run.
The Orangemen defense forced a three-and-out from Crete and they took over at their own 34 yard line. A 28 yard run by Bennett Crandall had the Orangemen in Crete territory, but two sacks ended the drive.
Crete took their next drive all the way to the Beatrice 2-yard line, but a fourth down fumble was recovered by Adams.
Beatrice would capitalize on the turnover. Starting at their own three, Beatrice managed to get out to the 29 yard line before a long touchdown pass from Crandall to Pethoud gave the Orangemen a 14-7 lead.
Beatrice got the ball right back when freshman Elliot Jurgens leaped high in the air to intercept a pass on Crete’s second play from scrimmage.
The Orangemen took over at their own 22 yard line. They put a 12 play drive together that included a run of 16 yards by Colton Kelle, 18 yards by Adams and 13 yards by Mahoney.
Beatrice suffered a big blow during the drive when Crandall was sacked and had to be carted off the field.
The drive resulted in a 40-yard field goal, though, by Diego Rodriguez, extending the Beatrice lead to 17-7.
Beatrice’s defense then forced a three-and-out and then got good field position after the punt, taking over at the Crete 30.
Freshman Austin Burroughs took over as quarterback and after three plays, Rodriguez connected again with a 45-yard field goal, giving Beatrice a 20-7 lead at the half.
Beatrice went nowhere on their first drive of the second half and Crete was able to drive it deep into Orangemen territory again, but an interception by Adams was returned all the way to the Crete 43 yard line.
Kelle then had a run of 23 yards followed by two runs of four yards to set up Mahoney’s seven yard touchdown run, making it 27-7.
After the two teams traded punts, Crete would finally get another scoring drive put together. On a fourth and long play, they converted on a 32-yard touchdown pass to make it 27-14.
Beatrice’s offense went three-and-out and Crete started at their own 49 and took it into Beatrice territory, but the Beatrice defense came up with a stop as the Cardinals turned it over on downs.
Beatrice needed first downs to run out the clock and they got them. Kelle and Adams both had crucial runs that moved the first down sticks.
Crete did force a fourth and five play, but when the Orangemen lined up for a field goal, Crete jumped offsides. That gave Beatrice a first down and allowed them to run the rest of the clock out.
“All we had to do was get some first downs on that last drive,” Ekart said. “The kids -- to their credit -- never gave up. We had that fourth down and I told the kids (Crete) was going to jump offsides, so don’t move. They did and we were able to get that first down.”
Ekart said getting three turnovers was the key of the game.
“Any time you have two teams that are that close in talent, those turnovers and penalties will be huge,” Ekart said. “We were able to win that battle tonight.”
It was a tough spot for a freshmen quarterback to come into, but Ekart said Burroughs handled it well.
“We just wanted him to not fumble and turn around and hand it to a fast kid,” Ekart said. “He did a great job and he’s one of those kids that doesn’t get phased, but I asked him if he was nervous and he said, ‘a little.’”
Ekart said along with Burroughs, they had a few other freshmen play and noted Elliot Jurgens’ interception.
“Last week we played some sophomores and this week we got some freshmen in,” Ekart said. “They did a great job stepping in.”
With the win, Beatrice improves to 1-6 on the season. They will be in action again Friday when they host Hastings.