Corey's Corner 8/31

Posted 8/31/16 (Wed)

                The leaves are falling, and the seasons are changing. The sports season that is. We opened up our Fall schedule here on BEK this past week, and we couldn’t be more excited to hit the gridiron and get back into the gym. Football and volleyball are back on BEK.

                So we’ll start it out with a trip to Wishek, ND for some football between the Mustangs of South Border and the Strasburg-Zeeland Clippers. Both teams look very different than last year. SZ lost Brody Nieuwsma, an all-region QB. He now plays basketball at Bismarck State. SB lost Hunter Pinke, an all-region TE now playing at the University of North Dakota. And both squads changed their offensive mentality. South Border went from a balanced attack leaning on the passing game to a run heavy, option-based approach. And the Clippers went from a run based game that was QB heavy to an aerial attack. Except not in this game.

                First year head man Bryan Schumacher decided to focus more on the ground-n-pound in this one, featuring the talents of RB Alex Vander Vorste and QB Hunter Huizenga. But the Mustangs have one of their largest squads in a long time, and were not susceptible to the ground game in this one. Vander Vorste did manage to get loose for a couple big ones, but overall he was corralled by the big guys for SB.

                On the Mustangs side, their new offense paid big time dividends. Cole Ketterling and David Jochim were masterful in running the option offense, and the hogmollies up front opened the way for the QB/RBs to run buck wild. Payton Hulm got in the running as well, but this one started slow. Then the Mustangs really started to gallop. A 16 yard touchdown run by David Jochim opened up the scoring, and it wasn’t stopping. Cole Ketterling would get the ball right back for his guys on the ensuing possession, and that would start a string of turnovers by both teams. That run would come to an end with a run by Payton Hulm. David Jochim would cap off the half, and the Mustangs never looked back. They controlled the second half as well. And even though Strasburg-Zeeland found a bit of a rhythm late, South Border got the big win 32-8.

                Then we’ll keep the South Border thee going with some volleyball as the Mustangs moved their show over to Ashley, this time taking on Eureka-Bowdle. South Border returned all of their offensive weapons from last year, and it showed. Morgan Schnabel and Amy Jacobson could do no wrong in this one, each racking up the kills. Morgan finished with right around 15, to go along with nearly 10 aces. Eureka-Bowdle simply couldn’t stop her, and that makes it tough to win. The Patriots had some back line turnover, and the Mustangs took advantage of that opportunity. The back line also had some movement for the Mustangs losing a pair of seniors, but they managed to erase that deficit in this one. A 3-0 win for the Mustangs, as they took their first regular season non-tournament matchup.