Tom Mix, Published August 31 2012
Kindred knocks off Minot Ryan in high school footballKINDRED, N.D. – Passing the football was not working for Kindred quarterback Eric Bachmeier on Friday night.
Instead, the junior Vikings standout took to the ground to give Kindred’s offense the kick start it needed to post a 28-22 win over North Dakota Class 2A, No. 5-ranked Minot Ryan in high school football at Jerlow Field.
Bachmeier carried the ball 27 times and totaled 210 yards. He rushed for touchdowns of 16, 31 and 49 yards and also scored on a 70-yard kickoff return for the Vikings (2-0).
“It was really good,” Bachmeier said. “I give a lot of credit to my offensive line. They were explosive off the ball. I couldn’t do anything without them, I just happened to make the plays.”
The big plays made up for a slow start for Bachmeier, who had two passes intercepted on the Vikings’ first two possessions of the game. Minot Ryan’s Broderick Bosch and Nick Berentson made the picks.
“The first possessions did not start off well,” Bachmeier said. “I was not very good throwing the ball and I let my team down. I had to prove to them that I was a leader and had to step up somehow in the second half. Luckily, we got the win.”
The game was scoreless at halftime.
Bachmeier finished 4 of 14 passing for 1 yard, but it was his feet that did all the damage. His first 16-yard touchdown run was one in which he scrambled all around the red zone, finally finding a seam to slip into.
“He is a good athlete,” Kindred head coach Cody Kittelson said. “Of course you call on him in certain situations like any athlete on the team. … We got a great team. We got a great aspect of what we are trying to accomplish, and we know that putting the ball in the hands of (Eric) definitely gives us a chance to be successful.”
Bachmeier was elusive the entire second half, breaking four tackles on his second rushing TD.
“We knew he was a good athlete coming in,” Minot Ryan head coach Brad Borkhuis said. “We took care of him fairly well for 90 percent of the game, but a player like that is there 100 percent of the game, and that is why he is such a threat. We had a few lapses in discipline and he took advantage of them.”
The Lions offense also got a spark in the second half with sophomore Austin Eggl leading the way.
Eggl finished 18 of 26 for 166 yards passing, all of which came in the second half. Tanner Sanders was under center for the Lions in the first half. Eggl threw for two touchdowns and rushed for another.
Three big plays were the difference for the Vikings.
Kindred’s first score was set up by a blocked punt, which gave it the ball in their red zone and three plays later an 8-0 lead. Add Bachmeier’s kickoff return and long scoring rushes, and it was just too much for the Lions to overcome.
“The kickoff return kind of turned the tide,” Kittelson said. “It helped us build some momentum.”
“When we look at the game, there were three big plays,” Borkhuis said. “There was the blocked kick, the kickoff return for a touchdown and the long run for a touchdown. Outside of that who knows what happens.”
MR 0 0 8 14–22
K 0 0 22 6–28
K– Bachmeier 16 run (Ness pass from Huffman)
MR– Eggl 8 run (Bosch pass from Eggl)
K– Bachmeier 70 kickoff return (pass failed)
K – Bachmeier 31 run (Moffett pass from Bachmeier)
MR– Berentson 11 pass from Eggl (run failed)
K– Bachmeier 49 run (Kick failed)
MR – Bosch 10 pass from Eggl (Bosch pass from Eggl)
RUSHING: MR, Fugere 24-83, Eggl 8-16, Sanders 4-18, Bosch 2-5, Berentson 1-2. K, Bachmeier 27-210, I. Anderson 14-27.
PASSING: MR, Eggl 18-26-0–166, Sanders 3-11-0–25. K, Bachmeier 4-14-1–2, Huffman 1-1-0–2
RECEIVING: MR, Berentson 3-22, Nasers 5-56, Magnuson 5-52, Bisch 5-65, Fugere 1-6. K, Stanton 1-(-1), Ness 1-2, Moffett 1-2
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