The Becker Bulldogs sacked Princeton ten times on way to a 37-0 victory in Section 6AAAA semifinals on Oct. 26. The loss brought an end to the Tigers’ season.
“Becker has a deep program that they have been developing for years,” said head coach Ryan Fay. “We just kind of wore down at the end there.”
Princeton and Beckers’ defense held strong throughout the first quarter as the two teams battled for field position with the score at the end of the frame tied at 0-0.
The Bulldogs would strike early in the second quarter as a 2-yard touchdown run would put up the favored home team, 7-0.
While holding Becker to the one score for a majority of the early portion of the game, the Bulldogs were able to march down the field and take a 14-0 lead into the half after a 12-yard pass from Josh Fobbe to Caden DeWall.
Receiving the kick after the break, Princeton once again could not get anything going against the physical Becker defense.
The Bulldogs were able to make enough plays to take a 21-0 lead going into the fourth and would tack on a couple more scores to coast to the 37-0 win.
The win moved Becker to 8-1 as they advanced in playoffs, while Princeton ends its season at 5-5.
The Tigers were without senior running back Cole Carlson (concussion) who was injured in the team’s game on Oct. 23.
The loss of Carlson played a big factor as he had been a catalyst on Princeton’s offense all season rushing for an average of 123 yards per game.
The team faced Big Lake in its opening round section game and were able to jump out to a 21-0 lead and held on to win 21-6.
Carlson was able to reach the 1,000-yard threshold in the team’s victory, and led the way with two rushing touchdowns in the game. “He (Carlson) did a good job, and he was able to play better as the year went on, along with our offensive line playing better. Him having the 1000-yards next to his name can be contributed to our offensive line as well,” stated Fay.
Princeton’s season was one of improvement as the win total jumped from one to five victories, with many more games being competitive to the years prior.
Moving forward, Princeton will be losing 18 seniors to graduation, but will return a strong core of playmakers on both offense and defense, including Ben Arseneau who led the team to a 3-1 record.
Fay will look to build off of this season with that core group returning. “I like where we are at, it will be nice to have that group of guys coming in to help us pick up where we left off this year.”
Look for the Tigers to continue the upward trend.
Becker 37, Princeton 0
Becker 0 14 7 16 - 37
Princeton 0 0 0 0 - 0
B - Koop 1 yard run (Domka kick)
B - Fobbe 12 pass to Dewall (Domka kick)
B - Fobbe 12 yard pass to Koop (Domka kick)
B - Koop 3 yard run (Domka kick)
B - Berning 7 yard run (Domka kick)
B - Safety
B - Wilson 8-65; P - Tarvestad 16-42.
B - 15-24;-2 P - Arseneau 4-14-0 104.
B - Hietala 7-79 P - Stay 2-68