Ralston comes from behind to beat Beatrice
It was a tale of two halves Friday night between Beatrice and Ralston.
After not picking up a single first down in the first half, the Rams were able to come from behind to beat the Orangemen 20-9 at the House of Orange.
The Orangemen led 9-0 at half time, but it was a story of missed opportunities for the Orangemen offense. On their first drive, they started at their own 35 yard line and put a lengthy drive together into Ralston territory, but a 36-yard field goal attempt came up short.
Ralston took over at its own 20 and on their second play from scrimmage, they fumbled and Boden Ruskamp recovered at the Ralston 12 yard line.
The Orangemen offense would be unable to capitalize on the good field position, though, and turned the ball over on downs.
Ralston went three and out and were forced to punt and Beatrice took over at their own 38 yard line.
Beatrice put a seven play scoring driver together which was highlighted by a 34 yard run by Andrew Mahoney and two passes from Bennett Crandall to Mahoney, one for eight yards and one for 23 yards.
The Orangemen also benefited from an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty against the Rams. Adam Riekenberg capped the drive with a one yard touchdown plunge, but the extra point missed, keeping the score at 6-0.
Ralston’s offense went nowhere again and after a punt, Beatrice took over at their own 46 yard line. Brody Nelson had carries of 11 yards and 16 yards and a roughing the passer penalty on Ralston set Beatrice up deep in Ram territory. The Orangemen would have to settle for a 25 yard field goal off the foot of Adam Riekenberg, making it 9-0.
After Beatrice’s defense forced another three and out, the Orangemen took over at the Ralston 48 yard line, but that drive would end with an interception.
Ralston went nowhere on their next drive and Beatrice put together one last drive before the half. Highlighted by a 29 yard pass from Crandall to Mahoney, Beatrice drove it all the way to the Ralston one yard line where they had it first and goal.
The Ram’s goal line defense turned away the Orangemen on four straight plays, forcing a turnover on downs and keeping the score at 9-0. That’s what the score would remain at half time.
Ralston finally managed a first down on their first drive of the second half, but they went no further and were forced to punt again.
The Orangemen took over at their own 26 but were forced to punt. Ralston took over at their own 43 yard line and was finally able to get some offense going. A 36 yard pass and a 20 yard run set up Isaac Dannehl’s one yard quarterback sneak for a touchdown, making the score 9-7 with 5:05 left in the third quarter.
Ralston would put another scoring drive together at the end of the third quarter and starting the fourth quarter. They started and their own 19 yard line and a 45 yard pass sparked a nine play scoring drive. Damicah Burtin capped the drive with a one yard touchdown run, giving Ralston their first lead. The two pointer failed, keeping the score at 13-9.
Brody Nelson returned the ensuing kickoff all the way down to the Ralston 11 yard line, but the Orangemen offense would be unable to capitalize again, turning the ball over on downs.
Five plays later, Ralston connected for a 55 yard touchdown pass, extending their lead to 20-9
Beatrice once again drove it into Ralston territory on their next drive, but were turned away on fourth down. They would get the ball one more time in the fourth quarter, but the Ralston defense was too much. The Rams were able to run the clock out, making the final score 20-9.
Beatrice drops to 0-3 on the season and will travel to McCook next Friday.