ST. PAUL - David Franta rushed for a pair of touchdowns and caught a Kysten Zierke pass for another score to propel the Class 3A No. 5-ranked Blue Earth Area Bucs to a 37-21 victory over the St. Paul Highland Park Scots during nonconference football action Friday night in St. Paul.
Franta, who rushed for 33 yards on seven totes, reached the end zone from five yards out to open the scoring in the first frame. Felix Harseim kicked the PAT for a 7-0 lead.
Ahead 7-6, Franta scored on a 16-yard run before catching Zierke's 32-yard TD strike near the end of the second quarter. Harseim kicked the PAT to stake the Bucs to a 20-6 halftime edge.
Carter Hanson, who generated a game-best 139 yards on 14 carries, produced a 4-yard scoring run before Harseim booted the PAT to widen BEA's lead to 27-6 in the third quarter.
Zierke, who completed 12 of 17 passes for 133 yards and one TD, displayed his scrambling skills by crossing the goal line from six yards out en route to 70 rushing yards on 17 totes in the game.
Harseim capped the Bucs' scoring by hitting a 25-yard field goal during the fourth frame.
Gus Phillips chipped in 55 yards on five carries for BEA, while Steven Plocker topped a balanced receiving core with six catches for 44 yards. Franta made two receptions for 40 yards, Isaac Darrington had two catches for 26 yards, while Dallas Barslou caught two passes for 23 yards.
Franta also topped the Bucs' defensive effort by making 10 tackles and intercepting a pass, while Hanson delivered eight stops and an interception.
Zierke and Justin Ritter each contributed seven tackles, Darrington made six stops, while Barslou added an interception.
Blue Earth Area (2-0) plays host to Windom Area at 7 p.m. Friday night at Wilson Field in Blue Earth.
BEA 7 13 7 10-37
SPHP 0 6 7 8-21
BEA - David Franta 5 run (Felix Harseim kick).
SPHP - Tycel Page 19 run (kick failed).
BEA - Franta 16 run (kick failed).
BEA - Franta 32 pass from Kysten Zierke (Harseim kick).
BEA - Carter Hanson 4 run (Harseim kick).
SPHP - Traveon Fears 5 run (Joey Silversmith kick).
BEA - Zierke 6 run (Harseim kick).
BEA - Harseim 25 FG.
SPHP - Isaiah Brower 21 pass from Silversmith (Page pass from Silversmith).