ST. PETER - Now there's only one undefeated football team in the South Central Conference.
Quarterback Kysten Zierke erupted for a game-leading 258 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries to power the Class 3A, No. 3-ranked Blue Earth Area Bucs to a 27-13 triumph over the No. 6-ranked St. Peter Saints in a clash of unbeatens on Friday night in St. Peter.
Blue Earth Area, who improved to 6-0 overall and 3-0 in SCC action, travels to Fairmont for the Little Brown Jug game against the four-time defending league champion Cardinals at 7 p.m. next Friday night at Mahoney Field in Fairmont.
St. Peter, who lowered its overall mark to 5-1 and 3-1 in the SCC, travels to nonconference opponent Columbia Heights next Friday night.
Zierke exploded for a 71-yard scoring scamper before teammate Felix Harseim kicked the PAT to stake the Bucs to an early 7-0 lead in the opening quarter at Floyd B. Johnson Field.
Justin Sorensen, however, countered for the Saints by returning the kickoff for a TD as St. Peter knotted the game at 7-all.
Zierke, who also threw for 59 yards, helped Blue Earth Area regain a seven-point margin during the second quarter. Zierke fired a 39-yard scoring strike to Gus Phillips before Harseim kicked the PAT for a 14-7 heading into the lockerroom at intermission.
Zierke displayed his speed and power again by sprinting for a 55-yard TD run before Harseim booted the extra point to widen the Bucs' lead to 21-7 in the third quarter.
Zierke capped Blue Earth Area's scoring with a 1-yard plunge in the fourth quarter before St. Peter later countered with a double-pass from Josh Peymann-to-Sorensen-to-Brenden Reese to slice the final margin of loss to 27-13.
Running back David Franta carried a dozen times for 62 yards for the Bucs, while teammate Carter Hanson gained 41 yards on 11 totes. Hanson also caught a 20-yard pass from Zierke.
Justin Ritter, Phillips and Steven Plocker each recovered fumbles for the Bucs' defense.
Running back Derek Meyer rushed six times for 42 yards to top St. Peter, while Reese caught four passes from quarterback Josh Peymann for 55 yards.
The Bucs' offense piled up 374 rushing yards and 59 more through the air, while the Blue Earth Area defense limited St. Peter to only 73 rushing yards and 55 from a passing perspective.