BEMIDJI -- Week two of the Bemidji High School football season couldn’t have gone better for the Lumberjacks.
After a 35-point first half, Bemidji cruised through the final 24 minutes with one more touchdown to seal a 41-0 shutout over Big Lake in its home opener Friday night – and Senior Night – at Chet Anderson Stadium.
“The kids executed,” BHS head coach Troy Hendricks said. “When we needed to get first downs, we did, and when we needed to stop them or create a turnover, we did. Special teams was solid again, so it was an all-around great team effort. I’m extremely proud of the kids, and it started with a great week of preparation.”
The Jacks (2-0) found the end zone in each of their first five drives, including four touchdowns in the first quarter for a 28-0 lead.
“Everything (was going well),” Jacks senior quarterback Jacob Beberg said. “Our offensive line was doing fantastic the whole game. Our wide receivers ran routes good. Everyone was catching. It was just awesome.”
James Williams got the running game going in the opening drive, breaking through for a 35-yard gain and scoring two plays later on a two-yard pitch.
After Bemidji recovered a Hornets fumble on the ensuing drive, the Jacks marched down the field again, and Williams punched it in for his second of the night from three yards out.
Bemidji’s third and fourth touchdowns were through the air, the first going from Beberg to Ryan Bieberdorf for 32 yards, and the second was to Kade Peterson from 50 yards out.
Bieberdorf beat his man right off the line of scrimmage, so all it took was for Beberg to air it out to the end zone and let him run under it.
On Peterson’s touchdown, Beberg said it took some teamwork between him and his receiver to get him open enough for the strike.
“They’d been biting on the screen because we were getting them on the screen every time, so I faked the screen and looked at Kade,” said Beberg. “It was good defense, but we still scored the touchdown.”
By the half, the Jacks had scored one more touchdown, coming on a Will Falldorf two-yard run off of an option pitch, and the defense held Big Lake scoreless by forcing two fumbles, two turnovers on downs and two punts.
The Hornets went three-and-out to start the third, and the Lumberjacks took advantage with a long 75-yard drive, capped off by a 1-yard touchdown from Caleb Grant.
From there, the teams gave other players a chance to get in the game until the final horn gave Bemidji the 41-0 win.
“There’s nothing better than giving the opportunity to some of the kids that have worked just as hard but maybe aren’t quite as talented or they’re a little bit young or they’re behind some talented kids,” Hendricks said. “We want everybody to get some action, and it’s nice to do that, especially at home.”
Beberg finished the game 13-for-16 through the air with 193 passing yards, 107 of which were to Peterson and 66 to Bieberdorf.
“At the beginning of this game, I’m like, ‘Lord, just help us win this game,’” Beberg said. “And I told friends I was having the game of my life tonight. Senior night. We did so good today. We did the best we’ve ever done in my high school career. The best performance I’ve seen.”
In addition to Grant (18 carries, 80 yards), and Falldorf (11 carries, 22 yards) on the ground, Bemidji spread the ball out further this week and gave Williams five carries, which he turned into 56 yards and two touchdowns.
“We’ve got some talented kids, and we want to make sure we’re healthy at the end of the year and we’re not giving the ball too much to one person,” Hendricks said. “... James Williams is showing us some things in practice so we gave him a few plays, and we’ll expand on that package and see where he can take that.”
Bemidji 41, Big Lake 0
BHS 28 7 6 0 -- 41
BL 0 0 0 0 -- 0