Phillips powers BEA to SCC win over St. James

BLUE EARTH – Blue Earth Area flanker Gus Phillips ran 17 times for 145 yards and four touchdowns to pace the Bucs’ 42-14 South Central Conference football victory over the St. James Saints on Wednesday night in St. James.

Phillips reached the end zone on runs of 26 and seven yards in the first quarter to fuel a 14-0 lead.

St. James cut Blue Earth Area’s lead in half when Brady Halverson connected with Justin Stevens through the air for a 16-yard TD.

Luke Schavey then added to the Bucs’ lead with a 32 yard scoring run early in the second before Phillips found the end zone two more times.

Jacob Johnson scored the final Buc TD in the third, carrying the ball 28 yards to cross the goal line.

Walker Froehling connected with Kody Curry on a 7-yard pass for the Saints’ final score of the game in the third quarter.

David Franta added eight carries for 60 yards in addition to four catches for 18 yards for BEA.

Schavey connected on 4 of 11 passing for 69 yards, as well as running six times for 46 yards.

Froehling completed 16 of 39 pass for 131 yards, but threw three picks in the loss.

Kaleb Mohwinkel led the Saints’ ground game with 35 yards on nine carries, while Curry made 13 catches for 75 yards and Stevens grabbed 11 passes for 48 yards.

Trevor Zierke, Bailey Olson and Jacob Johnson each grabbed interceptions for the Bucs.

No. 4-seeded Blue Earth Area (5-3) plays host to No. 5-seeded Worthington at 7 p.m. Tuesday night in a Section 3AAA quarterfinal game.

BEA 14 21 7 0 – 42

STJ 0 7 7 0 – 14


1st Quarter

BEA – Gus Phillips 26 run (Justus Thelen kick).

BEA – Phillips 7 run (Thelen kick).

STJ – Justin Stevens 16 yard pass from Brady Halverson (Walker Froehling kick).

2nd Quarter

BEA – Luke Schavey 32 run (Thelen kick).

BEA – Phillips 4 run (Thelen kick).

BEA – Phillips 7 run (Thelen kick).

3rd Quarter

BEA – Jacob Johnson 28 run (Thelen kick).

STJ – Kody Curry 7 yard pass from Walker Froehling (Froehling kick).


Offense: Rushing: BEA 53-321; STJ 18-45. Passing (Comp-Att-Int-Yards): STJ 17-40-3-147; BEA 4-11-0-69. Penalties: BEA 6-60; STJ 5-35. Fumbles-lost: BEA 1-1; STJ 0-0.


Offense: Rushing: Gus Phillips (BEA) 17-145; David Franta (BEA) 8-60; Luke Schavey (BEA) 6-46; Kaleb Mohwinkel (STJ) 9-35. Passing: Walker Froehling (STJ) 16-39-3-131; Schavey (BEA) 4-11-0-69. Receiving: Kody Curry (STJ) 13-75; Justin Stevens (STJ) 11-48; Phillips (BEA) 2-42.

Defense: Interceptions: Trevor Zierke (BEA); Bailey Olson (BEA) and Jacob Johnson (BEA).