The Miller Rustlers’ (3-4) football team fell to the Eureka-Bowdle Patriots (5-2) by the final score of 18-16 after a fourth-quarter comeback fell short in Miller Friday night, Oct. 12.
The Rustlers took the early lead in the first quarter as running back Kris Wharton broke free for a 63-yard touchdown run early in the quarter with Lee Sivertsen adding the two-point conversion, making the score 8-0. The Patriots responded with a Brandon Beutler eight-yard touchdown run. The two-point conversion failed, making the score 8-6 in favor of the Rustlers.
The Patriots scored again early in the second quarter, this time on a Beutler 42-yard run. The two- point conversion, failed making the score 12-8 in favor of the Patriots. The Rustlers scored two points after a Devon Gnat punt pinned the Patriots inside their own five-yard line, making the score 12-10. That would remain the score until the fourth quarter, when Beutler added a three-yard score, bringing the score to 18-10. The Rustlers responded with a score with less than five seconds left, when Lee Sivertsen found Wyatt Strasburg in the corner of the end zone from nine yards out. The two-point conversion failed, forcing the Rustlers to attempt an onside kick with three seconds left, which was executed beautifully and recovered by Strasburg on the Patriot 27-yard line, but the last-second pass fell incomplete to end the game.
The Rustlers were led by Lee Sivertsen, who had 23 rushing attempts for 103 yards. Kris Wharton added nine attempts for 85 yards, including a 63-yard score. Sivertsen was also six for 11 passing for 39 yards and a score. Wyatt Strasburg had five catches for 34 yards and a score.
Leading the way defensively for the Rustlers was Luke Simons with10 ½ tackles. Lee Sivertsen added eight tackles, with Sam Simons adding 7 ½ tackles.
Leading the way for the Patriots was Brandon Beutler, with 33 rushing attempts for 175 yards and three scores.
Photo Courtesy Dawn Joy
Jordan DeBoer (#34) fends off a Eureka-Bowdle Patriot during Miller’s last home game Friday evening.