Firebirds improve to 3-0 with 26-6 win over Miners

Ray Maloney, Sports
Devils Lake’s Beau Eriksson (17) rolls to his right as he looks for an open receiver during Friday’s game at Beulah. The Firebirds defeated the Miners 26-6 to improve to 3-0 on the season. Devils Lake will play Bottineau on Saturday afternoon in its annual homecoming game at Roller Field.

BEULAH, North Dakota — Kole Jenson ran 25 times for 160 yards and Beau Eriksson found Tanner Hoffmeyer for a long touchdown pass that allowed Devils Lake to remain unbeaten on the year with a 26-6 win over Beulah on Friday.

The Firebirds scored twice in the second period after the two teams battled to a scoreless tie through the first 12 minutes of the game at Roosevelt Park.

Jenson scored his first of three touchdowns on the night to put Devils Lake on the board in the second quarter when he found a seam and ran in from nine yards out. Austin Pearson’s conversion kick put the Firebirds in front 7-0. It was a lead Devils Lake would never surrender.

Eriksson found Hoffmeyer for a 39-yard scoring pass later in the period and the Firebirds held a 13-0 advantage at halftime.

Devils Lake extended that lead to 20-0 in the third period when Jenson added his second touchdown of the game, this one coming from 10 yards out early in the period. Pearson’s kick increased the Firebird lead to 20-0.

The Miners, whose first two games of the season went into overtime, pulled to within 20-6 later in the third quarter when A.J. Randolph plunged in from one yard out.

Randlph’s score was set up by a long kickoff return that covered 80 yards before the Beulah return man was tackled short of the end zone.

Devils Lake put the game out of reach in the fourth quarter when Jenson scampered four yards for the final score.

The Firebirds amassed 308 yards of offense, including 260 yards on the ground on 46 rushing attempts. Eriksson finished the game with two completions in eight attempts for 44 yards on the night.

Meanwhile, the Devils Lake defense, which had its best outing of the season, held the Miners to just 184 yards of offense. Just 44 of those yards came on the ground as the Firebirds shut down the Beulah ground attack. The Miners rushed 26 times and were held to just 1.7 yards per rush in the game.

It was the first West Region game of the season for the Firebirds, who improved to 3-0 overall. Devils Lake will take on Bottineau on Saturday afternoon at Roller Field. It will be homecoming at Devils Lake High School.

Beulah, which opened the year with an overtime win over rival Hazen in the annual Coal Bowl before falling to Dickinson Trinity in its West Region opener in double overtime, will travel to Belcourt on Friday.

Score by Quarters

Devils Lake     0   13   7   6   —   26

Beulah            0    0    6   0   —    6

Scoring Summary

First Quarter

No scoring

Second Quarter

DL – Kole Jenson 9 run (Austin Pearson kick).

DL – Tanner Hoffmeyer 39 pass from Beau Eriksson (kick failed).

Third Quarter

DL – Jenson 10 run (Pearson kick).

Beu –A.J. Randolph 1 run (kick failed).

Fourth Quarter

DL – Jenson 4 run (run failed).

Devils Lake Statistics

Rushing – Kole Jenson 25-160, Beau Eriksson 12-56, Sam Desai 9-44.

Passing – Eriksson 2-8-48.

Receiving – Tanner Hoffmeyer 1-39, Ben Erickstad 1-9.

Records: Devils Lake 1-0 West Region, 3-0 overall; Beulah 1-2 West Region, 1-2 overall.

This Week: Devils Lake vs. Bottineau (Saturday); Beulah at Belcourt (Friday).