Belle Plaine spoils Alburnett's new home-field opener

Plainsmen score first 32 points, win 38-13

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Ryan Pleggenkhule, correspondent

Friday evening, Belle Plaine (2-0) gave spectators many reasons to believe they will be a force in Class A District 5 this season.

The Plainsmen defeated Alburnett (1-1) in dominant fashion, 38-13, on Alburnett’s opening game at its new home field, the Martin Athletic Complex.

“I told our guys, they’re (Alburnett) going to be hyped up about this game. They want to get their first win on this new field,” said Belle Plaine coach Todd Bohlen. “So I think that motivated our kids a little bit more because we knew we were going to have to establish ourselves in the first drive or two.”

Belle Plaine struck early and often as sophomore quarterback Garret Straight scored on the first drive finding Jordan Reineke for a 41-yard TD reception, putting the Plainsmen up 6-0.

The Plainsmen didn’t take long to strike again, this time from the ground as Joey Schwenn bursted through a big gap for a 44-yard TD dash.

On the next drive, Brodie Bohlen sprinted in from three yards out to expand Belle Plaine’s lead.

Straight then found Chance Baburek for an 80-yard touchdown connection. And on the next drive, Straight and Baburek again hooked up, this time from 32 yards out to give Belle Plaine a 32-0 lead at half.

“They had a lot of outside blitzes coming tonight which opened up the passing game a lot,” said Straight. “Our coaches did a great job game planning and everyone did their job tonight.”

And as good as the offense was for Belle Plaine, the defense was equally as dominant. The Plainsmen held Alburnett to just two rushing yards and 19 yards passing in the first half.

The Plainsmen added a score on the opening drive of the second half.

Alburnett never packed it in though as the Pirates punched in two TDs in the fourth quarter to round out the scoring.

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