The Bulldog football team fell to 2-2 with a 20-7 loss to Hutchinson Friday night on the road.
Hutchinson’s first two possessions ended with a fumble on the Becker 30-yard line and a punt. Becker also punted its first possession, then gave up a big turnover as Mitchell Piehl intercepted a pass at the goal line.
The first quarter went scoreless as both team’s defenses played solid.
On the Tiger’s third possession of the game, they finally found pay dirt. Starting from Becker’s 35-yard line after a bad punt, Hutchinson scored the first points on a six-yard run from Colin Nagel with 1:45 left in the half.
The successful two-point conversion meant Hutchinson would head to the lockerroom at the half with a one-score lead.
Hutchinson started the second half with the ball but failed to move it and punted it away. Then, when Becker failed to move the ball, the Tigers caught a break when Becker’s punter accidentally put his knee down while wrangling a wayward snap, giving Hutch the ball on the Becker 45-yard line.
The Tigers methodically navigated the short field and Tristan Hoppe capped off the drive with a three-yard TD score with less than two minutes in the third quarter.
Becker, down 14-0 after an unsuccessful extra point conversion, got a spark when Lukas Paulson fielded the ensuing kickoff and scampered 85-yards for their only points of the game.
Hutchinson would later cap off the win in the fourth quarter when Nagel crossed the goal line from five yards out to seal the deal.
Becker’s Ryan Bengtson was 12-of-24 passing for 127 yards and one interception. Kyle Millard led the ground game with 15 yards on three carries.
Luke Eigen snagged four passes from Bengtson for 39 yards while Hunter Klatt almost equaled Eigen’s efforts with four receptions for 38 yards.
On defense, Caden DeWall, Teddy Halvorson and Brayden Weber were flying all over the field, wrangling down runners and receivers throughout the night. DeWall finished with six tackles and seven assists. Halvorson had six tackles and nine assists and Weber had eight tackles and nine assists.
Hutchinson racked up 244 yards on the ground compared to just 34 for the Bulldogs. Nagel did most of the damage as he racked up 85 yards on 12 carries and two scores.
The Bulldogs will host Willmar (4-1) Thursday night for Homecoming and their final regular season game of the year. With no concessions being served during any of the football games this year (due to COVID), the football team decided to try to keep their great tradition alive by hosting a pork chop feed drive thru from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Eppard field.