Football: Becker air game shreds Thunder 56-22

Players on both sides piled up after a fumble by Becker early in the third quarter. Zimmerman came up with the ball. (Photo by Erik Jacobson)


Becker quarterback Tommy Benson passed for 387 yards as the Bulldogs humbled Zimmerman 56-22 on Friday night, handing the Thunder their first loss in two years of Granite Ridge Conference play.

Conference newcomer Becker is 4-0 in the GRC and averaging 50 points per game. Zimmerman dropped to 2-1 in conference and 3-1 overall.

xxxxx Nixon caught this pass from Cam Korlath for a touchdown in the third quarter. (Photo by Erik Jacobson)

The Thunder, champs in the conference’s inaugural season, absorbed their first loss in nine GRC games, at the hands of a team they never beat when each was a Mississippi 8 team, either.

Benson was on fire, hitting 16 of 18 passes, four of them for touchdowns. Brett Watercott snagged three TD passes, from 53, 17 and 67 yards out, and totaled 254 yards receiving. Benson’s other scoring pass went to Eric Dudek from 15 yards.

Austin Soere scored three TD’s on short runs as the Bulldogs opened a 28-0 lead.

Zimmerman had some good moments just before and after halftime as they pulled within 28-14.

They drove 75 yards in the last three minutes of the half, with quarterback Cam Korlath diving over from the one and Jeff Mueller added the two-pointer. The Thunder recovered a Becker fumble near midfield early in the third quarter. Mueller bucked three yards for the score and Noah Lunning’s two-point run made it 28-18.

However, Benson and the Bulldogs needed just 25 seconds to answer as the TD pass to Dudeck, with the same pair adding the PAT’s, made it 36-18, and started a 20-point Bulldog third quarter.

Zimmerman will host Foley next Friday.


Becker 56, Zimmerman 22


Zimmerman ……   0    8  14   0 — 22

Becker …………. 14  14  20   8 — 56


Bck —Brett Watercott 53 pass from Tommy Benson (Joel Hopkins pass from Benson)

Bck— Austin Soere 1 run (run failed)

Bck— Soere 3 run (run failed)

Bck— Soere 1 run (Benson run)

Zim— Cam Korlath 1 run (Jeff Mueller run)

Zim— Mueller 3 run (Noah Lunning run)

Bck — Eric Dudek 15 pass from Benson (Dudek pass from Benson)

Zim — Andrew Nixon 19 pass from Korlath (run failed)

Bck — Watercoett 17 pass from Benson (run failed)

Bck — Watercott 67 pass from Benson (run failed)

Bck — Matt Miller 59 run (run, name not  available)

Zimmerman statistics

Rushing — Korlath 15-97, Lunning 16-76, Mueller 11-63
Passing — Korlath 9-18-104-0
Receiving — Lunning 6-63, Nixon 3-38, Mueller 1-18
Tackles — Mueller 6, Nixon 5, Austin Tretbar 5

Becker statistics

Rushing — Dudek 11-102, Soare 6-17
Passing — Benson 16-18-387-1
Receiving — Watercott 76-254,  Dudek 4-59, Joel Hopkins 4-59