By Jason Wesseldyk
BUCHANAN—A fourth-quarter comeback effort fell short for the Saugatuck football team in its game with Buchanan on Friday, Oct. 4.
After being held to three points through the first three quarters, the Indians scored a pair of touchdowns and a 2-point conversion in the final stanza.
But that wasn’t quite enough as Saugatuck fell by a score of 26-18.
“It was another tough loss on the road,” said Saugatuck coach Bill Dunn, whose team slipped to 2-4.
Trailing by the eight-point final margin, the Indians had a chance to tack on a third TD in the fourth quarter that, coupled with a successful 2-point conversion, would have tied the game with less than a minute to play.
That drive stalled on the Buchanan 12-yard line, however, as a pass in the end zone fell incomplete with 16 seconds left to seal Saugatuck’s fate.
“Give my guys credit for not giving up and fighting until the end,” Dunn said.
Saugatuck’s touchdowns came on a 31-yard run by Benny Diaz and a 9-yard pass from Keiran Boerema to Tommy Beckman. Boerema and Beckman also hooked up for a 2-point conversion pass following Diaz’s scoring run.
The only points of the first half for the Indians came on a 31-yard field goal from Griffin Milovanski. Buchanan led 13-3 at halftime.
Turnover played a big role in the game.
“That’s been our Achilles’ heel,” Dunn said of turnovers. “We had three tonight that led to 16 points for Buchanan.”
One of those turnovers was an interception that resulted in a pick six for Buchanan.
“We had a much better second half on the offensive side of the ball,” Dunn said. “We scored those two touchdowns and converted the 2-point conversion pass.”
Boerema finished 9-of-17 passing for 114 yards, with Beckman hauling in six of those completions for 87 yards. Diaz had 60 yards on 12 carries, followed by Donnie Drew with 53 yards on 15 carries.
Beckman also spearheaded the defensive effort with 11 total tackles. Marty Resseguie had an interception and Ben Drew recovered a fumble.
“I was proud of our defensive effort,” Dunn said. “We only gave up one touchdown and three field goals on that side of the ball.”