Niel Eichten ran for two touchdowns and threw for another as Wabasso defeated Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart 34-8 during a Southern Minnesota Conference game Friday night.
Eichten carried the ball six times for negative-24 yards, but ran for TDs of 3 and 2 yards in the second half as the Rabbits took a 34-0 lead in the fourth quarter. He completed 6 of 16 passes for 140 yards and an interception. Eichten's 81-yard touchdown pass went to T.J. Fulton with 31 seconds left in the third quarter.
Wabasso led 6-0 in the first quarter, when Tanner Bock crossed the goal line from 4 yards out. The Rabbits led 13-0 at halftime as Fulton ran for a 19-yard TD with 9:46 left in the first half.
Eichten scored after a 3-yard run at the 7:13 mark of the third quarter to make it 20-0 before completing his 81-yard bomb to Fulton late in the period.
A 2-yard run by Eichten in the fourth quarter sealed the scoring for Wabasso, which improved to 1-0 overall and 1-0 in league play.
Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart broke up the shutout with 6 minutes left, when Austin Pagenkopf reached the end zone after a 25-yard run.
Bock led all rushers with 103 yards on 14 carries. Fulton, who caught four passes for 101 yards, added 50 rushing yards on seven carries.
Fulton was the Rabbits' top defender by compiling 6 1/2 tackles. Tanner Iverson played stellar defense by making 4 1/2 tackles, including three tackles for loss and two sacks.
WABASSO 34, BUFFALO LAKE-HECTOR-STEWART 8
BLHS0 0 0 8 - 8
Wabasso6 7 14 7 - 34
W - Tanner Bock 4 run (kick failed).
W - T.J. Fulton 19 run (Tom Deutschmann kick).
W - Niel Eichten 3 run (Tom Deutschmann kick).
W - T.J. Fulton 81 pass from Niel Eichten (Tom Deutschmann kick).
W - Niel Eichten 2 run (Tom Deutschmann kick).
BLHS - Austin Pagenkopf (2-point conversion pass successful).
RUSHING - BLHS (Tate Lange 18-48, Austin Pagenkopf 7-36, Andrew Best 3-19, Austin Krippner 3-8, Sam Nelson 1-0, Jake Pettit 7-minus 35); W (Tanner Bock 14-103, T.J. Fulton 7-50, Caleb Kemp 1-3, Niel Eichten 6-minus 24).
PASSING - BLHS (Jake Pettit 9-27-102-0-2, Kyle Mellies 0-3-0-0-0); W (Niel Eichten 6-16-140-1-1, Beau Taylor 1-2-6-0-0).
RECEIVING - BLHS (Kyle Kubesh 3-42, Tyler Schulte 3-23, Mason Olinger 2-21, Austin Krippner 1-16); W (T.J. Fulton 4-101, Caleb Salfer 1-41, Mitch Fulton 1-6, Tanner Bock 1-minus 2).