Nighthawks keep fighting

SCRANTON ~ With two weeks remaining in the regular season, the Nighthawks are only playing for pride at this point.

The touchdown was a good sign, and Nighthawks left competitors scattered in their wake, but it just wasn’t enough to win last weekend.

October 4, 2012

By EDDIE HIBBS III

Pioneer Publisher & Editor

 

SCRANTON ~ With two weeks remaining in the regular season, the Nighthawks are only playing for pride at this point.

Trenton-Trinity Christian handed Hettinger-Scranton its fifth straight loss Friday night, 46-12. The Nighthawks opened the season with back-to-back wins.

In other 9-man, Region 4 contests, Beach crushed Center-Stanton 44-12, Central McLean defeated Parshall-White Shield 30-6, Divide County rolled Shiloh Christian 46-25 and Mott-Regent whipped Bowman County 50-20.

The first quarter between the Tigers and the Nighthawks featured a miscues by both offenses. Trenton-Trinity Christian received the opening kickoff, and moved the ball from their own 35 to the Nighthawk 13-yard line where the Tigers faced a fourth-and-three. The Nighthawk defense forced a fumble, but Hettinger-Scranton returned the favor three plays later, giving Trenton-Trinity Christian the ball just 26 yards from the goal line. Five plays later, senior Trenton Hove scored the first of his five touchdowns with 6:59 remaining in the first.

The Tiger celebration was short lived as Hettinger-Scranton sophomore Kye Erickson returned the ensuing kickoff 82 yards to tie the game at six with 6:46 left in the first.

Both teams added touchdowns before the quarter ended. Hove tallied TD No. 2 with a 24-yard run with 2:27 to go. Erickson would reach the end zone on the final play of the quarter on a four-yard sprint and the game was tied at 12.

Unfortunately for the Nighthawk faithful, that was the end of the scoring for the Bulldogs. Hove added a one-yard run in the second quarter while Walker Lindemann added a 13-yard jaunt to give the Tigers a comfortable 26-12 lead at the break. Hove would add a 35-yard TD run for the only score of the third quarter and tallied a 73-yard sprint to pay dirt for the first score of the fourth quarter. The Tigers added a 17-yard TD strike from Michael Rademacher to Anthony Ell to end the scoring.

Hove finished the game with 278 rushing yards. Erickson led the Nighthawk rushing attack with 112 yards on 16 carries while freshmen Tanner Sanford added 71 yards on 12 hauls.

Nighthawk freshman signal caller Hayden Sadowsky completed 8-of-16 passes for 126 yards, but was intercepted twice. Senior Stephen Kristy led the receiving corps with four catches for 91 yards.

The Nighthawks (2-5) travel to Underwood this week to face Central McLean. Hettinger-Scranton closes the regular season Oct. 12 at home against Shiloh Christian.

 

BEACH 44, CENTER-STANTON 12

Marshall Nunberg had a hand in four touchdowns, including two first quarter TD runs to pace the Buccaneer attack.

Nunberg scored the game’s first points with a five-yard sprint. After he tossed a 36-yard scoring strike to Danny Skoglund, Nunberg added a 20-yard sprint to pay dirt to give Beach an 18-0 lead in the first quarter.

After a 36-yard from Logan Staigle to Daniel Henke in the second quarter for Center-Stanton’s first score, Skoglund added two more touchdowns before halftime with a 67-yard pass from Nunberg and a 20-yard run.

 

DIVIDE COUNTY 46,

SHILOH CHRISTIAN 25

In a match up of the league’s only undefeated squads, Divide County took sole possession in the league standings.

Lance Knudson rushed for 292 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He also tossed a 14-yard TD pass to Bennett Lystad.

 

MOTT-REGENT 50,

BOWMAN COUNTY 20

The Wildfire scored 28 first-quarter points and built a 50-point cushion in the third quarter as Mott-Regent kept Bowman County winless on the season.

Senior signal caller Taylor Zentner threw for a pair of scores, rushed for two more scores and even caught a touchdown pass from his younger brother, Tyler Zentner, on a halfback pass.

Sophomore Bondon Scott paced the Bulldog attack with two fourth-quarter touchdowns and tallied 91 yards on nine totes. Sophomore teammate Chandler Braaten tallied a nine-yard run in the third quarter for Bowman County’s first quarter. Junior quarterback John Yale ran the conversion. Braaten finished with 71 yards on 10 carries.