Eye on southwest ND sports

Two disappointing losses occurred this past weekend.  No. 1-ranked North Dakota State in NCAA Division I FCS football could not hold on as their defense let the No. 12-ranked Montana Grizzlies score a last second touchdown and lost 38-35.  The Bison’s offense looked good but their defense needs work.

Sheldon Christenson
Sheldon Christenson

By SHELDON CHRISTENSON | For The Record

Two disappointing losses occurred this past weekend.  No. 1-ranked North Dakota State in NCAA Division I FCS football could not hold on as their defense let the No. 12-ranked Montana Grizzlies score a last second touchdown and lost 38-35.  The Bison’s offense looked good but their defense needs work.

The other tough loss was the Little League World Series Championship game.   Pennsylvania jumped out to a 10-2 lead after the first inning but their pitching could not stop Japan as they scored 16 more for an 18-11 win.

In their first meet of the year, the Nighthawk Cross Country participated in the Killdeer Early Bird Invite.  Top finisher for the boys was Carlos Martinez with a time of 15:51.  Top time for the boys was 15:16 from Beulah-Hazen’s Vallejo.

Boys Teams: Beulah-Hazen 18, Watford City 63, Stanley 99, Killdeer 99, Hettinger-Scranton 165, Hebron 173.

Top finisher for the girls was Rebecca Knutson who finished 16th with a time of 15:06.  Smith of Watford City had the best time of 12:00.

Girls Teams: Killdeer 42, Watford City 50, Beulah-Hazen 57, Stanley 81, Hettinger/Scranton 124.

The Nighthawk Volleyball team opened their season in the Killdeer Invitational on August 29.  They did well by taking two from Mott-Regent and Killdeer, and splitting with Heart River, Beach and Glen Ullin-Hebron.

Hettinger-Scranton takes on the Lemmon Cowboys on September 4 in a football match up for the first time since 2010.  Hettinger and Scranton had not merged yet in 2010.  In the 2010 game the two teams were tied at half time 0-0.  But the younger and smaller Hettinger team could not maintain their defense for the whole game and lost 22-8.  Leading ground gainer for Hettinger was Drew Kugel with 36 yards, quarterback Ander Thompson was 7 for 22 in the passing game for 123 yards and one touchdown but four interceptions.  Chris Sayler caught three passes for 87 yards and one touchdown.

Last week the Cowboys downed the Bowman Bulldogs 36-0.

The Nighthawk Junior High (JH) and Junior varsity (JV) football teams split their games at Beach on 31 August.  The JV won their second game of the year with a 46-16 victory while the JH lost their first game of the year 36-0.

Sports schedule for the coming week is as follows:

-September 4, Varsity Football vs Lemmon at Hettinger

-September 8, JV & JH football vs Grant County at Hettinger

-September 10, Varsity Volleyball vs Beulah at Hettinger

-September 10, JH Volleyball vs Harding Co. at Reeder

-September 11, Varsity Football at Beach

See you at the games.







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