Lemmon Cowboys win initial ‘Battle of the Wooden Nickel’ Award

In the inaugural “Battle of the Wooden Nickel” football game played at Hettinger, the Lemmon-McIntosh Cowboys came out on top 34-14.  Since these two old rivalries had not played each other since 2010, the two schools decided to have a traveling trophy.

Isaiah Kludt (#28) gets ready to tackle a Lemmon ball carrier. (PHOTO BY COLE BENZ | Adams Couty Record)
Isaiah Kludt (#28) gets ready to tackle a Lemmon ball carrier. (PHOTO BY COLE BENZ | Adams Couty Record)

By SHELDON CHRISTENSON | For The Record

In the inaugural “Battle of the Wooden Nickel” football game played at Hettinger, the Lemmon-McIntosh Cowboys came out on top 34-14.  Since these two old rivalries had not played each other since 2010, the two schools decided to have a traveling trophy.

It was an error plagued game with the Hettinger/Scranton Night Hawks shooting themselves in the foot too many times.

It started early as Lemmon was driving for what looked like an eventual touchdown when Night Hawk Tanner Sanford intercepted a Cowboy pass deep in Night Hawk territory.  On the first play after the interception the Hettinger/Scranton center hiked the ball over the quarterback’s head and it resulted in a safety for Lemmon.

The Night Hawks then had to punt, giving Lemmon good field position.

A few plays later Cowboy Dirk Wolf would haul in a 28-yard touchdown pass from Duell Tomac.  After making the 2-point conversion Lemmon was up 10-0 early in the game.

Hettinger/Scranton had a nice drive going in the second quarter when they fumbled on their own two-yard line and Lemmon recovered.

Later Sanford had a long punt return for a touchdown called back because of a personal foul by a Night Hawk.

Isaiah Kludt would put the first points on the scoreboard for the Night Hawks when he broke out of the pack and sprinted by everyone to score on an 82-yard run.  But late in the second quarter the Cowboys picked off a Night Hawk pass and eventually scored on the last play of the first half to go up 18-8 at the half.

Sanford opened up the second half as he hauled in a kickoff at his own 20-yard line and returned it for a touchdown.  That would be it for Night Hawk scoring as Lemmon’s ground game was working and Hettinger/Scranton would be hurt by their own penalties.

The Cowboys finished with 187 yards rushing with speedy Dirk Wolf doing the end sweeps and 240 lb Braydon Peterson picking up the tough yards up the middle.  They also had 127 yards passing.

Kludt led the Nighthawks in rushing with 96 and Sanford had 71.

That gave the Nighthawks a 1-1 record and they will finish the regular season with six region games.







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