The Hettinger-Scranton (HS) Nighthawk Junior High (JH) and Junior Varsity (JV) football teams defeated Grant County on 8 September.
By SHELDON CHRISTENSON | For The Record
The Hettinger-Scranton (HS) Nighthawk Junior High (JH) and Junior Varsity (JV) football teams defeated Grant County on 8 September. The Nighthawks JH team came into the game undermanned as they only had 10 players available to play and Grant Co. had a half dozen reserves. After suffering a 36-0 loss to Beach in their opening game of the year they bounced back to record their first win by an 18-6 score.
Grant Co. opened the game with a good drive as they twice converted 4th down plays for first downs, but a fumble stopped their drive. It was a scoreless 1st quarter but in the 2nd quarter Nighthawk Ty Warbis broke out with a nice 30 yard run for the first touchdown (TD) of the game. Grant Co. later scored to tie the game at 6-6. Josh Dix made a TD saving tackle for the Nighthawks with one second left in the first half to preserve the tie.
Warbis opened the 2nd half by returning the opening kickoff for a TD. Jarad Anderson added a TD in the fourth quarter to end the scoring for the game. Conner Dilse intercepted a Grant Co. pass midway in the 4th quarter to stop a Grant Co. drive. Leading the defense for the Nighthawks was Warbis and Brady Dillon.
The JV game was completely opposite as far as numbers. Grant Co. only had two reserves while the HS brought a team of around 25. The Nighthawks completely dominated this game as they scored on their first four possessions. Grant Co. didn’t get a first down until midway in the 2nd quarter. The score was 38-6 Nighthawk favor at the end of the first half. HS substituted freely in the 2nd half and HS finished with a 50-14 victory. Scoring for HS:
Isaiah Kludt, 10 yard run, 1st quarter
Logan Lachowitzer, 11 yard run, 1st quarter
Riley Clapper, 15 yard run, 1st quarter
I. Kludt, 55 yard run, 1st quarter
Ty Lachowitzer, 2 yard run, 2nd quarter
Alec Andress, 12 yard TD pass from Jaxon Mellmer
Clapper, 43 yard TD pass from Mellmer
Mellmer’s passing game looked good with crisp and accurate passes. The JV team remains undefeated with a 3-0 record.