Nighthawk varsity completes sweep of Grant Co. storm

The Hettinger-Scranton Nighthawk varsity football team made it a clean sweep by defeating Grant County’s varsity 53-8 on September 18.

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

The Hettinger-Scranton Nighthawk varsity football team made it a clean sweep by defeating Grant County’s varsity 53-8 on September 18.  On September 8 both the Nighthawk junior high and junior varsity had downed their counterparts from Grant Co.

Hettinger/Scranton scored quickly on a 31-yard touchdown run by Isaiah Kludt and converted the two-point conversion.

But Grant Co. came right back with their ground game led by Layton Maher and 225 pound fullback Connor Marion, as Marion finished the scoring drive with a 3-yard run.

After stopping the Nighthawks on their next possession, the Storm started marched down the field again with their running game.

I thought at the time it may be a long night for the Nighthawks if we can’t contain their running game.  But a Storm runner fumbled in Nighthawk territory and speedy Kludt quickly picked up the fumble and headed down the sideline untouched for his second touchdown.

The Storm did not score again as the Nighthawk defense tightened up with the help of Tanner Sanford, who ended up with three intercepted passes for the game, and returned one of them for a touchdown.  Grant Count receivers didn’t help matters either, as I counted at least three dropped passes.

Kludt ended up scoring two more touchdowns and rushed for 117 yards.  He also made some nice solo tackles on defense.

Brandon Pierce rushed for 53 yards and touched pay dirt twice, one on a pass from Braxton Yates.  Sanford added 81 yards rushing to go along with his touchdown and three interceptions.

Hudson Pierce finished up the scoring with a late fourth quarter touchdown on a 10-yard run.

The Nighthawks next opponent is Bowman at Bowman on Saturday, September 26.  Grant County had previously downed Bowman on September 11 by a 42-22 score.