Night Hawks fall to Raiders in home opener

Not again!

Prior to the Night Hawk, Richardton-Taylor football game I listened to the pre-game radio broadcast put on by KNDC.

Teams Line up (B&W)
The Raiders (Left) and Night Hawks (Right) line up before Richardton-Taylor hikes the ball. (Photo by Cole Benz/The Record)

By SHELDON CHRISTENSON | For The Record

Not again!

Prior to the Night Hawk, Richardton-Taylor football game I listened to the pre-game radio broadcast put on by KNDC.  Head coach Randy Burwick said that we haven’t won against the Raiders in the last 12 games.  Well, make it 13 now.

The game started out as if Night Hawk Isaiah Kludt would have another good rushing day, like he had against Wyndmere-Lidgerwood.  On the Night Hawks’ first possession of the game, he took the handoff from Jaxon Mellmer and weaved through the Raiders’ defenders and ran it in for a 59-yard touchdown.  Later in the second quarter, Mellmer would find Kludt for a 29-yard touchdown pass and the Night Hawks were up 12-0.

Richardton-Taylor scored with only seconds left in the first half on an 8-yard run by junior Matthew Naumann.  On this drive the buccaneers benefited from a penalty on a late hit by the Night Hawks.  The Night Hawk defense was playing much better than in their opening game, but penalties were hurting them.

In the second half Richardton-Taylor outscored the Night Hawks 22-8, with a personal foul on a Night Hawk keeping another Raider drive alive.  The lone Night Hawk touchdown was a pass that a Buccaneer defensive back tipped, and an alert Kludt caught it for a 47-yard score.

One of the biggest plays for Richardton-Taylor was on a third down, and deep in their own territory, with quarterback Brandon Butterfield evading a sacked and to find a wide open Naumann on a screen pass who scampered 81 yards for a touchdown.  Butterfield finished out the game with a 3-yard scoring run with 16 seconds left in the game.  The Raiders converted the two-point conversion and pulled out the 28-20 victory.

Although Kludt ran for game leading 167 yards, after his first score Richardton-Taylor’s smothering defense kept him in check from any long runs.

Butterfield had a decent game as he went 7-10 in passing good for 170 yards.  His lone interception came from Kludt in the first quarter.

I had Night Hawk Damon Cornelius with the lone Night Hawk sack.

Up next for the Night Hawks is against Lemmon, at Lemmon on Sept. 2.







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