Night Hawks bring home Wooden Nickel with win against Lemmon

In the inaugural “Battle of the Wooden Nickel” football game played at Hettinger last season, the Lemmon-McIntosh Cowboys came out on top 34-14.

By SHELDON CHRISTENSON
For The Record

The Wooden Nickel is a traveling trophy between Lemmon/McIntosh and Hettinger/Scranton. (Photo by Cole Benz)
The Wooden Nickel is a traveling trophy between Lemmon/McIntosh and Hettinger/Scranton. (Photo by Cole Benz)

In the inaugural “Battle of the Wooden Nickel” football game played at Hettinger last season, the Lemmon-McIntosh Cowboys came out on top 34-14. That was the first time these two old rivalries had played each other since 2010. So the two schools decided to have a traveling trophy to play for.

The Night Hawks brought the “Wooden Nickel” back as they defeated the Cowboys, 34-14, at Lemmon on Friday, Sept. 2. Coincidently the same score as last year, only reversed.

The Night Hawk defense played well as they held Lemmon without a first down on their first two possessions. Night Hawk Hudson Pierce scored the first touchdown of the game as he hauled in a pass from Jaxon Mellmer for a 35-yard scoring play. Isaiah Kludt tallied the second touchdown of the first quarter with a 9-yard scamper to put the Night Hawks up 16-0.

The Cowboys got on the board on the first play of the second quarter as quarterback Wyatt Huffman scored from one yard out. Their scoring drive was kept alive by two pass interference calls on the Night Hawks. Penalties continue to hurt the Night Hawks.

The Night Hawks came back to score the next two touchdowns. The first of these came after the Night Hawks gambled on a fourth down with eight yards to go. They faked the punt and snapped the ball to Kludt who gained just enough for the first down. A few plays later, Kludt caught another Mellmer pass for a 15-yard touchdown. Kludt scored again on a 17-yard run on the first play after a Lemmon punt. Lemmon was deep in their own territory and ball went off the punter’s side of his foot and only went about eight yards.

img_20150904_184135459The Cowboys’ Dirk Wolf got the final score of the game with a 21-yard run in the final quarter. The Night Hawks had begun substituting in the fourth quarter.

Kludt ended up with 174 yards rushing and Pierce had a nice game with 81 yards on the ground. Mellmer was 3-8 for 59 yards in the passing department.

The Night Hawks now have a 2-1 record with the remaining five games against Region 5 opponents.







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