Night Hawks get win to cap off Homecoming week

Damon Cornelius had a big night for the Night Hawks as they trounced the visiting Beach Buccaneers 40-8 on an evening when Hettinger and Scranton celebrated their homecoming week.

Damon Cornelius makes a tackle against Beach. (Photo by Cole Benz/The Record)
Damon Cornelius makes a tackle against Beach. (Photo by Cole Benz/The Record)

By COLE BENZ | Record Editor
cbenz@countrymedia.net

Damon Cornelius had a big night for the Night Hawks as they trounced the visiting Beach Buccaneers 40-8 on an evening when Hettinger and Scranton celebrated their homecoming week.

Cornelius had two scores and racked up 91 rushing yards and emerged as another threat in the Night Hawk the back field, joining Hudson Pierce and Isaiah Kludt. After an early injury scare Pierce carried the ball nine times for 49 yards and Kludt racked up 102 yards on 17 carries. Pierce scored on a 2-yard pass and Kludt would end up scoring after he picked up a Beach fumble and took it to the end zone.

The score was low after the first half, the Night Hawks only held an 14-0 lead.

Hudson Pierce (#11) blocks for Isaiah Kludt (#23) as Kludt runs with the ball. (Photo by Cole Benz/The Record)
Hudson Pierce (#11) blocks for Isaiah Kludt (#23) as Kludt runs with the ball. (Photo by Cole Benz/The Record)

But Hettinger/Scranton broke open the flood gates after the half and scored four times in the third quarter, extending their lead to 40-0 by the time the fourth quarter started.

The Bucs finally got on the board late in the fourth quarter with a 3-yard rush by Kaden Pelton, but Hettinger/Scranton head coach Randy Burwick had already substituted most of his starters for second and third groups.

Normally a rush-first team, the Night Hawks scored their first two touchdowns in the air, and a third one was called back on a penalty. Quarterback Jaxon Mellmer threw a 9-yard touchdown to Kyle Burwick in the first quarter, and a 2-yard pass to Pierce in the second quarter.

Mellmer finished the game with 55 yards on 6-for-18 passing. He spread the ball around, completing passes to five different receivers.

Jacob Dix caught two passes for 24 yards and added an interception. Kludt caught one pass for 12 yards. Burwick caught one pass for nine yards, Pierce caught one pass for two yards and added an interception. Jordan Dilse caught one pass for eight yards.

The Night Hawks improved to 1-1 in the Region 5 standings, and face off against the Grant County/Flasher Storm at Flasher High School on Friday, Sept. 16.

The Storm are coming off a win against fellow Region 5 opponent Bowman County.







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