In what may be the last time in awhile that Hettinger-Scranton and the Bowman Co. Bulldogs battle in football, the Night Hawks won this one 24-0.
By SHELDON CHRISTENSON
For The Record
In what may be the last time in awhile that Hettinger-Scranton and the Bowman Co. Bulldogs battle in football, the Night Hawks won this one 24-0. Due to enrollment numbers Bowman is moving up to the A division in 11-man football for 2017-18.
Bowman’s first possession was a tough one as they lost yardage and their punt was blocked by Ethan Dupper of the Night Hawks. The ball was recovered by the Night Hawks in the Bulldogs end zone for a safety. Later in the first quarter Hudson Pierce tallied a touchdown with a 14-yard run to move the score to 10-0. Kyle Burwick picked off one of the Bulldog passes to stop a drive. That would be all the scoring for the first half.
Jaxon Mellmer found Isaiah Kludt for touchdown passes of 25 and 10 yards for the only scores in the second half. Kludt caught three passes total for the game for 56 yards and he added 109 rushing yards on 21 carries. Damon Cornelius led the Night Hawks with 128 yards rushing and Pierce finished with 75. The Night Hawks were dominating in the rushing department as the Bulldogs top rusher was Brayden Jorgenson who led them with 35 yards in six attempts.
Mellmer was 5-5 with no interceptions and good for 72 yards and two touchdowns. Bulldog quarterback Corban Massey was 5 of 14 passing for 39 yards and an interception.
Defensively the Night Hawks were led by Jacob Dix, Cornelius, Kludt, Seth Olson, Alec Andress and Nevan Weaver.
With the win the Night Hawks moved into second place with a 3-1 record behind New Salem-Glen Ullin who is undefeated in Region play with a 4-0 record. The Night Hawks finish the regular season with away games at Mott-Regent on Sept. 30 and at New Salem on Oct. 7.