The Hettinger-Scranton Night Hawks opened the 2017 football season with an impressive 51-6 win over the Lemmon Cowboys on Aug. 18. With the victory the Night Hawks retained the Wooden Nickel. From 2011 through 2014, these two old rivalries did not play due to the region the Night Hawks were in, they had no room for a non-region game. When they resumed playing each other in 2015 the two schools decided to have a traveling trophy to play for, hence, the Wooden Nickel. Lemmon won the first battle in 2015 but the Night Hawks brought it back last season.
By SHELDON CHRISTENSON
For The Pioneer
The Night Hawks struck first when junior quarterback Jaxson Mellmer found Isaiah Kludt wide open for a 58-yard touchdown pass. Lemmon came back to tie the score when Jordan Maier connected with Braydon Peterson for a score.
The Cowboys would not score again.
On the ensuing Lemmon kickoff, Kyle Burwick caught the ball and headed for the sidelines and then handed off to Kludt who would take off for the other sidelines going all way for a touchdown. The Night Hawks would score six more times with Kludt leading the way with five touchdowns, Jacob Dix had two and Jeran Anderson added one. Mellmer went 10 for 11 in the passing game for 293 yards and three touchdown passes. Leading the Night Hawk defense was Dix, Anderson and Mellmer.
Lemmon came into the game with 27 players on their roster including eight seniors. Eleven of their players hit the scales for 210 lbs or better with one topping out at 306. Peterson, their fullback and main rusher weighs 255.
Converting on extra points is still a work in progress for the Night Hawks as they failed to convert on their first six scoress. On the last two touchdowns they converted with a quarterback sneak and kicked the extra point on the final score.
The Night Hawks take on Central McLean on Aug. 25. They opened their season with a 58-22 win over Drake-Anamoose.
The Night Hawk junior varsity was also victorious over Lemmon on Aug. 21, but the game was a lot closer than the varsity game. The first quarter went scoreless and in the second quarter both teams got on the scoreboard. The Night Hawks struck first with a 12-yard scoring pass from Jeran Anderson to Ty Warbis. A 45-yard touchdown pass from Cowboy Cody Thompson to Peyton Anderson tied the score at six apiece. In the third quarter the Cowboys took the lead when Max Mollman ran in from two yards out to put them up 12-6.
It looked like that lead would hold until with under two minutes left Anderson found Bo Wilson in the corner of the end zone for a game tying score. Anderson ran in for the two-point conversion to give the Night Hawks a 14-12 lead. But the Cowboys were not done as they got inside the Night Hawk 30-yard line, but their drive stalled. A big defensive play by Night Hawk Corey Christopherson was on a third down play when he batted down a pass. The Cowboys could not gain anything on their fourth down and the Night Hawks took a knee to run out the clock.