SCRANTON ~ With two weeks remaining in the regular season, the Night Hawks are only playing for pride at this point.
By EDDIE HIBBS III
Pioneer Publisher & Editor
Posted on October 5, 2012
Trenton-Trinity Christian handed Hettinger-Scranton its fifth straight loss Friday night, 46-12. The Night Hawks opened the season with back-to-back wins.
In other 9-man, Region 4 contests, Beach crushed Center-Stanton 44-12, Central McLean defeated Parshall-White Shield 30-6, Divide County rolled Shiloh Christian 46-25 and Mott-Regent whipped Bowman County 50-20.
The first quarter between the Tigers and the Night Hawks featured a miscues by both offenses. Trenton-Trinity Christian received the opening kickoff, and moved the ball from their own 35 to the Night Hawk 13-yard line where the Tigers faced a fourth-and-three.
The Night Hawk defense forced a fumble, but Hettinger-Scranton returned the favor three plays later, giving Trenton-Trinity Christian the ball just 26 yards from the goal line.
Five plays later, senior Trenton Hove scored the first of his five touchdowns with 6:59 remaining in the first.
The Tiger celebration was short lived as Hettinger-Scranton sophomore Kye Erickson returned the ensuing kickoff 82 yards to tie the game at six with 6:46 left in the first.
Both teams added touchdowns before the quarter ended. Hove tallied TD No. 2 with a 24-yard run with 2:27 to go. Erickson would reach the end zone on the final play of the quarter on a four-yard sprint and the game was tied at 12.
Unfortunately for the Night Hawk faithful, that was the end of the scoring for the Bulldogs. Hove added a one-yard run in the second quarter while Walker Lindemann added a 13-yard jaunt to give the Tigers a comfortable 26-12 lead at the break. Hove would add a 35-yard TD run for the only score of the third quarter and tallied a 73-yard sprint to pay dirt for the first score of the fourth quarter. The Tigers added a 17-yard TD strike from Michael Rademacher to Anthony Ell to end the scoring.
Hove finished the game with 278 rushing yards. Erickson led the Night Hawk rushing attack with 112 yards on 16 carries while freshmen Tanner Sanford added 71 yards on 12 hauls.
Night Hawk freshman signal caller Hayden Sadowsky completed 8-of-16 passes for 126 yards, but was intercepted twice. Senior Stephen Kristy led the receiving corps with four catches for 91 yards.
The Night Hawks (2-5) travel to Underwood this week to face Central McLean. Hettinger-Scranton closes the regular season Oct. 12 at home against Shiloh Christian.
Marshall Nunberg had a hand in four touchdowns, including two first quarter TD runs to pace the Buccaneer attack.
Nunberg scored the game’s first points with a five-yard sprint. After he tossed a 36-yard scoring strike to Danny Skoglund, Nunberg added a 20-yard sprint to pay dirt to give Beach an 18-0 lead in the first quarter.
After a 36-yard from Logan Staigle to Daniel Henke in the second quarter for Center-Stanton’s first score, Skoglund added two more touchdowns before halftime with a 67-yard pass from Nunberg and a 20-yard run.
DIVIDE COUNTY 46,
SHILOH CHRISTIAN 25
In a match up of the league’s only undefeated squads, Divide County took sole possession in the league standings.
Lance Knudson rushed for 292 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He also tossed a 14-yard TD pass to Bennett Lystad.