Mott-Regent Wildfire offense burns Parshall

During the past week, dry conditions led to a number of blazes in the region.

By Eddie Hibbs III

Pioneer Publisher & Editor

During the past week, dry conditions led to a number of blazes in the region. The Mott-Regent offense was just as hot, scoring on each of its first two snaps en route to a 48-20 win against Parshall as part of the Badlands Activities Center 9-man Jamboree Saturday morning.

For head coach Ron Benson, it was a welcome relief after his squad escaped with a 36-30 win against Center-Stanton in the season opener.

“I think you’ll always see a lot of improvement from the first game to the second game, and that’s just what happened,” Benson said.

Improvement? Indeed.

After holding Parshall without a first down on the game’s first possession, the Wildfire offense stepped on the field, but not for long. On the first and only play of the drive, senior Jacob Greff raced 23 yards to paydirt. The two-point conversion failed and the Wildfire led 6-0 with 8:52 left in the first frame.

Parshall’s second possession didn’t go anywhere – at least not forward. Facing a 3rd-down-and-25 at its own 1-yard line, the Braves were forced to punt. Mott-Regent’s second possession started just 24 yards away from the goal line. Similar to the first offensive snap, senior Logan Haberstroh took the handoff and scampered 24 yards for the score. Greff ran the conversion and the Wildfire led 14-0 with 6:35 left in the first quarter and the offense being on the field for only two plays.

The Wildfire defense continued to hold the Braves without a first down. Mott-Regent’s next possession started at the Parshall 43-yard line. This time, the Wildfire needed five plays to move the pigskin into the end zone, but through the air as Tyler Zentner caught a 17-yard TD strike from Taylor Zentner. Haberstroh ran the conversion and the Wildfire led 22-0 with 3:16 remaining in the first quarter.

The Wildfire would add two more scores in the second stanza – a 10-yard run by Greff at 7:08 and a 44-yard hookup between the Zentners on the half’s final play.

At halftime, Mott-Regent had 259 total yards of offense to only 28 for Parshall.

Mott-Regent would build a 48-0 advantage. Taylor Zentner found Noah Blickensderfer for a 4-yard strike in the third and Tyler Zentner returned an interception 57 yards for the team’s final score.

Parshall scored the game’s final three touchdowns. The first score was a 47-yard run by sophomore Justin Roberts with 66 seconds left in the third. The other two scores were in the final quarter. Monte Good Bird tallied a 7-yard run while Jade Moran scored on a 31-yard run. Moran finished with 136 yards rushing on 17 carries.

“Our defense was just non-existent today,” Parshall head coach Mark Grueniech said. “Mott did whatever they wanted to. That’s disappointing.”

The Wildfire were glad to get the “show going” after Tuesday’s 36-30 win against Center-Stanton.

“Tuesday was not one of our greatest games,” Taylor Zentner said. “Our offensive line did much better today. Today, we came together a lot better. We’re making progress.”

Tyler Zentner finished the game with three touchdowns – two receptions on passes from his brother and the interception return. Greff scored twice and led the team with 70 yards rushing.

“We were ready for this game,” Greff said. “We came out, we were excited. We were hitting 100 percent, we were running 100 percent and it was just a fun game.”

The Wildfire travel to Underwood this week for a game against Central McLean. The Cougars (1-1) defeated Beach 24-6 in Jamboree action Saturday.

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