Hankinson downs Wildfire in opening football game

In what was called the “Bye Week Bowl” played at Shiloh, the Mott-Regent Wildfire lost their game to the Region 1 Hankinson Pirates, 36-24.  Hankinson finished in second place last year in Region 1 with a 6-2 record.

Junior Brett Messmer scampers downfield as his quarterback Brandon Wegh attempts a throw down field. The Wildfire lost 52-12 to the Buccaneers from Richardton/Taylor/Hebron.
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By SHELDON CHRISTENSON | For The Herald

In what was called the “Bye Week Bowl” played at Shiloh, the Mott-Regent Wildfire lost their game to the Region 1 Hankinson Pirates, 36-24.  Hankinson finished in second place last year in Region 1 with a 6-2 record.

The other two games had Hettinger-Scranton vs Wyndmere-Lidgerwood and Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter vs Kenmare-Bowbells-Burke Central.

Game weather conditions were windy, sporadic rain and 50 degree temperature.

The game went back forth as they traded touchdowns with each team hitting pay dirt in each quarter.

Quarterback Brady Wegh valiantly kept Mott-Regent in the game with his passing, running, returning punts and punting.

But without speedy Josh Wallace, their overall running game was not as it could have been.  He was on the sidelines in jeans and obviously was out with an injury.

Wallace is the guy that knocked the Hettinger-Scranton Nighthawks out of the playoffs last year as he ran for 274 yards and three touchdowns in their 40-36 win.

He was only a freshman at the time.

One of the strangest touchdowns was the first one of the game as Mott-Regent’s Brett Messmer ripped the football from a Hankinson runner deep in Wildfire territory and returned it for an 88 yard touchdown.

But Hankinson’s Nick Mauch returned the ensuing kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown and went up 8-6 after converting on the 2-point conversion.  Messmer also scored on a 7-yard pass from Weigh in the third quarter.

The Pirates sophomore quarterback Mason Falk was just too much for the Wildfire as he ran for 76 yards and passed for another 84.

Weigh ran for 44 yards and passed for 110.

Total rushing and passing yardage also went the Pirates way as they accumulated 342 and the Wildfire had 259.

Mott-Regent opens their Region 5 schedule with a home game against Beach on August 28. Beach was victorious over Ray in last week’s opening game by downing Ray 54-20.

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