Wildfire finish season with win: Mott-Regent set to play Drake-Anamoose in first round

The Wildfire finished the season on a high note. After falling to the Hettinger/Scranton Night Hawks 46-30 on October 2, the Wildfire came away with a victory at Bowman County last Friday.

A Wildfire defender goes after Bowman County. (PHOTO BY JASON WASKIEWICZ | For The Herald)
A Wildfire defender goes after Bowman County.
(PHOTO BY JASON WASKIEWICZ | For The Herald)

By COLE BENZ | Herald Editor | cbenz@countrymedia.net

The Wildfire finished the season on a high note. After falling to the Hettinger/Scranton Night Hawks 46-30 on October 2, the Wildfire came away with a victory at Bowman County last Friday.

The win gave them a final record of 5-2 with a regional record of 5-1.

Mott-Regent opened up the scoring in the first quarter with a 1-yard run sophomore Josh Wallace. The 2-point conversion run failed and the Wildfire were left with a 6-0 lead.

The Wildfire scored again in the second quarter on a 45-yard bomb to senior tight end Brett Messmer from Wallace. Wallace carried it himself for the 2-point conversion score that put them up 14-0.

The Bulldogs got on the board with a 32-yard touchdown run by sophomore Dylan Scott. Sophomore Tristan Peterson ran it across the goal line for a 2-point score, getting Bowman within six.

The two teams would match scoring in the third quarter, as each squad put up 14 points. Messmer scored on 2 and 3-yard runs, with Wallace putting the ball across the line for one 2-point conversion.

Scott had a 12-yard run and Peterson had a 1-yard run for Bowman County. Peterson also had a converted 2-point try after Scott’s touchdown, but the first score by the Wildfire in the first proved to be the difference maker. Mott-Regent won 28-22.

Wallace finished the game 12 for 16 with 189 yards passing and one touchdown. Messmer threw it once for 44 yards. Messmer also had 102 receiving yards and one score. Wallace caught one pass for 41 yards, Carter Honeyman added 34 yards on three receptions, Hunter Crist caught two passes for 28 yards and Aaron Roth caught 2 passes for 25 yards.

Wallace ran the ball 42 times for 213 yards and one score. Messmer added 13 yards and two touchdowns on five carries.

With the win the Wildfire needed New Salem to beat the Hettinger/Scranton if they hoped to earn a first-round bye in the playoffs, but the Night Hawks beat the Holsteins 28-14 and finished the regular season with the same record, and the Night Hawks had the tie breaker.

Mott-Regent will face the No. 4 team from Region 4 Drake-Anamoose on October 17 at home. The game will start at 1:30 p.m.

Drake-Anamoose is roughly one hour south east of Minot. The Raiders are coached by Ethan Brooks and assisted by Logan McAllister.

With an overall record of 3-8, the Raiders finished as the fourth team in their region. The Raiders’ biggest win of the season came against Surrey High School. In that game the Raiders crushed the Mustangs 46-14. Their worst loss came against Richardton-Taylor-Hebron. Drake-Anamoose lost 57-0.

The three other teams from Region 5 inlcude Hettinger/Scranton, Richardton-Taylor-Hebron, and New Salem-Glen Ullin.

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