Wildfire returning to Hettinger for quarterfinals of 9-Man Playoffs after win over Divide County

The Wildfire seem to be hitting their stride at just the right time. After a 44 point victory over Drake-Anamoose on October 17, Mott-Regent continued their hot streak with a 46-8 win over Divide County on Saturday.

Junior Brady Wegh goes up for the ball against Divide County. The Wildfire beat the Maroons to advance to the quarterfinals (Photo by Don Anderson)
Junior Brady Wegh goes up for
the ball against Divide County. The Wildfire beat the Maroons to advance to the quarterfinals (Photo by Don Anderson)

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

Wildfire returning to Hettinger for quarterfinals of 9-Man Playoffs after win over Divide County

The Wildfire seem to be hitting their stride at just the right time. After a 44 point victory over Drake-Anamoose on October 17, Mott-Regent continued their hot streak with a 46-8 win over Divide County on Saturday.

Head Coach Ron Benson said he was pleased with his squad. They followed their scouting report on Divide County, and played stout defense on the front line. The team also utilized their speed, and that combination was too much for the Maroons.
“The defense came up big, that was the main thing, trying to slow them down up front,” Benson said. “I think our kids did a good job coming up and taking on the blocks, and stifling them that way.”

This game was played mostly on the ground, the team only had to throw four times during the entire game.

In his second game back from injury, junior Brady Wegh recorded 156 yards rushing on five carries and scored two touchdowns.

Sophomore Josh Wallace tallied 125 yards rushing on 12 carries and crossed the goal line three times.

The offense was very efficient, according to Benson, his team only ran 26 plays.

Though this contest featured a dominant run game, Wegh hooked up with senior Brett Messmer on a 52-yard pass for the first score of the game. Wallace would successfully convert the 2-point play.

On the next scoring play, Wegh scorched the Divide County defense for a 73-yard touchdown run, with Wallace running for the 2-point conversion.

Wallace would score the next two touchdowns, on runs of 12, and three yards. He would take it himself both times for the 2-point conversions.

Wegh struck again with another big gain of 58 yards for the fifth Wildfire score of the game, the 2-point play would fail.

Wallace got into the end zone for a third and final time on an 18-yard run, with senior Carter Honeyman catching a pass from Wegh for the 2-point conversion.

The Maroons finally got into the end zone in the fourth quarter. Sophomore Aiden Eriksmoen had a 1-yard run for the score, with sophomore Taylor Landsverk running for the 2-point conversion.

The defense could not slow the speed of the Wildfire, which

“They (Divide County) had no answer for our quickness,” Benson said.

Mott-Regent’s defense is also getting back to full strength. Wegh makes a big impact with his legs on offense, but he also plays a big part of the defensive scheme as a defensive back. Also getting back to full strength is senior Chance Roth, who also plays with Wegh at defensive back.

In the last two games the Wildfire have averaged 45 points, but now they’ll face a familiar foe who just put up a 40 point game of their own.

The Night Hawks defeated St. John 43-24 to force a rematch between two Region 5 teams.

In that game, Bensons said they threw ball enough but didn’t connect very well. It was the first game with Wegh out of the staring lineup. With Wallace behind center Benson thought he may have been playing a little tight, though he said that he has improved since.

The main thing the Wildfire will need to figure out against Hettinger/Scranton is how they will slow them down.

“We’re not going to shut this team out, we’ve got to play disciplined defense,” Benson said.

Focusing on Hettinger/Scranton’s three running backs will be key for Benson’s team, and he also recognizes that they have improved in their passing attack which will add a different dimension in how their defense will prepare for them. Keeping the mistakes to a minimum will be key for success.

“We have to make sure that we’re in the right spot, and even then it could be tough,” Benson said. “We need to try to slow them down the best we can.”

In last week’s game against Divde County, Messmer led the team with 52 yards receiving.

Ericksmoen led the Maroons in rushing with 109 yards, followed by Ladsverk with 50. Ericksmoen went 4 for 7 with 14 yards passing. All 14 passing yards went to sophomore Noah Lorentz. Lorentz led the Maroons in receiving.

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