A late interception by Roth seals victory for Wildfire

After the Hettinger-Scranton, Wyndmere-Lidgerwood shootout in the opening game of the Bye Week Bowl at Shiloh, the Mott-Regent Wildfire faced off against a highly rated Region 1 team.

By SHELDON CHRISTENSON
For The Herald

After the Hettinger-Scranton, Wyndmere-Lidgerwood shootout in the opening game of the Bye Week Bowl at Shiloh, the Mott-Regent Wildfire faced off against a highly rated Region 1 team.  Hankinson is rated rated No. 1 by the ND Pigskin Preview and No. 2 by the coaches poll.

This game seemed a little lackluster after the opening game, but it turned into a nail-biter in the final quarter.  The Wildfire held a slim 14-6 lead at half time as senior quarterback Brady Wegh scored on a 3-yard run and junior Josh Wallace ran back an interception for a 59-yard score late in the second quarter.  But Mott-Regent shot themselves in the foot numerous times with penalties.  There were two long runs by Wallace that were returned for penalties. Braden Prochnow had the only touchdown for the Pirates in the first half on a 10-yard run.

Hankinson got within two during the third quarter as Hayden German scored from seven yards out.  Their point after try (PAT) failed and the score stood at 14-12 in Wildfires favor.

Hankinson scored first in the fourth quarter on a Mason Falk 13-yard run and they converted their two-point conversion to go up by six with only six minutes left in the game.  Mott-Regent proceeded to drive 59 yards on their next possession, with Wallace scoring on a 3-yard run.  The two-point conversion was good and the Wildfire held a 22-20 lead with only 57 seconds left.

But the Pirates were not finished, as they drove down the field and with eight seconds left, a Mason Falk pass in the end zone initially looked like a potential game winning touchdown.  But when Wildfire Aaron Roth stood up he was holding the ball for the interception and the Wildfire held on for the win.

Wallace finished with 161 rushing yards on 22 carries and Wegh had 94 yards on 22 carries.  Falk had 132 yards rushing for Hankinson on 21 attempts.

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