The Mott-Regent/New England football team came out breathing fire, opening their season with a 66-6 drubbing over the Tioga Pirates.
By Cole Benz
The new co-op’ed Wildfire hosted the Region 6 team in Mott on Friday, Aug. 18 to an enthusiastic crowd that featured an appearance of the New England Tiger fan bus.
“It went well,” said co-head coach Ron Benson.
It appeared early on that it was going to be a long night for the Pirates, who are fielding a young team this year that features zero senior athletes.
The first three scores came from speedster running back Josh Wallace, who put in the end zone on runs of 38, 19, and two yards.
Wallace would end his night with a game high 133 yards on seven carries with four touchdowns. Wallace would also throw for another score—his only pass on the night—a 28-yard pass to Cody Perkins.
The longest score came on a Gabe Sorenson run, who carried the ball for a 78-yard score. Sorenson would finish the night second in rushing yards with that one carry.
Hunter Crist would also add to the score for the Wildfire on a 30-yard run. He would eventually run the ball three times for 53 yards.
Sam Huether, Jaxon Hewson, Jake Wolf, and Isaac Frey all combined to carry the ball 14 times for a total of 41 yards.
By halftime, the Wildfire had a 66-0 lead, which gave the coaching staff an opportunity to get some young players some time on the field.
“Overall for the kids that hadn’t played football at all…got some good experience,” Benson said.
The Pirates would get on the scoreboard in the third quarter, with a 90-yard kick off return by Cameron Taylor. The Pirates would accumulate 230 yards from kickoff returns this game.
Benson said that he is going to be interested to see how the Wildfire perform next week, when they face regional foe New Salem. Benson told The Herald that you usually see the most improvement from the first game to the second game.
“We’ll see if we can see some improvement,” he said.
But as for how the two schools are melding together? Benson said team chemistry is flowing unobstructed.
“It’s excellent,” Benson said. “It’s really good, I just love these guys.”
The Wildfire will travel as a new co-op for the first time on Friday, Aug. 25 as they face against New Salem/Almont at 7 p.m.
M/R-NE – 34 32 0 0 – 66
Tioga – 0 0 6 0 – 6