Wildfire rally falls just short, 24-20

The Mott-Regent/New England football team dropped a narrow 24-20 decision Friday in Scranton to the Hettinger/Scranton squad, falling to 0-3 in 9-man Region 5 play.

Brad Mosher

Overall, the team is 1-4 with a 36-0 win over Tioga in the season opener.

The Wildfire  followed the win with losses to New Salem/Glen Ullin (62-12), Shiloh Christian (40-12) and Richardton-Taylor-Hebron (40-12) – all three teams with undefeated records.

New Salem/Glen Ullin and Shiloh Christian are ranked second and third in the state among the 9-man squads.

The Wildfire will host Beach Friday at 7 p.m. at the Mott Country Club. The Bucanners are 1-3 in regional play, with a narrow 28-26 over Hettinger-Scranton as the team’s only victory.

First win

It was the first win of the season for Hettinger-Scranton.

Hettinger-Scranton opened the scoring in the second quarter with a 17-yard pass to from quarterback Jeran Anderson to Jacob Dix, Anderson hit Kyle Burwick for the two-point conversion and an 8-0 halftime lead.

In the third quarter, Hettinger-Scranton scored again on a 10-yard run and added a two-point conversion to build a 16-0 lead.

Wildfire rallies

Mott-Regent/New England came back with two touchdowns in the third quarter, the first on a one-yard run by sophomore Sam Huether. Cody Perkins picked up the two-point conversion, cutting the Hettinger-Scranton lead to 16-8.

The home team responded with another score on a 12-yard run by Anderson. Anderson also added the two point conversion to give the team a 24-8 lead.

The Wildfire scored again on an 18-yard run by Tate Norby, but the conversion failed, cutting the gap to 24-16.

In the fourth quarter, the Wildfire got the only score on a two-yard run by Isaac Frey, but the conversion and a chance to tie the game failed, leaving the score at 24-22.

Norby leads locals

Norby led the Wildfire on the ground, gaining 145 yards on 28 carries. He also scored once. Frey had 16 carries for 97 yards and one score, whiule Huether picked up 44 yards and a touchdown on nine carries.

Frey finished the game with eight completions in 14 attempts for 109 yards. He finished with twice the completions and more than double the yardage of Anderson, who finished with four completions in six attempts for 50 yards.

Perkins was the top receiver with six catches for 96 yards.

Kyle Burwick led the Hettinger-Scranton rushing attack with 208 yards on 18 carries, while Anderson added 95 yards on 15 carries.

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