By Tim Huether
Bennett County wrapped up Homecoming week with a 33-8 pounding of the Little Wound Mustangs last Friday night in Martin in front of a large crowd.
The Warriors capitalized on Mustang miscues all night and scored the first points of the game on a defensive score. Little Wound went into a shotgun formation and the snapped ball sailed over the quarterback’s head and into the end zone, where DeAndre Cottier pounced on it for a Warrior touchdown with 7:17 to go in the first quarter. The kick after was no good.
Little Wound would battle right back, marching down the field and scoring on a 27 yard passing play from Tyrone Pourier to Dawson Gourd. Pourier’s pass to Sayvon Mesteth for the conversion made it 8-6 in favor of Little Wound.
After that, it was all Bennett County as they shut down the Mustangs while putting up the game’s final 27 points.
Shawn Saxton fired a perfect pass from 17 yards out to Les Cuny with 4:57 to play in the first quarter for a Warrior touchdown. Brendan Kamerzell’s kick made it 13-8.
With 29 second to go in the first, Saxton passed to the corner of the end zone and Elwood Cuny made a nice leaping grab for another Warrior touchdown. The Kamerzell kick made it 20-8.
Kamerzell scored on a one yard run to open the second half scoring for Bennett County. The kick after was no good, making it 26-8.
Tee Allen would find the end zone for a score late in the third, but a penalty nullified the score. The Warriors would then get intercepted in the end zone to stall the drive.
The Warriors defense stepped up, pushing the Mustangs back to the goal line, followed by a Tyler Byrne punt block in the end zone that was recovered by James Nelson for a touchdown. Kamerzell’s kick made it 33-8, the final score of the game.
Several players had big games for the Warriors, with much of that reflected in the stats, but Tyler Byrne earned player of the week with his big plays on defense once again. Tyler blocked two kicks, one recovered by the Warriors in the end zone for a score, and he pressured the quarterback all night long.
“This weeks win was the result of a solid week of practice, remarked head coach Tucker Risse. “We conditioned more, went over fundamentals more extensively, and “hustled” during practice. The expectation we have for our players continues to increase. They need to continue to focus and work hard so we can have more Friday Nights like this. However, the atmosphere of the crowd played a positive role. The atmosphere was encouraging and proactive in keeping our kids up.”
“With the combination of our defense getting six turnovers and scoring two touchdowns, and our offensive line getting up to the ball faster, it open up our play book, the combination of purposeful runs and passes kept us rolling,” added Risse. “The kids played well and I am pleased. However, we look to tidy things up and have a focused and productive week of practice. I look forward to another great night next Friday from the fans and the players.”
Game stats: Offense: Rushing: Daniel Winsand 1 carry, 3 yards; Jared Harris 5 carries, 24 yards; Tee Allen 29 carries, 165 yards; Shawn Saxton 3 carries, 6 yards; Isaiah Johnson 1 carry, -1 yard; Brendan Kamerzell 13 carries, 29 yards.
Passing: Shawn Saxon 5 of 9 passing, 72 yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 interception. Isaiah Johnson 0 for 1 passing.
Receiving: Elwood Cuny 3 receptions, 35 yards, 1 touchdown; Les Cuny 1 reception, 17 yards, 1 touchdown; Elliot DuBray 1 reception, 20 yards.
Defense: Tee Allen 1 solo, 2 assisted tackles; Adam Hahn 5 assisted tackles; Isaiah Johnson 1 assisted tackle, 1 pass deflection, 1 interception; Elliot DuBray 4 solo, 2 assisted tackles, 1 fumble recovery, 1 interception; Brendan Kamerzell 1 solo, 2 assisted tackles; Les Cuny 5 assisted tackles; Tyler Byrne 2 solo, 5 assisted tackles, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble, 2 blocked kicks; Will Risse 1 solo, 4 assisted tackles, 1 fumble recovery; DeAndre Cottier 1 fumble recovery for a touch down; Antwaan Cottier 1 assisted tackle; Shane Boomer 1 solo tackle; Seth Livermont 6 solo, 1 assisted tackle, 1 pass deflection; Daniel Winsand 1 solo, 1 assisted tackle; Shakoya Claussen 1 assisted tackle; Weston Ireland 3 solo, 1 assisted tackle, 1 sack; James Nelson 1 recovery of blocked kick for a touchdown, 1 pass deflection; Anthony Waters 1 solo tackle.
The Warriors host Custer this Friday with kickoff set for 6:30 p.m.