By Tim Huether
The Bennett County Warriors football team rallied late for a dramatic 18-12 win over the visiting Little Wound Mustangs on with senior Tee Allen sparking both the offense and defense for three scores.
Allen tied the game at six on a run, then tied it again later at 12 on an interception return for a touchdown, then scored the winning touchdown on a 32 yard scamper, to earn Player of the Game for the host Warriors.
Little Wound took their first drive of the game, using a third and thirty five pass play for 52 yards that placed them at the 12 yard line, to set them up with excellent field position. Bennett County’s DeAndre Cottier recovered a Mustang fumble, slamming the door on the drive.
The Warriors were forced to punt and a mishandled snap resulted in the Mustangs taking over at the Warrior five yard line with 3:03 to play in the first quarter.
The Mustangs Mankato LeBeaux ran it in for a touchdown from two yards out with 2:14 to play in the opening quarter. The kick after was no good making it 6-0.
After a Warrior punt, Little Wound moved the ball to the one yard line, but Bennett County’s defense held them out and took over on downs around the 10 yard line with just over 10 minutes to play in the half.
After a bad Little Wound punt gave the Warriors the ball at the 15 yard line of the Mustangs, Bennett County’s Tee Allen scored on a two yard run for the Warriors with 1:38 to play in the half. The run for conversion failed making it a 6-6 game. That would be all the scoring in the first half.
Little Wound took the opening drive of the second half and marched down for a score with LeBeaux scoring from 11 yards out on a fourth and long play. The kick after was no good making it 12-6 with 7:47 to play in the third quarter.
With 3:23 to play in the third quarter, the Warriors Tee Allen intercepted a Mustang pass and returned it 57 yards for the game tying touchdown. The run after was no good, leaving the game tied at 12.
Little Wound threatened to score, moving to the Warrior 10 yard line, but the defense held again and took over on downs at the 19 with 5:36 to play in the game.
The Warriors moved the ball down field with a nice drive, finishing it off with a Tee Allen touchdown run of 32 yards with 1:13 to play in the game. The run for conversion failed, making it an 18-12 game.
The Mustangs didn’t go away without a valiant fight, taking the ball from their own 26 yard line and making some noise, but ran out of time and the Warriors escaped with a crowd pleasing 18-12 win.
Both teams played hard and exhibited outstanding sportsmanship, especially in a close played game.
Coach Tucker Risse’s comments:
“Friday night, the boys showed more fight than the week before,” said Risse. “We conditioned hard this last week and we look to continue to do so. We have a lot to work to do in every aspect of our team. It is hard to have live looks such as tackling, scrimmaging, or even go against a scout team in practice simply because of the number of players we have.”
Risse added, “Positive notes, in our back field Tee Allen, Jared Harris, and Tristan Richards have shown good things. Tee overall has stepped up and leads the offense with his attitude and athletic ability. Jared has shown that speed, quickness, and strength within his body makes him a hard guy to bring down. Tristan’s ability to read lanes as well as he does for his age, and to keep his feet moving, give us more options offensively. The offensive line as a whole is getting it together more and more, as things fall into place and communication becomes a priority. We have some experience on the offensive line which makes it easier to make adjustments as needed. Wide receivers are continuing to work on blocking and running good consistent routes. Defensively as a whole, Tee Allen had a huge pick six with the help of DeAndre Cottier getting through the line and hitting the QB as he threw the ball. Titan Soderlin set the tempo with a huge hit on the QB early in the game. Gabe Fanning and Tim Fanning also had some nice tackles after getting off the block. Strong and week safeties made multiple adjustments and played pretty aggressive in the open field as well as our corners. Weston Ireland led our team in tackles again and continues to show his ability to read the ball and attack the runner. Ty Allen has come a long ways from practice number one, making quite a few tackles and is always asking questions wanting to get better. Special teams did better this week as well, taking better angles to the football showing their improvements. We still need to get better at breaking down and making good tackles. However, we got the win, with to many penalties. We will continue to work hard and get better.”
Rushing: Tee Allen 18 for 109 yards, 2 touchdowns; Tristan Richards 10 for 47 yards; Isaiah Johnson 4 for 6 yards; Jared Harris 6 for 10 yards.
Passing: Tee Allen 0 for 5
Defense: Weston Ireland 5 solo, 5 assisted tackles; Isaiah Johnson 6 solo, 2 assisted tackles; DeAndre Cottier 3 solo, 4 assisted tackles, 1 fumble recovery; Ty Allen 1 solo, 6 assisted tackles; Titan Soderlin 1 solo, 3 assisted tackles; Chuckie Cottier 4 assisted tackles; Jared Harris 2 solo, 2 assisted tackles; Gabe Fanning 1 solo, 4 assisted tackles; Tee Allen 4 solo, 3 assisted tackles, 2 pass deflection, 1 interception returned for a 57 yard touchdown; Tim Fanning 1 solo, 1 assisted tackle; Elijah Johnson 1 assisted tackle; Sam Byrne 1 assisted tackle; Tristan Richards 1 assisted tackle; Henry Johnson 1 assisted tackle; Ace Hahn 1 assisted tackle.