By Tim Huether
Bennett County ended their high school football season on a positive note with a resounding 52-0 win over St. Francis Indian School last Friday in St. Francis.
Warrior Senior Tee Allen finished off his high school career with another monster game, scoring five times rushing and rolling up 227 yards of rushing on 17 carries. Tee also had an interception on the defensive side of the ball.
Senior Isaiah Johnson had a solid game with four pass receptions for 39 yards and added three tackles on defense.
Bennett County scored right away on a 57-yard run by Tee Allen. Weston Ireland ran in the conversion for an 8-0 score. The Bennett County defense was stout, forcing a fumble in the endzone that was recovered by Henry Johnson for a touchdown with 1:02 to play in the first quarter. Jared Harris ran in the extra point to make it 16-0.
Allen ran for two more first half scores, striking from 29 yards out and 28 yards out. Tee ran in one of the conversions and his pass was incomplete on the other, making it a 30-0 score at the half.
In the second half, Tee scored on a three-yard run, followed by a Jared Harris run for conversion, then Allen scored from 39 yards out, followed by a Weston Ireland run for a 46-0 score after three quarters.
Senior Isaiah Johnson ended the game with his four-yard run with 7:39 to play, making it a 52-0 game that was stopped by the mercy rule.
“In the game Friday night we showed up as a team and did our job,” said head coach Tucker Risse. “I was proud of the kids and the effort they gave this season. We lose three great seniors this year and each one will be greatly missed. I expect each one of them to go on in life and make a positive impact wherever life takes them. Words can’t explain how much these three have impacted Warrior football and how Warrior football impacted them. Now we take the next step and get better. The weight room is open and there is plenty of time to join basketball or wrestling. Take advantage of this time and have fun. You don’t have to be the best to get out and play. Making a difference starts with you.”
Rushing: Weston Ireland 13 carries, 86 yards, 2 runs for conversion; Tee Allen 17 carries, 227 yards, 5 touchdowns, 1 run for conversion; Jared Harris 3 carries, 6 yards, 1 run for conversion; Tristan Richards 1 carry, 0 yards
Passing: Tee Allen 4 for 14, 54 yards
Receiving: Weston Ireland 1 for 13 yards; Isaiah Johnson 4 for 39 yards; Jared Harris 1 for 2 yards
Defense: Weston Ireland 3 solo, 3 assisted tackles; Ty Allen 4 assisted tackles; Tee Allen 1 solo, 1 assisted tackle, 1 forced fumble, 1 interception; Jared Harris 2 solo, 1 assisted tackles; Isaiah Johnson 3 assisted tackles; Tristan Richards 2 assisted tackles; Gabe Fanning 1 assisted tackle; Henry Johnson 1 solo, 2 assisted tackle, 1 fumble recovery for a touchdown; Titan Soderlin 3 assisted tackles; DeAndre Cottier 1 solo, 2 assisted tackles; Chuckie Cottier 1 assisted tackle; Sam Byrne 1 assisted tackle.
Bennett County finished the season with a 2-6 record and will fall out of the playoffs for the first time in many years.