By Tim Huether
Photos by Kernit Grimshaw
The Bennett County Warriors football team bounced back from a week one loss to Lead-Deadwood to post an impressive shutout win over Todd County, 34-0 last Friday night in Mission.
The Warriors played solid defense the entire game, forcing seven turnovers; four by fumbles and three by interceptions.
The game started out with both teams forcing punts. After the Warriors defense forced another punt, they had excellent field position at the 48 of the Falcons. Following a pair of good runs by freshman Mason Heath and a run of nine yards by Ty Allen to the 10 yard line, penalties pushed the Warriors back to the 27. Heath made a great run, starting around the left side and cutting back to the right for the first score of the game on a 27 yard touchdown run at 3:37 to play in the first quarter. A pitch pass for conversion failed, making it 6-0.
Todd County started their next possession at their own 44, but fumbled to the Warriors on the first play at the 47, setting up Bennett County with good field position again.
Warrior quarterback Weston Ireland took charge with runs of 14 and 11 yards and a pass of nine yards to Ace Hahn. He then finished the drive with a three yard touchdown run with :40 to go in the first quarter. Ireland fired a pass to Chuckie Cottier for the two point conversion, making it a 14-0 Warrior lead.
(See p. 5, 9-4-2019 edition for full text)
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