Warriors pounded by St. Thomas More, 52-0

By Tim Huether

The Bennett County Warriors  took on the perennial powerhouse St. Thomas More Cavaliers last Friday in High School football and came up on the short end of a 52-0 pounding.

The Warriors moved the ball on offense in the opening series of the game, but were forced to punt near midfield. The punt was blocked and More advanced it to the 32 of the Warriors. Soon after, they scored on a five yard run and the kick after made it quickly 7-0.

On the next Warrior possession, they again took the ball to mid-field, but were forced to punt, and again, the punt was blocked and the Cavs took over at the 35 yard line of Bennett County.

Former Bennett County athlete Newt Johnson scored for the Cavs on a reception from 14 yards out and a missed kick made it 13-0.

More would score again with 37 seconds to play in the opening quarter on a 26 yard pass play to go up 19-0 after the failed kick.

Bennett County moved to the 27 of More on a 27 yard pass play from Sam Ireland to Jeremy Huether, but the Warriors drive stalled and More took over from the 27.

More would score again in the second, then the Warriors had a miscommunication on a punt and the Warriors gave More the ball on their 14 yard line.
The Warrior defense held and the Cavs tried a field goal and missed, but Bennett County had a roughing the kicker penalty on the play. The Cavs made them pay by scoring another touchdown on nine yard pass play to make it 33-0 after the kick with 6:29 to play in the half.

The Cavs would add a 32 yard field goal for the final scoring of the first half, handing More a 36-0 lead.

The Cavs wasted little time in the second half, taking the opening kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown and the kick after made it 43-0.

More would score again to open the fourth quarter and the missed kick made it 49-0.

With 8:47 to play, the Cavs kicked a 30 yard field goal to end the game at 53-0.

Bennett County has a bye week and will next play Little Wound on Thursday in Kyle with a 1 p.m. start time. The Warriors could end up as high as a number two seed if everything falls right, including winning against Little Wound.

St. Thomas More will likely be the top seed in the region with Custer, Hill City and Bennett County all battling for position below them.

Game Stats: Rushing: Brad Hahn 14 carries, 38 yards; Sam Ireland 9 caries, 9 yards; Lattrel Terkildsen 1 carry, 1 yard; Joe Merrival 4 carries, -19 yards; Tate Petrak 2 carries, 0 yards.

Passing: Joe Merrival 4 of 9, 25 yards; Sam Ireland 1 of 5, 27 yards; Lattrel Terkildsen 0 for 1.

Receiving: Jeremy Huether 1 reception, 27 yards; Wade Porch 1 reception, 11 yards; Brad Hahn 2 receptions, 8 yards; Sam Ireland 1 reception, 6 yards.

Tackles: Sam Ireland 4 solo, 3 assisted, 1 sack; Brandon Blanco 1 solo, 6 assisted; Keith Hodson 4 assisted; Lane Saxton 4 assisted; Brady Hicks 3 assisted; Jeremy Huether 1 solo, 2 assisted; Chandler Bakley 3 assisted; Wade Porch 1 solo, 1 assisted, 1 forced fumble; Lattrel Terkildsen 1 solo, 1 assisted; Brad Hahn 2 assisted; Layne Sharp 1 solo; Sawyer Rous 1 assisted; Dustin Hicks 1 solo, 1 assisted; Tate Petrak 1 solo, 1 assisted; Race Christensen 1 assisted; Gassem Belhage 1 solo, 1 assisted.

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