Warriors playoff run starts Tuesday

By Tim Huether

Bennett County secured a third seed in the 11A football playoffs by blowing by Little Wound 50-0 Oct. 18, with winds gusting around 45 miles an hour in Kyle.

The wind took the sails out of both team’s passing attack, but the Warriors pounded the ball on the ground and forced the Mustangs into several turnovers on their way to the win in the regular season finale for both teams.

The Warriors face Custer Tuesday evening, in Custer, in a rematch of the second game of the year, won by the Wildcats, 26-7. The Warriors played well in the first half of that game, leading 7-0, but an interception returned for a touchdown, and a touchdown following an on side kick put Custer back in control in that game as they took a 13-7 lead at the half.

Look for a close game again early on and the team that makes the least mistakes may well advance.

Against the Mustangs, the Warriors kicked off to start the game, taking the wind to their back. Senior Cody Larson, just back off the injured list, intercepted a Mustang pass near mid-field and took it to the 39 yard line of the Mustangs.

With 6:28 to play in the first quarter, Brad Hahn scored on a four yard run to start the scoring blitz for the Warriors. Wade Porch booted the extra point through for a 7-0 score.

Little Wound was facing a fourth and 14 but because the wind made it impossible to punt into, they went for it and did not make it. Bennett County took over at the Little Wound 39 again.

Brad Hahn scored from three yards out yards out on a run up the middle with 2:46 to go in the first and Wade Porch tacked on the extra point again for a 14-0 lead.

After another Cody Larson interception around the 29, the Warriors moved quickly and Brad Hahn scored from two yards out with 2:27 to play in the half. Hahn was stopped short on the run for conversion, leaving the score 20-0, and that would be the scored at the break.

In the third, Little Wound took the ball and Bennett County took the wind to start the second half, and the wind was a big factor, as Bennett County kept the ball on the Little Wound side of the field the entire quarter, racking up 22 points.

Brandon Blanco put six points on the board on a two yard run, following the defensive stop of the Warriors that set them up with excellent field position.

Wade Porch made it 27-0 with his kick after.

Little Wound again went for it on fourth down and did not make it and the Warriors took over on their 24 yard line.

The Warriors struck fast on a  24 yard Blanco run with 4:09 to play in the third. Porch’s kick made it 34-0.

On the next Little Wound possession, Larson made his third interception of the game, setting up the Warriors offense at the 18 yard line of the Mustangs.

Brad Hahn scored from two yards out and a Merrival pass to Wade Porch for the conversion made it 42-0 with just over two minutes to play in the third.

With the reserves in, Sam Ireland took over at quarterback and drove to the game ending score with Ireland running it in from short distance and then running it in for the two point conversion to end the game by the 50 point mercy rule.

Bennett County ended the regular season at 4-4 and travel to Custer Tuesday, Oct. 23, to play the Wildcats in round one of the playoffs with a 6:30 p.m. kickoff.

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