By Brad Mosher
Bowman struck first in the title game of the Badlands Youth Football League playoffs.
But Hettinger-Scranton’s Micah Kilzner tied the game up with 4:33 left before halftime, making it 6-6 on the scoreboard at Reinkiller Field in Bowman Saturday.
Hettinger-Scranton added one more score from inside the two-yard line with 1:56 left on the clock to pull out a 14-6 after Gavin Parnow scored the two-point conversion.
Both teams entered the playoff with 4-1 records, but the title game win avenged a 34-24 loss to Bowman earlier in the season.
According to Bowman coach Michael Criswell, the poor weather conditions had an impact on both teams. “Both teams had trouble holding on to the ball. We had players that wanted to warm up their hands because they were so cold,” he explained.
Still, he praised the strong play of Jackson Fischer and Troy Brewer in the loss.
Killdeer 24, Baker 6
Killdeer jumped out to an early lead Saturday in the Badlands Youth Football League third-place game at the Bowman County High School campus.
They held on for an easy 24-6 victory.
Tucker Bohmbach started the scoring with a 25-yard run with 4:00 left in the first quarter. Bohmbach ran into the end zone for the conversion, giving Killdeer an 8-0 lead.
Killdeer added another two points less than two minutes later when Jackson Reese tackled the Baker quarterback in the end zone for a safety with 2:20 left.
Just before the half, Tommy Schmidt scored from inside the five-yard line to build a 16-0 lead.
After the second half started, Bohmbach broke free for a 65-yard score to make the lead 22-0 with 10:26 left in the third quarter.
Michael Dukart added the two point conversion, closing out the Killdeer scoring in the game.
Trevin Lecoe scored the only Baker score late in the second half.
According to assistant coach Clay Bohmbach, the long scoring run by Tucker Bohmbach was set up by a big block by Jace Handy.
Killdeer entered the third-place game after finishing in a three-way tie with Hettinger-Scranton and Bowman – all with 4-1 records. Killdeer was dropped to the third-place game in the playoff by a tiebreaker system.
Bohmbach praised the team’s head coach, Nick Dukart, as well as fellow assistants Jeff Fair, Tony Dukart. He also said the assistance from volunteers Ryan Binek, Kory Carlson and David Dukart also helped with the team’s success.
Heart River 22, New England 6
Two 1-4 teams faced off in the fifth-place Badlands Youth Football League playoff game in Bowman Saturday.
But a shorthanded New England squad wasn’t able to handle both the weather and a Heart River team which jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first quarter.
Halfway through the second quarter, the Cougars scored again, taking a 14-0 lead.
In the second half, the Cougars got their final score on a reverse, making it a 22-0 lead.
In the fourth quarter, Blake Barsness broke a 74-yard touchdown run on a second and 15 play fr om the Heart River 26 yard line. The conversion failed.
The New England squad entered the game still shorthanded after losing starting quarterback Gage Madler earlier in the season.
According to head coach Taylor Kraenzel, the injury forced the team to shift players around and to try putting players in different positions.
“We had small players on the line,” he said, but they always were ready to play, even against bigger foes.
In addition, Kraenzel praised other players, including Mark Fitterer and Pierson Frieze.
The team will lose 10 sixth grade players, but he said he hopes to see strong improvement from the fourth-grade players which will return next season as fifth-graders.
“They got good experience this year,” Kraenzer added, noting that they got some playing time in fourth grade on fourth grade competition.