Huskies squeeze past Buccaneers in narrow win
Mott-Regent/ New England defeats Beach 12-6 in defensive showdown
MOTT—It was a low-scoring, near shutout clash against the Mott-Regent/New England Huskies and the Beach Buccaneers Friday night in Mott. After four brutal quarters in the cold, the Huskies finished with the upper hand, 12-6.
The Huskies welcomed well over 3,000 spectators to the field, the largest turnout so far this season. Fans snuggled in blankets or watched the game from the warmth of their vehicles parked on top of a hill overlooking the field.
Both teams struggled with incomplete passes throughout the match up, but the Huskies were the first to score with a 17-yard touchdown run by senior quarter back Cole Manolovits. Both of the Huskies 2-point conversion attempts in the game were unsuccessful. After the first touchdown, the second and third quarters were scoreless as the Huskies and Buccaneers took turns punting the ball back and forth. Mott-Regent had the ball in the red zone at least three times but were unable to score on those possessions.
“Our offense was not hammering the ball like we normally do,” wide receiver Matthew Huether said. “Our defense really stepped up. We had some big plays by younger guys and I’m thankful for that.”
The biggest play of the night for Huether was a solo post-corner catch.
“The ball was coming and when I caught it, I felt really good about myself,” Huether said.
The Huskies are currently missing All-Region right guard Alex Doe who will be out for the remainder of the season with a broken ulna and radius in his arm. Doe’s absence forced the Huskies to shift around their offensive line entirely.
They racked up a hand-full of penalties, including multiple for holding and illegal formation but their dominance and power was consistent. The defensive line was hitting so hard that two different Beach players lost their helmets on plays.
It was an emotional win for Huskies head coach Nate Zachmann who is best friends with the Buccaneers offensive coordinator and played football for the Buccaneers in high school under coach Mike Zier who is still leading the Buccs.
“Those guys are tough,” Zachmann said. “They’re very disciplined defensively. We had a hard time getting anything to break but ended up managing the clock better in the end.”
Going into their next contest against Grant Co/Flasher, Zachmann says the Huskies have a lot to improve on.
“We need to take care of the ball better, be a bit more assignment sound and more physical on the line of scrimmage,” Zachmann said. “We need to finish drives.”
Hettinger County def. Beach 12-6
HC 6-0-0-6, BHS 0-0-0-6
Hettinger County: Cole Manolovits, QB, 2-10-33, 2 INT; Rhett Miller, RB, 18-138, 1 TD; Manolovits, OL, 12-59, 1 TD; Jaren Rafferty, RB, 1-16; Matthew Bock, DE, 1-8; Matthew Huether, WR, 1-25
Beach: Dane Farstveet, QB, 13-23-147, 1 TD, 2 INT; Farstveet, LB, 17-42; Elijah Holkup, LB 13-54; Justus Baker CB 3-39; Emery Noll, WR, 3-27; Sawyer Noll, RB, 2-46, 1 TD