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Wildfire open up passing game in win over Westhope-Newburg-Glenburn

WESTHOPE -- Mott-Regent quarterback McCahen Schweitzer and his receivers narrowly missed on numerous big plays in the first half of a 9-man state quarterfinal game Saturday against Westhope-Newburg-Glenburn.

WESTHOPE -- Mott-Regent quarterback McCahen Schweitzer and his receivers narrowly missed on numerous big plays in the first half of a 9-man state quarterfinal game Saturday against Westhope-Newburg-Glenburn.

Those plays were there in the second half, however, and a pair of touchdowns from Wildfire junior Chad Mosbrucker proved to be enough to defeat the Sioux, 20-8.

Mott-Regent, the No. 2 seed from Region 6, visits Wells County, the No. 1 seed from Region 4, next Saturday in the state semifinals.

Schweitzer threw for 160 yards on 16 of 29 passing in a game that was mostly a defensive battle.

The No. 4-ranked Wildfire (9-1) gained 264 yards and held Westhope-Newburg-Glenburn -- the No. 1 seed from Region 5 -- to 156 yards, 110 of which were on the ground.

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"Our defense came up big, and I didn't think that we could probably stop these guys because they're big," Mott-Regent head coach Ron Benson said. "We told the kids you've got to play disciplined defense, you've got to be in your gaps. ... Don't give nothing up on defense."

The first half nearly went by without a score, but with 1 minute, 46 seconds on the clock, Mosbrucker hauled in a 9-yard pass that Schweitzer lobbed to him in the back of the end zone to give the Wildfire a 6-0 lead.

The score remained that until late in the third quarter when Mott-Regent sophomore running back Logan Haberstroh scored on a 4-yard TD run with 4:41 remaining.

Haberstroh was part of the committee replacing Wildfire leading rusher Ethan Keller, who exited the game in the second quarter with an arm injury and did not return.

"It was nice to see other kids kind of pull together," Benson said. "They didn't hang their heads or nothing."

The Sioux did not respond well to Haberstroh's touchdown which, with the two-point conversion, put them in a 14-0 hole.

W-N-G freshman quarterback Hunter Braaten fumbled on the first play of the Sioux's drive, which Wildfire senior lineman Jesse Erickson recovered at Mott-Regent's 46-yard line.

The dagger came with 4:51 left in the game when Mosbrucker picked off a Braaten pass and took it 26 yards into the end zone.

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W-N-G (7-3) got on the board a little less than 2 minutes later on a 1-yard touchdown run by sophomore Karlie Hancock, but the score was too little, too late.

Hancock led the Sioux with 31 rushing yards on seven carries, while Braaten ran 12 times for 39 yards.

Brandon Brodehl, who powered the Sioux's offensive attack this season as their leading rusher, followed up last week's 196-yard game with 56 yards on 20 carries Saturday against the Wildfire defense.

For box score, see Scoreboard on Page B2.

Mott-Regent 0 6 8 6 -- 20

W-N-G 0 0 0 8 -- 8

MR-Chad Mosbrucker 9 pass from McCahen Schweitzer (Pass failed)

MR-Logan Haberstroh 4 run (Aaron Keller run)

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MR-Mosbrucker 26 interception return (Pass failed)

WNG-Karlie Hancock 1 run (Hancock pass from Hunter Braaten)

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING: MR, Ethan Keller 14-50, Aaron Keller 6-34. WNG, Brandon Bodehl 20-56, Hunter Braaten 12-39, Karlie Hancock 7-31.

PASSING: MR, McCahen Schweitzer 16-30-2 115. WNG, Braaten 3-13-1 15, Sam Zelinkski 1-1-0 23.

RECEIVING: MR, Jonah Honeyman 3-30, Chad Mosbrucker 3-27, Tanner Vesledahl 3-20, Aaron Keller 3-17, Ethan Keller 2-16. WNG, Kodie Hancock 2-26, Brodehl 1-7.

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