Cougars haunt the Black Devils

10/16/08 (Thu)

Cougars haunt the Black Devils

Central McLean 7-0 in regular season


CMC 16 14 0 6 - 36

Hett 6 0 0 0 - 6

As chilly wet weather made its way back to western North Dakota, the Central McLean Cougars hosted the Hettinger Black Devils in Region 6 nine-man football action in Underwood last Friday night. The senior football players, cheerleaders, stats and their parents were recognized before the game.

After the seniors and their parents were thanked for their dedication and commitment to the Central McLean football program, the Black Devils of Hettinger kicked off to the Cougars. The Cougars scored their first touch down of the night at the 8:45 point of the first quarter when senior back Sam Hultberg rushed 33 yards to the right side to go up 6-0. Junior back Grant Singer dashed into the end zone for the two-point conversion and the Cougars led 8-0.

Hettinger answered with a touchdown of their own just minutes later when the Black Devil quarterback appeared to be sacked but was able to rush out of the pocket and get a pass off to one of his receivers. Hettinger completed the 68-yard touchdown pass but the two-point conversion was unsuccessful. The Cougars held on to the lead 8-6 with just over seven minutes left in the first quarter.

The Cougar defense stopped the next Black Devil series of downs at the 3:19 mark of the first quarter and senior quarterback Derek Isaak held on in a quarterback keeper and ran for nine yards. On the next play, a second and one situation, Singer seemed to hit a wall of Hettinger defenders but was able to bounce off that wall of Black Devils and dart 58 yards into the end zone for his first TD of the night. After the successful two-point conversion, a run by Singer, the Cougars were ahead 16-6 with 2:29 remaining in the first quarter.

In the second quarter the rain and the Black Devils threatened but, in a fourth and ten situation, one of the Hettinger receivers dropped a pass in the end zone. The Cougars took over on downs and in the ensuing possession, Singer ran 66 yards between his center and guard to raise the score 22-6. Quarterback Derek Isaak found junior Trevor Thomas in a 25-yard pass completion and then hooked up with senior Brandon Aldinger for a 24-yard touch down pass with 1:16 left in the half for a 30-6 Cougar lead.

After the half time break the field started to look and feel like a mud hole. Hettinger took to the air in an attempt to add some points on the scoreboard and did complete a 24-yard pass. The Black Devils were, however, unable to get into the end zone again, as the Cougar defense stopped any type of ball movement by Hettinger.