KILLDEER – It was just like the movie Tombstone. A man named Wyatt rides into town and creates trouble for a bunch of Cowboys. This time, there was no gunfight at the OK Corral, just a pair of long touchdown runs, three touchdown passes, and a 33 to 25 Energy Bowl win for Wyatt Earp, er Carr and the Hazen Bison.
Wyatt Carr has been a force for Hazen all season long, with multiple touchdowns in most games, including a game with six touchdowns against Garrison. But this week was supposed to be different against a powerful Killdeer team that had lost just once on the season. It was no different.
The game started slow, with both teams going scoreless through one quarter. The second quarter saw Alex Sadowsky of Killdeer open the scoring with a 1 yard run. Carr answered that touchdown with a 77 yard scamper to paydirt. The teams traded scores again, with a Dillon Jepson run and Carr’s 68 yard TD run. Killdeer stretched a lead with another Jepson run and a Garrett LeMieux fumble return made it 25 to 14 Cowboys.
Hazen then scored the final 13 points of the half, on a Jeremy Leintz 6 yard TD catch from Carr. Then came the decision that changed the landscape of the game. Hazen went for and recovered the onside kick and scored on the final play of the first half to take a 27 to 25 lead into the locker room.
The Bison and Cowboys battled to just one score in the second half, another Wyatt Carr pass to Quentin Corchran that made the score 33 to 25. Killdeer had multiple chances to try to tie the game in the fourth quarter, but one fumble, and a tipped pass in the end zone ended their chances to tie the game.
Hazen escaped with the win, and more or less locked up the region 4 title for the regular season. They will wrap up their regular season with Southern McLean next week, and Killdeer will close out their regular season against Garrison/Max. Hazen won this round, but we could see Energy Bowl II in a few weeks with a trip to the Dakota Bowl on the line.
The Cowboys will have to shut down Wyatt Carr if they want to be the ones riding off into the sunset with a win.
[Filed by Derek Stacklie | October 7, 2016]