Hawks lose tough home opener to Badgers 34-26
By PAUL OVERLIE
Liberty County Times
The game in Chester was a wild one in spite of the Hawks finding themselves down 26-6 early in the second quarter. The CJI Hawks found themselves in a close game early and late, but Cascade managed a solid lead then hung on for dear life at the end!
Cascade scored first on a 25-yard run by the quarterback and a pass for a 2-point PAT give the Badgers an 8-0 advantage. Cory Richter found Clark Diemert for a 26-yard scoring pass, but CJI missed on the PAT and trailed 8-6. The rest of the first quarter went to Cascade as they scored on a pair of drives to take a 20-6 lead.
The Hawks went down 26-6 on a 3-yard touchdown run by Cascade, but got that back when Cory Richter took it in on a 1-yard blast. That made it a 26-12 game at the half.
The third quarter was all defense, but Cascade made it 34-12 on a 7-yard run and took that lead into the fourth quarter.
Defense was still the name of the game in the fourth quarter, but CJI scored on a 4-yard run by Cory Richter and Richter found Evan Dahinden in the end zone for a 2-point PAT to make it 34-20. With around 3 minutes left to play, the Hawks connected on a 32-yard pass from Cory Richter to Brett Henke to make it an eight point game at 34-26. The Hakws managed another stop and got the ball back with a bit under a minute to play. The Hawks connected on another long pass play to get into Cascade territory. With 16 seconds left it looked like the Hawks had a shot to tie the game with a PAT as they scored on a pass play; unfortunately there was a flag thrown for holding on the Hawks and it came back. CJI tried again, but just missed on the final play and lost the game 34-36.
This week the Hawks will be at home to take on Great Falls Central. Game time is set for 7 pm.Posted: by OverlieP