Published On: Wed, Nov 2nd, 2011

Creighton ends Hartington’s year

CREIGHTON — The Hartington Wildcats had no better luck in their playoff game against the Creighton Bulldogs than they did in their regular season match up.
The Cats dropped their first-round playoff game 40-14. The loss dropped the Wildcats season mark to 5-4 while the Bulldogs improved to 7-2 and they will travel to Nebraska Christian next Wednesday. Neb. Christian defeated Randolph 46-0 in their first-round game.

Despite the loss, Hartington Coach Blair Kalin said his team put in a great effort.
“I thought we played very hard against Creighton.  We cut the lead to 10 in the third quarter and just could not make enough plays down the stretch,” Kalin said.
Creighton would hold a 392 to 293 advantage in total yards for the game. Jacob Morrill led all rushers with 112 yards on 15 carries. Seth Wilmes was good for 53 yards rushing and a pair of touchdowns and Ryan Mitteis was 7 x 13 passing for an additional 99 yards of offense.
Hartington got 69 yards rushing from Alec Fuelberth and a 72 yard kickoff return  from Nick Miller to lead their offense efforts.
On defense a trio of players led the Wildcats. Reece Pedersen would record 25 tackles and Adam Wortmann and Alec Fuelberth would finish with 20 and 19 tackles respectively.
The Bulldogs would build a big early lead on the Wildcats as Reid Liska burst 17 yards in the opening quarter to paydirt. Jacob Morrill added the PAT run and Creighton lead 8-0 at the end of one period of play.
Creighton’s offense continued to roll in the second quarter as they would march 65 yards in nine plays. Cole Thomas burst 15 yards for the Bulldogs’ second score. Morrill added the PAT run to make the score 16-0.
At the five-minute mark it was Creighton on the march again as Jacob Morrill would cap another drive with a three-yard blast for another  Bulldog touchdown. Seth Wilmes added the PAT run to increase the score to 24-0 with Creighton on top.
Nick Miller would answer for the Wildcats as he took the kickoff, broke through a line of Bulldogs at the  eight yard line and bolted 72 yards for a touchdown. The PAT run failed and Hartington trailed 24-6 at the half.

Hartington would strike from long distance early in the third quarter. Alec Fuelberth would ramble 57 yards for the Wildcats second touchdown of the night.Nick Miller pushed his way in for the PAT and Hartington had cukt the lead to 24-14.
Creighton, however, was not done on offense as they mounted another drive. Seth Wilmes capped the drive with a nine-yard burst over the right side for the  Bulldogs.

Ryan Mitties ran in the PAT and Creighton had stretched their led to 32-14. The Bulldogs would add one more scoring drive to their night. Cole Thomas capped a 49-yard drive with a six-yard run around the left side for the Bulldogs. Wilmes ran in the PAT  for a  40-14 Creighton advantage. That would be the final score as reserves finished out a scoreless fourth quarter.
Kalin said it’s disappointing to end the season with a loss, but the Wildcats have nothing to be sorry about.
“This team competed very well this season.  We won some big games and qualified for the playoffs for the fourth straight season,” Kalin said. “Our seniors did a great job of leading the team this season.  i believe we definitely improved as the season progressed and we lost to Creighton twice who have a very good team.”

Hartington    0    6    8    0— 14
Creighton    8    16    16    0 — 40

Hartington – Alec Fuelberth, 7-70; Nick Miller, 11-41. Creighton – Jacob Morrill, 15-93; Seth Wilmes, 9-57; Cole Thomas, 14-47.

Hartington – Nick Miller, 5-12-28. Creighton – Ryan Mittes, 6-12-66 .

Hartington – Eric Derickson, 1-11; Adam Hochstein, 1-9; Adam Wortmann, 2-8. Creighton – Seth Wilmes, 3-39; Cole Thomas, 3-27.

Hartington – Reece Pedersen, 25; Adam Wortmann, 20; Alec Fuelberth, 19; Ty Dybdal, 15; Nick Miller, 11; Eric Derickson 11; Adam Hochstein, 9; Josh Nelson  9; Pat Wortmann 3.