The Castlewood Warriors scored two times in the second half and defeated the De Smet Bulldogs 20-14 on Friday, August 19th.
Castlewood took the first lead in the first quarter. Lane Tvedt threw a swing pass to Quincy Thu, and Thu took it 55 yards to the endzone for a touchdown. The two-point conversion was good, and the Warriors led 8-0. The Bulldogs got some momentum in the second quarter. Noah Harrison provided a spark with an interception of a screen pass and returned it 44 yards to the Castlewood 18-yard line. Trace Van Regenmorter put the Bulldogs on the board with a five-yard run. De Smet also converted the two-point conversion to tie the game 8-8.
The Bulldogs then took the lead later in the second quarter. Kadyn Fast had a 19-yard touchdown run. The two-point conversion was no good, and De Smet led 14-8. The defense made a big stand late in the first half. The Bulldogs stopped a fourth down play deep in their own territory to preserve the 14-8 lead. De Smet led by that score at halftime.
The Warriors, however, tied the game early in the third quarter. Tvedt connected with Thu again, this time on a 35-yard pass to tie the game 14-14. The score remained 14-14 until late in the fourth quarter as the two defenses played tough the entire second half. Castlewood got the game-winning score with 2:28 to play. Tvedt found a wide-open Booker Schooley from 18-yards away for the touchdown. De Smet’s final drive of the game ended in a turnover on downs deep in their own end, and the Warriors were able to kneel and run out the clock.
The Bulldogs (0-1) will have their home-opener on Friday, August 26th against Stanley County.