No. 2-ranked Burros knock off No. 1 E-E-K
EDGELEY, N.D.—The most anticipated North Dakota Class A high school football game of the 2017 season ended in favor of the No. 2-ranked team as Hillsboro-Central Valley blasted defending state champion and No. 1-ranked team Ellendale/Edgeley-Kulm 48-14 on Friday.
H-CV senior running back Grant Skager bolted for 314 rushing yards on 24 carries and five touchdowns and may have set a school rushing record on the night.
"As soon as the hole was there it was kind of run for my money, just run hard, run fast and hope to god no one catches me," Skager said under the lights after the game.
The Burros had a commanding 28-14 lead at halftime as Skager racked up 232 rushing yards on 18 carries.
Skager's 40-yard run with 3:14 left in the third quarter gave his team a 42-14 advantage as H-CV continued to keep the pedal on the gas.
"Probably the biggest game I've been a part of," H-CV head coach Scott Olsen said. "We did what we wanted to do."
The Thunder were averaging 37.2 points per game and 419.7 yards per game entering the contest but H-CV held head coach Jon Schiele's club to its lowest offensive game of the season.
The Thunder finished with 118 rushing yards and 185 passing yards.
E-E-K attempted a rally late in the first half, scoring both of its touchdowns with less than three minutes to play in the second quarter.
The Thunder scored on a Clayton Grueneich 44-yard touchdown with 2:53 left and with six seconds left before halftime, senior quarterback Jacob DeWald found senior tight end Lane Hanson for a 13-yard touchdown.
Grueneich finished with 79 rushing yards on 16 carries and a score while Hanson caught six balls for 111 and a touchdown.
"We thought we had the advantage with our offensive line on their defensive line," Olsen said about H-CV's defensive performance. "We proved that but we still have to block and execute."
Skager gave H-CV an early 14-0 lead with 3:36 in the first quarter after two momentum-changing runs of 67 yards and 71 yards.
The Burros added another score after Skager's 26-yard burst up the middle gave H-CV a 22-0 lead with 5:53 to go in the half before taking off for good.
H-CV plays its final regular season game Oct. 13 at home against Oak Grove while E-E-K will face Enderlin-Maple Valley on the road at 7 p.m.
"With the attitude these guys have right now I have no worries not being ready for the next game," Olsen added about the remainder of the Burros schedule. "From day one we had expectations and it's still going. We aren't going to change those expectations."