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Thompson cruises by Cavalier in 9-man opener

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Thompson quarterback Cadyn Schwabe eludes Cavalier's Andre Carrier on his way to a 35-yard run in the first half on fourth-down to set up a touchdown. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald2 / 6
Thompson players Josh Sem (44) and Garrett Webber (51) celebrate their 28-0 first half lead at halftime. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald3 / 6
Cavalier running back Tanner Urlaub is helped off the field after injuring his knee in the first quarter. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald4 / 6
Cavalier quarterback Jayden Laxdal is sacked by Thompson's Josh Sem in the first quarter Friday in Thompson. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald5 / 6
Cavalier's Andre Carrier reaches for a pass as Thompson's Hayden Overby defends. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald6 / 6

THOMPSON, N.D.—The 2017 high school football season ended for Thompson with a 58-20 thumping at the hands of Cavalier in the second round of the North Dakota 9-man playoffs.

The 2018 season opened with a rematch Friday.

"We've talked about that game here and there, but not a whole lot,'' Thompson senior quarterback Cadyn Schwabe said. "It's a new year with new guys. You move on.''

And it was a new outcome Friday. Schwabe scored three touchdowns and passed for another as the Tommies scored a 36-6 win against visiting Cavalier.

While the Tommies didn't play up the revenge card, the three-pronged attack of Schwabe, Marcus Hughes and Nick Reck was too much for the Tornadoes.

Schwabe rushed for 124 yards, including touchdowns covering 32, 37 and 5 yards. He was 13-of-20 passing for 160 yards. Hughes, his favorite target, had 10 catches for 126 yards. That included a 5-yard reception that he turned into a catch-and-run 60-yard play down the right sideline for the opening score. Reck rushed for 124 yards and a TD.

"They executed,'' Cavalier coach Sandy Laxdal. "We didn't tackle and Schwabe ran all over us. You'll never him down completely. But when you don't tackle well, everybody looks fast. We knew what they'd do. It comes down to making plays.''

Hughes' touchdown gave Thompson a 6-0 lead after the first quarter. Two Schwabe scores made it 22-0.

"Our linemen have put in the work and they did their jobs,'' Schwabe said. "The offense runs through the blockers.''

Schwabe's most spectacular run set up the fourth TD.

On fourth-and-one at the Cavalier 41, Schwabe took the snap, looked for an opening and went up the middle. He broke a tackle, went outside to the right, broke another tackle as he cut back inside and wound up going 35 yards. That set up Reck for a 6-yard touchdown and a 28-0 halftime lead.

"We made a lot of edge plays,'' Thompson coach Brady Schwab said. "We have some athletes who can get to the outside, some kids who can run.

"I thought the second (touchdown) might have been the one that got us going. It was a momentum thing—we scored, we held them, then we scored again.''

Thompson was ahead 36-0 when Cavalier avoided the shutout with 2:14 remaining when Jayden Laxdal hit Andre Carrier for a 36-yard touchdown pass. Cavalier played most of the game without Tanner Urlaub, who was hurt in the first quarter. "We were pretty limited offensively without him,'' Sandy Laxdal said. "He's a big part of what we do.''

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