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FARGO—The offenses were rolling for Kittson County Central and Stephen-Argyle here Thursday. The teams combined for more than 650 yards in total offense. Despite all that yardage, it was two defensive plays that sparked Stephen-Argyle to a 36-19 win in the Minnesota Section 8 9-man high school football championship game. The 10-1 Storm, repeating as section champion, advances into next Friday's Minnesota state quarterfinal game at 7 p.m. in Bemidji against a yet-to-be-determined opponent. Kittson County Central closed with a 5-6 record.
DEVILS LAKE—Joey Hornstein doesn't see a lot of flash in his football game. "I'm a first-down runner,'' the Devils Lake High School senior said. "Ten yards, 10 yards, 10 yards—I just keep going and try to move the chains. I'm more of a physical runner. I like hitting. That gets me fired up.''
The spark Ivy Edwards needed was a close score. The sophomore had three kills and three service aces as Sacred Heart jumped to a 10-2 lead in the third set. Sacred Heart went on for a win and a 25-20, 27-25, 25-8 sweep of visiting Red Lake Falls on Friday in the first round of the Minnesota Section 8A high school volleyball tournament. Sacred Heart, the top seed in the West subsection, had to rally from a 23-21 deficit to win the second set. And that close score set off Edwards.
N.D. 9-man playoffs Saturday’s second round Wyndmere-Lidgerwood 56, New Rockford-Sheyenne 16 Napoleon-G-S 21, Hankinson 14 Beach 32, Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood 12 Bismarck Shiloh Christian 41, St. John 18 North Prairie 64, Mott-Regent/New England 62
Kaleb Johnson was in the right place on the wrong play. The junior scored on a 5-yard pass with 3:03 remaining Wednesday night. Lucas Kanta kicked the extra point and that gave Grand Forks Central a 28-27 comeback high school football win against Fargo North at Cushman Field. Johnson's first career touchdown reception capped a 75-yard scoring drive, with the big play a 36-yard catch by Sam Cherilus. Johnson scored on a fourth-and-goal play on a short swing pass from Zack Murphy.
It isn't a coincidence that Brooke Filipi is a scoring threat on direct kicks. "I've stayed after practices occasionally to work on it,'' the East Grand Forks Senior High soccer player said. "Surprisingly, I've made maybe five or six goals off of them. I've been fortunate.'' Filipi's skill on the direct kick made the offense go Tuesday. The senior had a goal and an assist as the Green Wave beat visiting St. Cloud Cathedral 2-0 in the semifinals of the Minnesota Section 8A girls soccer tournament.
THOMPSON, N.D. -- Cadyn Schwabe had 100-yard totals both passing and rushing here Saturday as Thompson beat Oakes 41-7 in the opening round of the North Dakota 9-man high school football playoffs. Schwabe rushed for 161 yards, including 70- and 3-yard touchdown runs. He was 7-of-13 passing for 145 yards, throwing touchdown passes to Hayden Overby (22 yards) and Marcus Hughes (24 yards). Schwabe also returned an interception 65 yards for a touchdown. Nick Reck rushed for 100 yards and scored on a 3-yard run for the 7-2 Tommies.
THOMPSON, N.D.—Cadyn Schwabe had reasons to expect Oakes to bring a big, physical team here Saturday. After all, the Tornadoes are a former Class A 11-man football program and their wrestling program traditionally is strong. "I figured they'd be a big, physical team,'' Schwabe said. "But our linemen rose to the occasion.'' With Thompson controlling the line of scrimmage and Schwabe generating big plays to put points on the scoreboard, Thompson rolled to a 41-7 win over Oakes in the first round of the North Dakota 9-man high school football playoffs.
When Bagley defeated Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 21-12 a few weeks ago, W-H-A coach Aaron Pfeiffer had a simple explanation for the setback. "We gave the ball away five times,'' Pfeiffer said. "No way you can beat anyone turning the ball over five times.'' On Friday, it was another five-turnover game. Only this time, the Wolves were the takers, not the givers, as they handed Polk County West a 28-19 high school football setback at East Grand Forks Senior High Field.
Nathan Schumacher's 58-yard return of a fumble for a touchdown Thursday was significant for two reasons. The score, with 3:17 left in the game, marked the first time all season that Grand Forks Red River High School's football team received a touchdown from its defensive unit. And it marked the first time in the game that West Fargo Sheyenne didn't turn a possession into a touchdown. The Mustangs scored on their first six possessions in running to a 41-15 win at Cushman Field.