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West Fargo Sheyenne beat everyone with a 345. Red River finished in second with a 358 and Central in 8th with a 413.
The UND football program is coming off of one of its biggest wins in its Division 1 history. North Dakota took down top five ranked opponent Sam Houston State, 24-23 on the road. This is the highest ranked Division 1 team that the Fighting Hawks have beaten. This win will serve as a massive confidence boost for UND going forward this season and shows the rest of the country that the Fighting Hawks can play with the top teams.
This week we cross the river into Minnesota and make our way over to East Grand Forks High School where we find Chase Olderback a student that puts others before himself.
On Friday, Central and Red River will take part in the 22nd Annual Cushman Classic at Cushman Field. Bragging rights are up for grabs and the Roughriders come into this game with a chip on their shoulder. After Red River had won 9 straight games against the Knights, it was Central who won last year's battle in the rain, 33-20. That hasn't sat well with the Roughriders for the past year and this week, the energy is at an all-time high and the team is eager to get back the crosstown rivalry trophy.
East Grand Forks takes down Crookston, 9-0.
Roseau sweeps EGF, 3-0.
GRAND FORKS - It's a crosstown rivalry kind of week as the 22nd Annual Cushman Classic will be taking place on Friday right down the road at Cushman Field. Red River had won 9 straight against Central until last season when the Knights defeated the Roughriders 33-20. Central is looking for the same result this season. But they will have to do so with a lot of different players on the field. So far this season, the Knights are 2-1 and when it's Cushman Classic week, the stakes are higher and the energy is ramped up.
UND falls to North Florida in five sets.
EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. - Now to high school football where East Grand Forks is off to a solid 2-0 start. The Green Wave are coming off of a 40-34 win against DGF on Friday and then defeated Crookston in week one, 49-28. EGF is staying humble though and understand that at this point in the season, they need to keep improving and getting better week by week. EGF will take on another 2-0 team in Park Rapids Area this Friday on the road at 7pm.
Devils Lake defeats Red River in five sets. Central falls to West Fargo, 3-0.