CAVALIER, N.D. — Tanner Urlaub took over the offense and Trevor Hinkle made a game-ending interception as Cavalier advanced to the North Dakota 9-man high school football championship game with a win here Saturday.
The Tornadoes claimed a 30-28 victory in double overtime against Linton-HMB in the 9-man state semifinals. Cavalier will play Kidder County for the state championship Friday morning at the Fargodome.
Urlaub rushed for 233 yards and three touchdowns. That included both of the Tornadoes’ overtime scores — a 2-yard run in the first overtime and a 5-yard run in the second, with a Colton Ratchenski 2-point conversion run putting the Tornadoes ahead 30-22.
Linton-HMB answered with a 3-yard touchdown run from Lucas Schumacher to pull within 30-28. But Hinkle intercepted the 2-point conversion pass to seal the win.
“Trevor made a good play,’’ Cavalier coach Sandy Laxdal said. “He jumped and made a one-handed catch.’’
Cavalier also received a 44-yard touchdown pass from Ratchenski to Andre Carrier in the first quarter. In the fourth quarter, Urlaub scored on a 3-yard run. But Linton-HMB forced overtime when Schumacher ran in a touchdown from 2 yards out with 2:51 left in regulation.
Urlaub had 175 rushing yards after halftime.
“We were having a lot of success running the ball in the second half,’’ Laxdal said. “We put it on the line and on Tanner. He was running hard off tackle.’’