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Bismarck Century downs Red River in lightning-shortened game

Red River running back George Nyahforh drags Bismarck Century defensemen down Cushman Field on Friday night. Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald 1 / 4
Red River's Brady Dvorak hangs onto Bismarck Century tight end Mason Leingang (#85) in the first quarter of Friday's home football game at Cushman Field. Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald 2 / 4
Red River High School football fans cheer during Friday's home game against Bismarck Century. Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald 3 / 4
Red River's Connor Arel (#5) and Brett Klefstad (#44) sack Bismarck Century quarterback Cade Feeney in the second quarter of Friday's game at Cushman Field. Nick Nelson/ Grand Forks Herald 4 / 4

By the time referees spotted lightning in the distance at Cushman Field on Friday night, Grand Forks Red River likely welcomed the intervention.

No. 1-ranked Bismarck Century scored on two of its first three plays of the second half en route to a lightning-shortened 35-6 victory over the Roughriders in non-conference high school football.

The Patriots had first-and-goal from the 8 when the game was first paused, then quickly called off completely with 3 minutes, 57 seconds left in the third quarter.

“They’re a really good football team,” said Red River coach Vyrn Muir, whose team snapped an 11-game losing streak with a win over Bismarck Legacy in Week 1. “They caused us not to do things well, and we didn’t help ourselves out when we had the chance to help ourselves out. They’re obviously very good.”

Century junior running back Grant Anderson finished with 145 yards on 16 carries and three touchdowns.

On the Patriots’ first play of the second half, Anderson ran 42 yards for a touchdown. After a Century interception gave the Patriots a short field, Anderson scored two plays later -- this time from 6 yards out for the final margin.

“That was kind of his debut,” Century coach Ron Wingenbach said. “We’ve had some major injuries, so we had to shuffle the deck a little bit. It was his time. We knew what we had but it was a matter of getting him more varsity reps. We’ve been moving him all over -- in the slot, out wide and all over. Now, he’ll focus more on tailback.”

In the first half, Century built a 21-0 lead by picking up yardage in chunks. The Patriots scored the game’s first three touchdowns while only facing one third down.

Red River missed its sliver of opportunity to keep the game close at halftime. The Riders chipped into the Century lead with a 19-yard touchdown pass from Parker Monette to Cole Benson to make it 21-6 with 9:42 left in the second quarter.

Then after Brett Klefstad and Connor Arel sacks forced a Century punt, Red River put together a drive down to the Century 25 with a minute to halftime.

But Red River couldn’t trim the lead to a one-score game as Monette threw three straight incompletions to turn the ball over on downs.

“Obviously, we don’t like the way the game turned out,” Muir said. “We just have to keep working on getting better. If our guys want to compete at a high level, those are the teams we have to compete with.”

Red River was led by George Nyanforh’s 49 rushing yards and Monette’s 66 passing yards.

Century linebacker Griffin Jensen intercepted Monette twice.

The Patriots, who beat West Fargo Sheyenne in overtime in Week 1, improved to 2-0.

Tom Miller

Miller has been with the Grand Forks Herald sports department since 2004. He's also a Grand Forks native and UND graduate. 

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