Hillsboro-Central Valley ends Langdon-Edmore-Munich's 44-game winning streak

The Cardinals' last loss came against the Burros in the 2017 state championship game.

Hillsboro-Central Valley players celebrate their 28-13 victory over Langdon-Edmore-Munich to end the Cardinals' 44 game winning streak Friday, October 1, 2021 in Hillsboro. Photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

The streak is over.

Hillsboro-Central Valley beat Langdon-Edmore-Munch 28-13 on Friday night in Hillsboro, ending the longest active winning streak in the state of North Dakota at 44 games.

It marked Langdon-Edmore-Munich's first loss came since the 2017 state championship game. That one also came against the Burros.

Since that game, the No. 2 Cardinals have reeled off three consecutive perfect seasons and state championships. They opened this fall with six-straight wins.

That run came to an end Friday against No. 3 Hillsboro-Central Valley.


The Burros (6-1) used a pair of touchdown runs by senior Gavin Mitzel and an opportunistic defense to hand the Cardinals their first loss since Nov. 10, 2017 in the Fargodome.

"It's big," Burros coach Scott Olsen said. "It's big in two ways. It's one of our personal goals of putting ourselves in the right spot to win the region, and obviously, it ends the streak. It's big in two ways and we'll celebrate both."

The last meeting between the teams came in the 2018 title game. The Cardinals won that 20-18 and have barely been challenged since. No opponent came within 24 points of the Cardinals in 2019 or 2020.

Last week, Harvey got within a touchdown of the Cardinals. On Friday, the Burros handed Langdon-Edmore-Munich its first regular-season loss since Oct. 7, 2016, against Larimore.

Langdon-Edmore-Munich (6-1) led early on Friday when Carter Tetrault scored on a 2-yard run in the first quarter.

But the Burros answered in the second with a pair of rushing touchdowns. Mitzel scored from 2 yards out to tie it, then Riley Olsen ran it in from 17 yards to put Hillsboro-Central Valley ahead 14-7 at halftime.

Hillsboro-Central Valley added to the lead in the third quarter on Mitzel's second rushing touchdown of the game, a 10-yard run.

The Cardinals got within a score in the fourth quarter when Rayce Worley connected with Markus Kingzett for a 40-yard touchdown pass, but the Burros answered and put it away on a 15-yard Jace Leshuk touchdown run.


"We didn't mope or cry if something bad happened," Olsen said. "That's the big thing with having 22 seniors on the roster. That's a big part of leadership."

Defensively, the Burros held up.

They got two interceptions from Parker Gallagher, who totaled seven last season. He's already at five picks this year. They also had a key interception by junior Peter Dryburgh on a comeback route and a goal-line stand.

"When you have a big game, usually the team that makes the most big plays can give yourself the best chance to win," coach Olsen said.

It continued a run of dominant defense by Hillsboro-Central Valley. The Burros entered the game with three straight shutouts, winning 42-0 over Northern Cass, 44-0 over Park River and 41-0 over Carrington.

"Whatever it takes to achieve our goals, it's what we're going to do," Olsen said. "Obviously, it's a confidence booster. Any win is."

Hillsboro-Central Valley 28, Langdon-Edmore-Munich 13

First quarter

LEM - Carter Tetrault 2 run (Alex Gellner kick)


Second quarter

HCV - Gavin Mitzel 2 run (Parker Gallagher kick)

HCV - Riley Olsen 17 run (Gallagher kick)

Third quarter

HCV - Mitzel 10 run (Gallagher kick)

Fourth quarter

LEM - Markus Kingzett 40 pass from Rayce Worley (conversion failed)

HCV - Jace Leshuk 15 run (Gallagher kick)

Schlossman has covered college hockey for the Grand Forks Herald since 2005. He has been recognized by the Associated Press Sports Editors as the top beat writer for the Herald's circulation division four times and the North Dakota sportswriter of the year once. He resides in Grand Forks. Reach him at
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