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Kittson County Central avenges earlier loss, downs Badger-Greenbush-Middle River to win Section 8 nine-man title

Bearcats advance to the Minnesota state nine-plan playoffs

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Kittson County Central's Chisum Schmiedeberg keeps upright as BGMR's Zach Blawat (6), and Dylan VonEnde (4) defend in the first half of their game Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021 in the Fargodome. Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

FARGO -- Minnesota Section 8 nine-man football has been competitive all season. But that’s nothing out of the ordinary.

Badger-Greenbush-Middle River and Kittson County Central led the way throughout the regular season -- both producing 8-2 records.

And only two points separated the two during the teams’ matchup earlier this season.

KCC’s Chisum Schmiedeberg, however, made sure there was plenty of separation between the two section powers Thursday at the Fargodome.

Schmiedeberg rushed for 316 yards and three touchdowns as KCC ran past BGMR 50-19 in the section championship game, a win that advances the Bearcats to next week’s Minnesota nine-man tournament.

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KCC will play the Section 5 champion Friday, Nov. 12, in Moorhead in a quarterfinal game. That winner will advance to the semifinal round at U.S. Bank Stadium.

KCC also avenged a loss to BGMR earlier this season as the Gators edged the Bearcats 26-24. But Schmiedeberg didn’t play in that game.

His presence in the rematch was noticed in a big way.

“He’s a motor guy,” said KCC coach Cory Waling of the 5-foot-7, 150-pound junior running back.

The Bearcats, however, have two running threats, with Ozzie Meyer-Rice being the other. “They play off each other so well and if you respect one of them, the other one takes it from him,” said Waling. “Today, it was Chisum’s turn. On other days, it’s been Ozzie’s turn. We opened some holes for them today and they found the path.”

Meyer-Rice finished with 76 yards on 14 carries as the Bearcats finished with 445 rushing yards and 489 yards total offense.

Schmiedeberg opened the scoring when he scampered 45 yards off the right side for a touchdown on a third-and six with 6:07 left in the first quarter.

A penalty wiped out a BGMR touchdown on the ensuing kickoff. KCC’s Braden Faken then picked off a BGMR pass a few plays later and that led to Schmiedeberg’s second score -- a 3-yard run with 1:46 left in the quarter.

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Schmiedeberg’s first TD set the tone.

“Coming out right away and scoring you get the blood flowing; you get the heads popping and everyone is going nuts,” said Schmiedeberg. “And you get the fans into it.”

Schmiedeberg scored his third TD -- a 55-yard burst in the second quarter and the Bearcats went into halftime with a 30-13 lead after Isaac Folland booted a 24-yard field goal with 1:13 left.

The Bearcats avenged their earlier defeat against the Gators with an offense that was nearly unstoppable.

“The last time we played them, we took a step back instead of stepping into it,” said Schmiedeberg.

BGMR, however, put up monster offensive numbers as well, finishing with 448 yards -- 194 through the air.

BGMR quarterback Kobey Dallager threw for 194 yards, completing 16 of 34 passes. He also rushed for 104 yards on 11 carries. Dylan VonEnde added 86 rushing yards for the Gators.

KCC will play either Ogilvie or South Ridge in next week’s state quarterfinals. The game is set for Friday, Nov. 12, in Moorhead. The Bearcats reached the state by beating their biggest rival.

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“It’s a big rivalry,” said KCC quarterback Braden Faken. “They beat us two years in a row in the playoffs so it’s good to get back to state.”

Fertile-Beltrami 26, Norman Co. East/U-H 20

In the Minnesota Section 6 nine-man championship game, also at the Fargodome, Fertile-Beltrami improved to 11-0 with its win over Norman County East/Ulen-Hitterdal.

Everett Balstad scored three touchdowns and Rylin Petry added another as the Falcons rallied from an early 6-0 deficit.

The teams were tied 6-6 at halftime.

However, Fertile-Beltrami scored on its first three possessions of the second half -- drives that covered 65, 85 and 57 yards.

Fertile-Beltrami finished with 326 rushing yards, with Balstad rushing for 196 yards. The Falcons finished with 333 total yards to 307 for NCE/U-H.

NCE/U-H finished 8-3, with two of its losses coming against Fertile-Beltrami.

The Falcons, who beat the Titans 34-12 on Oct. 8, will play in a state quarterfinal game Thursday, Nov. 11, in Grand Rapids against either Mountain Iron-Buhl or Cherry. Those teams play for the Section 7 title on Friday.

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Wayne Nelson is the sports editor at the Herald.


He has been with the Grand Forks Herald since 1995, serving as the UND football and basketball beat writer as well as serving as the sports editor.



He is a UND graduate and has been writing sports since the late 1970s.



Follow him on Twitter @waynenelsongf. You can reach him at (701) 780-1268 or wnelson@gfherald.com.
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