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Miscues Cost Bobcats at Austin
Bismarck – The Bismarck Bobcats could not overcome their mistakes, as three defensive zone turnovers ended up in the back of the net as the Austin Bruins outlasted the Cats 4-2 Friday at Riverside Arena. Deadlocked in a 2-2 tie late in the third, the Bobcat defense misplayed what would’ve been an icing on the Bruins, allowing Nico Sturm to reach the puck first and feed a wide-open Jacob Kullberg who chipped a low looper over the blocker of Bobcat goalie Alex Bitsakis to put the visitors down 3-2 with 6:55 to go in the game. Austin held the Cats at bay following the go-ahead strike, allowing just one shot on netminder Zach Driscoll over the final six-plus minutes. Kullberg put the game on ice at 4-2 with 1:12 left, popping the puck into the empty net when the Bobcats pulled Bitsakis to bid for the equalizer. It was the Bruins who struck first Friday, as well, when a failed clear by the Bobcats wound up on the stick of defenseman Jake Arroyo, who floated a shot in from 60 feet as Bitsakis could not track the puck around a screen set by Nico Sturm with 12:56 to go in the opening frame.  FULL STORY

Bison Roll to 31st Straight Win
Over Indiana State, 34-1

Fargo -- Zach Vraa caught two touchdown passes and John Crockett rushed for two scores as No. 1-ranked North Dakota State beat No. 22/23-ranked Indiana State 34-17 in the Missouri Valley Football Conference on Saturday, Oct. 18, before a crowd of 18,477 at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome. It was the 31st straight victory for North Dakota State, and the 18th in a row at home for the Bison, who improved to 7-0 overall and 3-0 in the MVFC. Indiana State fell to 4-3 overall and 1-2 in the conference. Vraa had 119 yards on a career-high nine receptions including a 48-yard score that gave the Bison a 20-0 lead early in the second quarter. Quarterback Carson Wentz completed a career-high 20 passes on 29 attempts for 222 yards and also completed a 3-yard TD pass to Vraa in the third quarter. NDSU scored on its first four possessions. Adam Keller booted field goals from 19 yards and a career-long 50 yards before Crockett's 2-yard run to close the first quarter with a 13-0 lead. The Bison outgained Indiana State 127-0 in total yards in the first quarter.  FULL STORY

MacMillan's Big Night Lifts
UND to Series Sweep
Grand Forks -- On Friday night, North Dakota used stout penalty killing to survive considerable penalty trouble in a 3-1 win over Colorado College. Saturday, third-ranked UND flipped the script and used a lethal power play to come away with a NCHC series sweep. UND erupted for five power-play goals and mixed in a pair of short-handed tallies, picking up all seven goals via special teams on the way to a 7-2 thrashing of the host Tigers. The win improved UND to 2-0-0 in NCHC play (3-1-0 overall) and completed just UND’s third sweep in Colorado Springs in 15 years. Defensemen Paul LaDue, Tucker Poolman (first career goal) and Jordan Schmaltz each struck with the man advantage during a 7-minute span in the opening frame, the last two during a 5-minunte power play, blowing the game wide open for the visitors. LaDue started the barrage by one-timing a Mark MacMillan centering feed past CC starter Tyler Marble. Poolman and Schmaltz made it a 4-0 game, both threading wrist shots through traffic and chasing Marble to the bench for freshman Chase Perry, son of former UND goalie and assistant coach Craig Perry.  FULL STORY

Ferrante, Marauders Grind Out 17-10 Road Win Over Golden Eagles
Bismarck – Vince Ferrante ran for a career-high 136 yards and a touchdown and the University of Mary ground out a 17-10 road win over the University of Minnesota Crookston. Brody Riggs provided a spark for the Marauders at the end of the first half. The redshirt freshman kicker booted a 50-yard field goal with four seconds left in the first half, pulling the Marauders within 7-3 at intermission. It's the longest field goal for U-Mary since the move to NCAA Division II in 2006 and may be the longest in school history. U-Mary dominated the third quarter. Ferrante capped a 70-yard drive with a 5 yard scoring run. Late in the frame a Jacob Parker interception led to Ben Jolliffe connecting with Jake East on a 13-yard touchdown reception for a 17-7 Marauders lead at the end of the quarter. The Marauders ran for a season-high 229 yards on 49 carries and added 188 yards passing for 417 yards. A rugged U-Mary defense limited UMC to 265 yards of offense. U-Mary improves to 4-3 overall and in the Northern Sun and 2-1 in the NSIC North. UMC slips to 0-7 and 0-3.  FULL STORY
Blue Hawks Fall to No. 22 Vikings, 22-17
Dickinson -- The Blue Hawks fell to the No. 22 Valley City State Vikings on Saturday (Oct. 18), 22-17.  Dickinson State is now 3-4 on the season and 1-1 in conference play.  The Vikings are 7-1 overall and 4-0 in conference play. The Vikings jumped out to an early 13-0 lead on a pair of passing touchdowns from Kurtis Walls to Antoine Griffin, the first coming with 11:13 remaining in the first quarter. The Blue Hawks would not go quietly into half time. Dickinson State utilized its rushing game for two touchdown drives of 76 and 75 yards.  MORE 

By Jeff Baranick
-- North Dakota prep football's regular season is fast winding down as we've passed the mid-point of October, and two Coal Country gridiron squads fared exceptionally this past week in securing for themselves playoff berths in the upcoming post-season. This past Wednesday, in their final regular-season home contest which was called on KDKT Sports Radio, the 5th-ranked Beulah Miners upended the 3rd-rated Minot Bishop Ryan Lions 27-6 in Class AA West Region play at Beulah's Riverside Park. The decisive win improved the Miners' overall season mark to 6-2 and their regional ledger to 5-1. Beulah's rushing attack punished the previously unbeaten Lions' defense, hammering away for 311 ground yards on 40 carries--led by Jr RB Matthew Krizan's 164 yards and two scores on 18 rushing attempts. Sr RB Tanner Erickson chipped in 98 yards and a TD on 14 carries, as the Miners can clinch the West Region's #2 seed for the state AA playoffs if it can defeat Watford City this upcoming Friday evening in the Bakken oil patch.  Meanwhile, in another Bakken-based football showdown--the so-called Energy Bowl 2014--Class A's top-ranked and two-time defending state champion, the Hazen Bison, prevailed over the 3rd-rated Killdeer Cowboys 27-16. Bison Sr QB Connor Doll was fabulous in victory, rushing for nearly 180 yards and 2 TDs on 26 keepers (including a 71-yard scoring sprint) while completing both his pass attempts for 82 yards. One of those was a touchdown toss of 63 yards to Sr RB Hunter Steffan. The exciting win improved Hazen's season record to 8-0 and extends its two-year-old winning streak (now spanning parts of three football campaigns) to 28 consecutive games. Hazen now awaits a home playoff contest  next Saturday afternoon against Region 3's #4 seed--the Des Lacs-Burlington Lakers. That confrontation will be a rematch of last November's semifinal tilt in Des Lacs won by the Bison 34-8. Killdeer will also a host an opening-round playoff game next Saturday as Region 4's #2 seed. The Cowboys will entertain Region 3's 3rd-seeded team, Harvey-Wells County. Elsewhere in prep football this past week, in AA action, #1 Bismarck St. Mary's blasted Central Dakota 42-12 as Sr RB Dillon Reiner exploded for 211 rushing yards & six touchdowns on 47 carries; Watford City nipped Dickinson Trinity 22-21; Central Cass whitewashed Lisbon 41-0; Kindred cruised by Maple Valley-Enderlin 32-20; & Turtle Mountain of Belcourt downed Stanley-Powers Lake 22-14. In more Class A contests, #2 Oakes crunched 5th-rated Carrington 26-7; New Salem-Glen Ullin outlasted Southern McLean 18-12 in two overtimes; Heart River eased past Central McLean 28-18; 4th-ranked Rugby throttled Des Lacs-Burlington 28-6; Lewis & Clark-Our Redeemer's walloped Williams County 57-7; Harvey-Wells County blanked Bottineau 28-zip; Linton-HMB clipped Northern Cass 21-17; Velva routed Surrey 54-0; and in a game called live on KDKT Sports Radio, Garrison-Max slammed Standing Rock 54-20. In AAA matchups, #2 Bismarck crushed intra-city rival and #5 Century 54-13, with RB Jaxon Ford churning out 297 rushing yards; #3 Fargo Davies toppled #1 Fargo South 50-49, driving the defending state-champion Bruins from the ranks of the unbeaten; Minot whipped Williston 35-0; West Fargo-Sheyenne held off Grand Forks Central 24-18; Grand Forks Red River scorched Fargo North 53-14; 4th-ranked West Fargo dumped Devils Lake 41-0; and Mandan rallied to trim Jamestown 23-21. Finally, in 9-man  play, top-ranked Cavalier humbled Four Winds-Warwick 64-zip; 2nd-ranked Shiloh Christian eased past Grant County-Flasher 38-26; #3 Towner-Granville-Upham blasted New Town 68-22; 4th-ranked LaMoure-Litchville-Marion mauled Mott-Regent 46-8; 5th-rated Richardton-Taylor-Hebron doubled up Hettinger-Scranton 40-20; Bowman County raced past Trenton-Trinity Christian 50-42; Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter stomped South Border 41-8; and Beach buried Center-Stanton 64-22. In Class B volleyball action last week, seizing 3-0 sweeps were Beulah, Center-Stanton, Linton-HMB, Turtle Lake-Mercer-McClusky, Minot Ryan, & Grant County, over New England, Washburn, Strasburg-Zeeland, Wilton-Wing, Surrey, and Lemmon (SD), respectively. Claiming 3-1 decisions were Hazen, New Salem-Almont, and Beach, respectively, at the expense of Heart River, Killdeer, and Bowman County.  Additionally, Glen Ullin-Hebron squeaked past Mott-Regent 3-2, and Flasher edged Underwood by the same tally. West River region cross-country runners took a brief hiatus this past weekend, gearing up for their state meet this upcoming Saturday in Minot. In Class A, the Bismarck Demon boys and the Century girls are looking to repeat as state champions, with the Demons seeking their 10th straight state crown. Meanwhile, on the Class B side of things, New Town and Hillsboro-Central Valley are also positioning themselves for repeat bids in the boys' and girls' divisions, respectively.

Filed by Veteran KDKT Sportscaster Jeff Baranick

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