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UND Holds on For Wild Win in Big Sky Opener
Grand Forks -- North Dakota sophomore Brady Oliveira rushed for a career-high 171 yards and his 60-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter proved to be the difference in the Fighting Hawks' 17-15 victory over Montana State Saturday in the Big Sky opener for both schools. Oliveira and the offense can thank the defense, however, for keeping the Fighting Hawks within reach. The Bobcats (2-2,  0-1 BSC) entered the contest with the top turnover-margin in the FCS at plus-11, but the home team turned in a minus-4 performance during its homecoming contest at Bobcat Stadium. The Fighting Hawks would force a season-high five turnovers, while only giving up a first-quarter fumble themselves. "We found ways to get a big win to open our conference season," UND head coach Bubba Schweigert said. "We have not made these last two wins easy ones, but we'll sure take them." UND would get 10 of its points off those miscues and took a 7-6 lead at the half thanks to a fumble recovery late in the second period. Oliveira capped that short drive with a 3-yard run and finished with the first two-touchdown game of his career. Both teams traded third-quarter field goals before the wild last few minutes of regulation ensued. FULL STORY

Bobcats Stumble in Showcase Finale

Bismarck -- Two goals allowed in a 34-second span undid the Bismarck Bobcats’ hopes of closing out NAHL Showcase play on a positive note Saturday, as the Minnesota Magicians rallied to top the Cats 3-2 at the Schwan Super Rink. Holding a 2-1 lead after two periods, the Bobcats saw Minnesota even the score at two just 2:14 into the third as third-year blueliner Travis Brown sailed a snap shot through a double-screen in front of goalie Will Ulrich and in. Then, at the 2:48 mark, the Magicians took the lead for good at 3-2 when Timo Walther earned a turnover at the Bobcat goal line and cranked a bad-angle shot that bounced in off Ulrich. Two penalties in the final five minutes would derail any hopes of a comeback for the Cats, as time would expire with the black and gold on a penalty kill to give the Magicians the 3-2 decision. Minnesota took an early lead in the contest, scoring 6:00 into the first period on the power play when veteran winger Mitch Slattery raced up the right wing and beat Ulrich glove side to make it 1-0 for the former members of the Central Division. Special teams got the Bobcats back into the game in the middle frame as Pieter von Steinbergs earned his first goal of the year on the power play, lofting a one-timer through traffic and under the cross bar before Magicians netminder Daniil Gerasimov could get a bead on it to tie the score 1-1 with 13:34 left in the period. FULL STORY

Warriors Spoil Marauders Homecoming

Bismarck -- On a beautiful fall homecoming day perfect for college football, growing pains of a youthful football team continued to slow the University of Mary. Playing in front of over 4,200 loyal supporters, the Marauders fell 51-0 to Winona State University in Northern Sun action. After big plays on offense, defense and special teams helped the Marauders take a second half lead a week prior at Southwest Minnesota State University, Mary found little room to operate on either side of the ball against the Warriors. Limited to just five first downs in the first half and only two explosive plays of ten or more yards, the Marauders found themselves training 31-0 at intermission. A potent mix of big running and passing plays by Winona State allowed the Warriors to score touchdowns on their first four possessions and a field goal on the fifth. The Warriors opened the scoring on a 28 yard pass from Jack Nelson to Cameron Johnson just 2:38 into the game. Seemingly down after about a 15 yard gain, Johnson rolled over the top of a Marauders tackler and sprinted the rest of the way to the end zone for the score. Paul Preston added two scoring runs of 14 and 25 yards, sandwiched around a touchdown catch by Nate Gennrich. The second half started in similar fashion as WSU scored on its first two possessions, the first on a 1-yard Preston run, his third touchdown of the day. FULL STORY  

Third Quarter Derails Minot State
Minot -- It was a game of missed opportunities for Minot State. The Beavers trailed just 14-7 at Upper Iowa midway through the third quarter, but the Beavers had multiple chances to be tied or in the lead at the midway point of the game. Those missed opportunities came back to haunt the Beavers as Upper Iowa took advantage with a big third quarter, outscoring MSU 21-0 to pull away for a 35-7 win in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference football Saturday at Harms-Eischeid Stadium. "The third quarter was really bad football all the way around," said MSU head coach Tyler Hughes. "They made the big plays and it changed the game. Through the first half, we did some good things, but left some opportunities on the table and in the third quarter they got after us. They made the big plays and we didn't." Minot State (1-3 overall, 1-3 NSIC) moved the ball well most the game, finishing with 381 yards in total offense and 19 first down. The Beavers earned three of those on their first drive in the third quarter, pushing to the UIU 25. But a holding penalty and a missed field goal stalled the drive. "We had some red zone opportunities and came away with nothing and missed a couple field goals – and we had a couple dropped interceptions on defense," Hughes said. "Those compound over the course of the game.  FULL STORY

Bison Stun 11th-Ranked Iowa With Last-Second Field Goal, 23-21
Fargo -- Cam Pedersen kicked a 37-yard field goal with no time remaining to lift North Dakota State to its sixth straight FBS victory 23-21 over the 11th-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes on Saturday. North Dakota State (3-0) got the ball on its own 34-yard line with 1:53 left in the game after holding Iowa to a three-and-out. Quarterback Easton Stick rushed for 29 yards on the first play and the Bison advanced to the Iowa 20 before calling a timeout with 5 seconds to go. Pedersen, who missed from 50 yards earlier in the game, delivered the game-winner just inside the right upright as time expired and NDSU stormed the field to celebrate in front of an estimated 8,000-plus Bison fans. North Dakota State pulled within 21-20 after a 15-play, 80-yard drive that took up 8:39 of the fourth quarter.  Chase Morlock caught a 7-yard touchdown pass and the Bison had a two-point conversion broken up. FULL STORY

Blue Hawks Outrun Saints in 55-36 NSAA Victory
-- The Dickinson State University Football team began their 2016 NSAA season with a huge win over the Presentation College Saints on Saturday at the Biesiot Activities Center. Kalyer Ray put the Blue Hawks on the board first with a 14 yard QB keeper in at the 6:19 mark in the first quarter followed by a Cody Johnson extra point to put the Blue Hawks up 7-0. Jed Fike would increase the Blue Hawk lead to 14-0 with a two yard touchdown run on the Blue Hawks next drive. Tray Boone then put the Blue Hawks up 21-0 with a one yard touchdown run at the beginning of the second quarter. Austin Eggl completed a 33 yard touchdown pass to Logan Weisser at the 8:48 mark in the second quarter to cut the Blue Hawk lead to 21-7 then the Saints defense would get a safety on the Ray to cut the Blue Hawk lead to 21-9.  FULL STORY

By Jeff Baranick
Beulah -- Officially, the season of autumn just started; but Fall's most popular outdoor sport--football--has now reached its mid-season mark in the North Dakota prep ranks with the slate of contests played this past weekend. In a Class A Region 4 game--dubbed the "Mega Bowl"-- called on KDKT Sports Radio, Southern McLean rallied from an early deficit and raced past Garrison-Max 51-20. The victorious Roughriders widened a precarious 12-8 halftime lead by taking advantage of a pair of Trooper turnovers, and tallied the next 25 points of the matchup on their way to securing their first win of the campaign. Southern McLean's Jr QB, Cameron Hall, tossed a pair of scoring passes (to Braydee Hanson and Nolan Teigen), Sr RB Cody Blazek ripped off two long TD scampers (covering 27 & 75 yards), and defensive backs Hanson and Tate Bertolotto each recorded a "pick-six" (from 35 & 45 yards out, respectively) to facilitate the rout. In other Class A encounters last Friday evening, top-ranked Larimore blanked Harvey-Wells County 32-0; 2nd-rated Minot Ryan eased past Lewis & Clark-Our Redeemer's 21-7; #3 Killdeer hammered Heart River 50-6; 5th-ranked Langdon Area-Munich lit up 4th-ranked Park River-Fordville-Lankin 38-14; Hazen annihilated Standing Rock 58-0; Des Lacs-Burlington drubbed Bottineau 46-0; Velva-Sawyer outpaced Westhope-Newburg-Glenburn 44-33; Ellendale-Edgeley-Kulm outlasted Fargo Oak Grove 43-35; Northern Cass held off Carrington 20-14; and Milnor-North Sargent buried Oakes 39-6. In ND 9-man play, #1 Thompson crunched #3 Cavalier 28-6; #2 Shiloh Christian swamped Central McLean 56-20; 4th-rated North Prairie demolished Dunseith 74-20; 5th-ranked New Salem-Almont-Glen Ullin disposed of Mott-Regent 30-16; Richardton-Taylor-Hebron defeated Drake-Anamoose 22-12; Hettinger-Scranton humbled Bowman County 24-0; Grant County-Flasher beat Beach 24-14; and Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter slammed South Border 42-8.  Additionally, New Rockford-Sheyenne destroyed Drayton-Valley-Edinburgh 60-nil; St. John nipped Towner-Granville-Upham 34-32; Linton-HMB shut out Strasburg-Zeeland 30-0; Divide County romped over Ray 58-18; Hankinson pulled away from Richland 30-12; Hatton-Northwood outpointed Finley-Sharon-Hope-Page 42-26; and North Star helf off North Border 44-36. In the AA division, top-ranked Bismarck St. Mary's breezed by #5 Dickinson Trinity 43-7; #2 Beulah blasted Turtle Mountain 56-16; 3rd-rated Kindred trounced Lisbon 49-8; #4 Fargo Shanley gouged Grafton 49-14; Central Cass decisioned Maple Valley-Enderlin 29-8; Hillsboro-Central Valley whitewashed Wahpeton 22-zip; and Watford City surprised Valley City 14-10. In AAA showdowns, #1 West Fargo blitzed Grand Forks Red River 41-8; #5 Century steamrolled #2 Legacy 55-6; 3rd-ranked Minot overwhelmed Mandan 56-0; and 4th-rated Bismarck whipped Williston 31-13. Elsewhere, Dickinson downed Jamestown 18-0; Fargo Davies trimmed West Fargo Sheyenne 30-28; Fargo South dumped Fargo North 38-14; and Devils Lake rallied to survive Grand Forks Central 27-20. In Class B volleyball early last week, 3-0 victors were Beulah, Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter, Garrison-Max, Grant County, and Glen Ullin-Hebron, over Beach, Shiloh Christian, Turtle Lake-Mercer-McClusky, Washburn, and Killdeer, respectively. Claiming 3-1 wins were Drake-Anamoose, Edgeley-Kulm, and Mott-Regent, at the expense of Bottineau, Kidder County, and Beach, respectively. In a tight, competitive Region 7 encounter, Dickinson Trinity outlasted Hazen on the road, 3-2. Then heading into the weekend, two invitational tourneys were staged in Dickinson and Bismarck, with the Queen City extravaganza drawing teams from as far away as Billings, MT. Last fall's Class A state champion, Century, won the Dickinson tourney title with a 2-1 victory over cross-town rival Legacy. Set scores were 17-25, 25-18, & 25-19. In Bismarck's Shiloh Christian tournament, South Border claimed top honors by virtue of a 2-0 sweep (25-22 & 25-23) at the expense of Flasher. Finally, on the prep cross-country scene, several North Dakota squads participated in the prestigious Roy Griak Invitational Meet held on the Univeristy of Minnesota campus in the Twin Cities this past Saturday. North Dakota's highest-placing boys' teams were Bismarck and Williston; the Demons notched a 15th-place finish and the Coyotes a 16th-place position, behind a top-five aggregate of squads consisting of Wayzata (MN), Claremont (CA), Millard West (NE), Dowling Catholic (IA), and Sioux Falls (SD). North Dakota's top individual finisher was Fargo Davies' Hunter Lucas who clocked a 5K time of 17:03, good for 13th place, while Williston's Leif Everson nabbed 16th place with a time of 17:11. On the girls' side of the ledger, Grand Forks Central and and Fargo Davies finished 15th & 16th, respectively, in the team standings (the champion was Edina out of Minnesota), with Central's Karly Ackley earning a runner-up individual finish. She completed the 5K course in 18:58, 20 seconds behind winner Lexy Halliday of Mountain View (CA).

Filed by Veteran KDKT Sportscaster Jeff Baranick

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