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NDSU Football Claims 32nd Straight Win with 47-7 at South Dakota
Fargo -- Carson Wentz passed for three touchdowns and Adam Keller kicked four field goals to lead No. 1-ranked North Dakota State to a 47-7 win over South Dakota before a crowd of 9,823 at the DakotaDome on Saturday, Oct. 25. It was the 32nd straight victory for North Dakota State, which improved to 8-0 overall and 4-0 in the Missouri Valley Football Conference. South Dakota fell to 2-6 overall and 0-4 in the MVFC. Wentz was 14 of 26 for 231 yards and John Crockett led the rushing game with 23 carries for 123 yards. The Bison had dual 100-yard rushers for the first time this season with sophomore King Frazier getting a career-high 106 yards on only 10 carries. Freshman RJ Urzendowski led the NDSU air attack with four receptions for 107 yards and one touchdown. Sophomore linebacker Nick DeLuca made his first career start in place of Travis Beck, and DeLuca led the Bison defense with 12 tackles and an interception. Saturday's contest was the first missed game of Beck's career, with the senior having made 46 consecutive starts. Keller connected from 23 and 21 yards and the Bison went ahead 20-0 in the second quarter on a 10-yard rushing TD by Crockett and a 10-yard TD catch by Luke Albers.  FULL STORY

Friars Score Late to Salvage
Tie with No. 3 UND
Grand Forks -- Providence College hockey coach Nate Leaman left here Saturday night without a win for his team in either game of a key weekend nonconference series. Yet he also left proud of the effort of his team in tonight's 2-2 overtime tie after he expressed plenty of disappointment in how his team was outworked in Friday's 6-1 loss to homestanding North Dakota. "I'm disappointed we didn't come out with a win tonight,'' Leaman said, "but they're a good hockey team. I think they are very deserving of their ranking (No. 3 in the national polls). I think their defensemen are really tough to handle from the offensive standpoint.'' Providence, with a sellout crowd of 11,676 on hand in Ralph Engelstad Arena, pulled out the tie with 38.3 seconds left in regulation play after goalie Jon Gillies was pulled for a sixth attacker with 1:29 left. Junior center Nick Saracino, who had scored Providence's first goal, tipped in a point shot by Jake Walman past UND goalie Zane McIntyre glove side with time running out to set up the scoreless overtime period. Late in the first period, Saracini scored with just one second left on a 5-on-3 power play when he gathered a puck that bounced off the back wall to him at the side of the net, where he flipped it past McIntyre before he could cover the short side.  FULL STORY

Repeated Rallies Can’t Lift Bobcats
Bismarck – The Bismarck Bobcats twice erased leads—of one and two goals—but could never seize momentum, falling Thursday to the Minot Minotauros 6-4 at the VFW Sports Center. Just 3:31 into the game, Minot grabbed a 1-0 lead in transition as Blake Lizotte cashed in a 2-on-1 rush with Johnny Walker for his third goal of the year. Bobcat forward Jared Spooner dialed up a response with 11:04 to go in the first, slamming a one-timer past Tauros goalie Atte Tolvanen to knot the game at one. Minot was able to pull back ahead by a score of 2-1 a mere 2:01 after Spooner’s equalizer as veteran Jake Howie sliced through the Cats’ defense on a 3-on-3 rush and banked in a bad-angle shot in off Bobcat netminder Alex Bitsakis. A mis-play on a loose puck by the Bobcat defense turned into a 3-1 advantage for Minot, as Quinn Fuchs reached the puck and played it into the low slot for a rising one-timer that found the back of the net with 5:43 left in the first. After killing off three straight penalties in the second, the home side pulled to within 3-2 on Spooner’s second of the night: a low-slot deflection of a point shot by Cody Longie with 3:44 to go in the frame. Evan Giesler followed up Spooner’s strike 1:28 later, tying the game at three by swatting home a Matt Perry rebound.  FULL STORY

Marauders Recapture Paddle Trophy
Bismarck – Returning to the lineup after missing six games due to injury, University of Mary quarterback Zach Roberson recorded one of the best individual performances in Marauders history to help U-Mary recapture the Paddle Trophy. The junior tied a school record with six touchdown passes, ran for a score and threw for 460 yards in a 52-45 Marauders win over MSU Moorhead in the ninth Battle for the Paddle. Down one after the Dragons scored 28 straight points, Roberson found Elby Pope deep over the middle for a game-winning 45-yard scoring strike with 4:26 left in the game. Roberson completed 27-of-45 passes for 460 yards and six touchdowns without throwing an interception. He also gained five yards rushing, including a 3-yard scoring run for the Marauders opening points of the day. The six touchdown passes equals the mark of Paul Cronin in 1994 against Jamestown College. Roberson just missed Tim Garcia's mark of 473 yards passing in 2002 against Valley City Sate University. Pope proved to be the big beneficiary of Roberson's return, catching 11 passes for 169 yards and two scores. The receptions and yards are career-highs for the senior wideout. The efforts of Roberson and Pope outshined the day posted by Dragons reserve quarterback Demetrius Carr. The redshirt freshman ran for 208 yards and threw for 188 yards and a score. He would also toss two interceptions.  FULL STORY
Dickinson State Handles Comets
Dickinson -- Always take an opponent seriously. The Dickinson State football team cruised to a 40-7 over a struggling Mayville State on Saturday at the Biesiot Activities Center, but not without having struggles of its own. The Blue Hawk’s offense fell out of rhythm mid-game and couldn’t get anything going. “That’s what we were preaching: Don’t take them lightly, although they’re struggling,” said DSU Robert Sterling, who had a fumble recovery and an interception. “Coaches were saying, ‘Don’t play to their level,’ and we kind of did a few times but bounced back towards the end and had momentum.”  MORE 

By Jeff Baranick
-- North Dakota prep football has now reached its "second season" with the arrival of late October--as Class A & 9-man teams were involved in state playoff games this past weekend, and AA & AAA squads concluded regular-season action with playoff contests looming right around the corner. In an opening-round Class A post-season game that originated from Coal Country and that was carried live on KDKT Sports Radio, top-ranked Hazen remained unbeaten this season and over its past 28 outings by routing Des Lacs-Burlington 46-18. Leading the Bison scoring parade was Sr RB Hunter Steffan who burned the Lakers' defense for five touchdowns total, including four of the rushing variety. Steffan, who carried the rock 7 times for 134 yards, tallied scores on runs covering 32, 19, 16, & 49 yards and a pass reception of 22 yards. Also registering touchdown runs were Jr FB Jonah Zimmerman and Sr QB Connor Doll. Doll registered 131 rushing yards on 12 keepers and reached the endzone from 12 yards away. In defeat, Des Lacs-Burlington Sr quarterback Layton Erickson completed 20-of-32 pass attempts for nearly 200 yards, but had two aerial tosses intercepted. Additionally, Lakers' Sr RB Eric Knutson lugged the ball 23 times for 125 yards and a pair of TDs. Hazen now moves on to the state quarterfinals next Saturday, when it will host Lewis & Clark-Our Redeemer's (LC-OR) in a rematch of a quarterfinal collision from a year ago. The Bombers advanced to the showdown with Hazen by virtue of a 42-16 defeat of the Heart River Cougars this past Saturday. Elsewhere on the Class A gridiron playoff scene, #2 Oakes hammered Mayville-Portland-Clifford-Galesburg 42-14; 3rd-rated Rugby buried New Salem-Glen Ullin 49-2; 4th-ranked Killdeer humbled Harvey-Wells County 40-6; #5 Larimore held off Hillsboro-Central Valley 48-40; Carrington annihilated North Prairie 74-19; & Park River-Fordville-Lankin (PRFL) disposed of Linton-HMB 27-6. This week's quarterfinal-round pairings are as follows: PRFL @ Oakes; Carrington journeying to Larimore; Killdeer visiting Rugby; & Hazen hosting LC-OR. In 9-man post-season action from this past weekend, in a thriller played in Richardton, 5th-ranked Richardton-Taylor-Hebron (RTH) tallied a touchdown in the final six seconds to down St. John 58-50. Elsewhere in that division, top-ranked Cavalier demolished South Border 76-0; #2 Shiloh Christian pounded Divide County 38-8; 3rd-rated LaMoure-Litchville-Marion walloped North Star 56-12; #4 Towner-Granville-Upham (TGU) raced past Mott-Regent 56-22; Grant County-Flasher overwhelmed Westhope - Newburg - Glenburn 48-26; Richland rallied to defeat Hatton-Northwood 44-28; & Hankinson outlasted Thompson 28-18. Those results set up these quarterfinal matchups for this upcoming weekend:  Richland @ LaMoure-Litchville-Marion; Hankinson visiting Cavalier; TGU hosting RTH; and Shiloh Christian entertaining Grant County-Flasher. In a AA football regular-season finale called on KDKT Sports Radio this past Friday night, 4th-ranked Beulah blitzed Watford City on the road 34-8. The Miners' RB tandem of Sr Tanner Erickson and Jr Cory Alt combined for 224 rushing yards and four TDs on 27 carries. Beulah's decisive win improved its season-ledger to 7-2 and its regional mark to 6-1, as the Miners enter next weekend's playoff opener against visiting Grafton as the West Region's #2 seed. In other AA matchups last weekend, #1 Bismarck St. Mary's blasted #5 Minot Ryan 38-7 as standout Sr RB Noah Krebs toted the pigskin 33 times for 230 yards and 3 TDs; and Dickinson Trinity crushed Stanley-Powers Lake 50-0 behind four touchdown tosses recorded by Jr QB Willy Jahner. In AA East Region play, #2 Fargo Shanley pummeled Lisbon 41-6 and Central Cass outlasted Valley City 40-32. Besides the aforementioned Beulah v. Grafton tussle next Saturday afternoon, other AA playoff showdowns that day include Watford City visiting Fargo Shanley, Central Cass tangling with St. Mary's, and Minot Ryan colliding with #3 Wahpeton. In the AAA quarterfinals this upcoming Friday, top-ranked Bismarck hosts #5 Grand Forks Red River; Minot visits 4th-rated West Fargo; #3 Fargo South travels to Bismarck Century; & 2nd-ranked Fargo Davies entertains Dickinson. This past Saturday also witnessed Minot's staging of the North Dakota State Cross-country meet for Class A & Class B boys' & girls' squads. Repeating as state team champions in the B division were the New Town Eagle boys and the Hillsboro-Central Valley girls. The runner-up teams were Beulah-Hazen in the boys' competition and Southern McLean in the girls' race. Individual champions were Shiloh Christian's Elliott Stone (a repeat titlist) in the boys' division and Mayville - Portland - Clifford - Galesburg's Cailee Peterson in the girls' category. Stone's 5K time was 15:59.60, while Peterson clocked 14:33.5 for 4 kilometers. On the Class A side of things, the Bismarck Demon boys won their 10th-straight state crown and the Century Patriot girls claimed their first-ever team title. Runner-up to Bismarck was Fargo Davies and finishing second to Century was Grand Forks Central. The individual champions were Sam Clausnitzer of Bismarck in the boys' race and Karly Ackley of GF Central in the girls' competition. Clausnitzer turned in a 5K time of 15:32 while Ackley registered a 4K clocking of 13:57. Finally, on the Class B girls' volleyball scene this past week, Beulah seized a pair of 3-0 sweeps at the expense of Killdeer and Watford City. Also winning 3-0 matches were Hazen over Bowman County, Grant County over Mott-Regent, and Hettinger-Scranton at the expense of Lemmon, SD. Other West River volleyball victors last week were New England, Center-Stanton, Shiloh Christian, Washburn, Beach, and Wilton-Wing over Glen Ullin-Hebron, New Salem-Almont, Kidder County, Drake-Anamoose, Garrison-Max, Richardton-Taylor, and Standing Rock, respectively.

Filed by Veteran KDKT Sportscaster Jeff Baranick

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