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Bison Power Past Iowa State 34-14 for FCS-Record 25th Straight Win
Fargo -- John Crockett rushed for 138 yards and three touchdowns to power North Dakota State to its FCS- and school-record 25th straight victory 34-14 at Iowa State on Saturday, Aug. 30. Carson Wentz was 18 of 28 passing for 204 yards in his first career start for NDSU, which scored 34 unanswered points to beat its fifth straight Football Bowl Subdivision opponent. Wentz completed passes to eight different players with wide receiver Zach Vraa making seven catches for 82 yards and tight end Kevin Vaadeland totaling four catches for 48 yards. Iowa State led 14-0 after Aaron Wimberly scored his second touchdown on a 3-yard run early in the second quarter, but Crockett went a career-long 80 yards on NDSU's next play to cut the lead to 14-7. Wentz hit Vraa on a 44-yard pass to set up Crockett's 1-yard TD run that tied the game 14-14 with 4:22 left in the second, and NDSU's Adam Keller kicked a 19-yard field goal to close out the first half. Keller added a 21-yard field goal, Crockett scored from 3 yards out, and Chase Morlock exploded for a career-long 66-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to close out the scoring. The Bison, with an entirely new offensive line, rolled up 503 total yards of offense to Iowa State's 253 and held an advantage in time of possession 35:47 to 24:13.  FULL STORY

SJSU Takes Down UND in Schweigert's Debut
Grand Forks -- San Jose State picked up a 42-10 victory over North Dakota in the season opener for both schools Thursday at Spartan Stadium. It was also the debut for head coach Bubba Schweigert, who led a UND team up against an Football Bowl Subdivision opponent for just the seventh time in program history. Unfortunately, the result was the same as the previous six against a foe from the highest level of NCAA football. All five of the Spartans’ offensive scoring drives were of eight plays or more as the home team controlled the game from the outset. SJSU had 406 yards of total offense, while allowing only 244 to UND. The visitors got 55 of those on their final drive as senior running back Jer Garman scored UND’s lone touchdown of the game on a 7-yard scamper with just over a minute to play. Finding the end zone provided a little boost for a team that will return to Grand Forks next Saturday for its home opener vs. Robert Morris. “There were some good things that we can take from tonight,” Schweigert said. “We have to take this thing one day at a time and keep getting better. We also made some mistakes and a lot of times it was about what we were doing and not necessarily what our opponent was doing.” FULL STORY

Blue Hawks Fall in Opener, 40-21
Dickinson – The Blue Hawks fell in their opening game of the season to Rocky Mountain College on Saturday (Aug. 30), by a score of 40-21. Dickinson State is now 0-1 on the season, while the Battlin' Bears are 1-0. The Blue Hawks fell behind 23-0 in the first quarter.  Ryan Steska put the first points on the board with a 22-yard field goal for Rocky. On the next drive for the Battlin' Bears, quarterback Bryce Baker found Cole Cattelan on a 15-yard pass that put Rocky up by 10. A fumble on the ensuing kickoff put Baker and company on the Blue Hawks' 19-yard line. Baker would run in for the score on the second play of the drive from 15 yards out. The next drive was more of the same for Rocky. Baker found Andre McCullouch on an 8-yard pass for the touchdown and a two-point conversion put the Bears up 23-0. At the start of the second quarter, Dickinson State quarterback Kaler Ray found wide receiver Josh Borm open on the left side for a 35-yard touchdown pass. The Blue Hawk defense was able to shut down the Bears in the second quarter, forcing two punts and one missed field goal. With 1:23 left to play in the half, Ray found Seth Ewoniuk open for an 18-yard touchdown pass, bringing the score to 23-14. The Bears would add a field goal and touchdown to stretch their lead to 33-14 in the third quarter, before the Blue Hawks struck again. This time, Ray was able to find JT Keith on a 24-yard pass for the touchdown.  FULL STORY

Great Night From the Offense Carries RedHawks by Canaries 10-4
Fargo – Behind a three-run third inning and a five-run eighth, the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks defeated the Sioux Falls Canaries 10-4 on Saturday night at Newman Outdoor Field in front of 3,406 fans. Frank Salerno put the RedHawks on the scoreboard with a loud crack of the bat. The very first pitch he saw from Joe Bircher to lead off the first inning was sent for a ride over the left field wall for the first home run of his professional career, giving the ‘Hawks an early 1-0 lead. However, that lead did not least more than three outs, as Chris Duffy led off the second inning in a similar fashion for the Canaries. The very first pitch he saw from Brian Ernst ended up in almost the same location as Salerno’s home run for a solo homer of his own, tying the game at 1-1. The RedHawks took their lead back in the bottom of that inning, when Travis Higgs opened up the inning with a double, and Zach Penprase’s base hit to the right field plated Higgs for a 2-1 lead. Without an answer from the Canaries, the Fargo’s line-up piled on three runs in the bottom of the third. Salerno continued a good night with another lead-off base hit, this time a double. With one man out, Nic Jackson took a pitch to hit elbow, and a fielder’s choice for C.J. Retherford allowed Salerno to score (safe at home on an error by a shortstop, while Retherford reached on a fielder’s choice). Back to-back to back hits by Brandon Tripp (one RBI), Travis Higgs (another RBI) and Michael Thompson changed the score to 5-1 for the ‘Hawks.  FULL STORY
Tim Mueller Hired as BSC Soccer Coach
Bismarck -- BSC Athletic Department welcomes Tim Mueller as the head women's and men's soccer coach at Bismarck State College. Coach Mueller was hired following the retirement of Mel Fischer.Coach Mueller is originally from Minot, ND. He graduated from Minot State University with a degree in business administration and a minor in psychology. Tim coached both boys and girls at St. Mary’s Central High School in Bismarck for 17 years.He led the Saints girls’ teams to five state championship games and the boys’ teams to two state championship games.  FULL STORY

By Jeff Baranick
-- North Dakota prep football game action started with a bang this past week as August concluded its run on the calendar. KDKT Sports Radio featured a whirlwind of three games on its broadcast schedule over the course of five days, sandwiching the ever-popular and highly scrutinized Coal Bowl showdown between Hazen and Beulah between a pair of 9-man contests involving Richarton-Taylor-Hebron. In the first of those RTH matchups last Tuesday evening, the Raiders mauled Mott-Regent 52-12; but then on Saturday night they got routed by Region 4 juggernaut Shiloh Christian 47-18. Leading the charge for the victorious Skyhawks from Bismarck was Sr RB Blake Emmel who accounted for nearly 200 yards of total offense and notched 3 touchdowns and an interception. On the other side, RTH Jr RB Denver Colgrove amassed 160 rushing yards and a TD on just 7 carries. Meanwhile, in the 35th renewal of the annual Coal Country gridiron clash involving Hazen and Beulah, the Bison--two-time defending state champions in Class A football--outlasted the AA Miners 14-6. Tallying touchdowns for Hazen were Soph FB Wyatt Carr on a 2-yard dive and Sr RB Hunter Steffan on an 81-yard pass reception from Sr QB Connor Doll. Beulah's lone score was a 3-yard scamper into the endzone by Jr quarterback Casey Walcker. The Miners' did maneuver the ball on their last possession from their own 13-yardline to the Bison 15 in the game's final 1:30 before running out of time and being saddled with their 2nd consecutive Coal Bowl setback. In other weekend games, Class A Killdeer rolled over AA Dickinson Trinity 44-27, AA Watford City blanked Class A Heart River 33-zip, Garrison-Max slammed Surrey 40-12, Lewis & Clark-Our Redeemer's humbled Southern McLean 40-7, Carrington eased past Harvey-Wells County 26-14, and New Salem-Glen Ullin rallied in the 4th quarter to nip Kidder County 16-14. In a hugely hyped AA showdown in Fargo--a rematch of a state playoff semifinal staged last November at Sid Cichy Stadium--the defending state champion Bismarck St. Mary's Saints clipped the Fargo Shanley Deacons 28-27 in two overtimes. Additionally, on Saturday night, Mott-Regent trounced Trenton-Trinity Christian 56-6; Towner - Granville - Upham (TGU) pummeled Parshall-White Shield 64-6; defending state 9-man runner-up Westhope-Newburg-Glenburn (WNG) spanked Kenmare-Bowbells-Burke Central 38-12; last year's 9-man champion Cavalier crushed Benson County 56-0; Grant County-Flasher blitzed Bowman County 32-0; South Border slipped past Strasburg-Zeeland 18-8; Des Lacs-Burlington nudged North Prairie 20-19; and Central McLean prevailed over Williams County 24-8. Another Saturday game from the 9-man ranks (in Region 4), Beach v. Hettinger-Scranton, was suspended after the 3rd quarter due to a nasty thunderstorm that struck North Dakota's extreme southwest region in the late-evening hours. The host Nighthawks were leading the Beach Bucs 32-20 at the time the contest was called. Game action will resume this Tuesday night in Hettinger. The 2014 prep gridiron campaign actually debuted earlier in the week on Tuesday night with a plethora of 9-man matchups. The aforementioned Shiloh Christian Skyhawks scorched Center-Stanton 66-14 at Miller Field in the Capital City; Beach trampled Trenton-Trinity Christian 66-26; TGU dumped Drake-Anamoose 52-14; North Star outpaced New Rockford-Sheyenne 47-30; North Prairie blasted Bottineau 48-7; New Town whitewashed Parshall-White Shield 18-0; and Grant County-Flasher hammered Hettinger-Scranton 54-26. Elsewhere, Strasburg-Zeeland breezed by Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter 22-6 and WNG disposed of Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood 28-8. In an intriguing interdivisional pairing, Cavalier coasted by AA Kindred 26-6. At the AAA level, Bismarck sprinted past Grand Forks Red River 52-29, Fargo Davies roughed up Bismarck Century 35-12, defending state champion Fargo South cruised by Mandan 38-18, and Dickinson got upended by AA Valley City 20-14. On this week's prep gridiron scene, KDKT's featured game is a Class A Region 4 tilt pairing the Southern McLean Roughriders with the Hazen Bison. Kickoff at Bison Field in Coal Country is scheduled for 7:00 pm CDT, with pre-game commentary commencing at 6:30. Prep volleyball also debuted last week in both the Class A & Class B ranks. The Capital City hosted the annual, two-day BHS-CHS Invitational for A schools, with the Century Patriots being the only squad to go undefeated in all of its matches. The Pats were a perfect 7-0 over the weekend. In Class B play, Underwood, Turtle Lake-Mercer-McClusky, and Grant County recorded 3-0 sweeps over New Town, Drake-Anamoose, and Richardton-Taylor, respectively, while Flasher downed Mott-Regent 3-1. On the Class B prep cross-country landscape, Bowman hosted an invitational meet late last week, with the Beulah-Hazen boys' team--ranked 2nd in the state--coming away with the team title.  More specific results, team- and individual-wise, were not available at the time of this writing.

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