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Thursday

  • 9-man, Section 8 championship: No. 4 Kittson County Central vs. No. 3 Win-E-Mac, 12:30 p.m.
  • 9-man, Section 6 championship: No. 5 Norman County East-Ulen-Hitterdal vs. No. 2 Nevis, 3 p.m.
  • Class 3A, Section 8 championship: No. 1 Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton vs. No. 2 Pequot Lakes, 5:30 p.m.
  • Class 1A, Section 8 championship: No. 1 Mahnomen vs. No. 2 Fosston, 8 p.m.

Friday

  • 9-man, Section 4 championship: No. 1 Verndale (9-1) vs. No. 2 Underwood (9-1), 12:30 p.m.
  • Class 1A, Section 6 championship: No. 1 Upsala-Swanville (10-0) vs. No. 2 Royalton (9-1), 3 p.m.
  • Class 2A, Section 6 championship: No. 1 Ottertail Central (9-1) vs. No. 2 Holdingford (7-3), 5:30 p.m.
  • Class 2A, Section 8 Championship: No. 1 Hawley (9-0) vs. No. 2 Frazee (9-1), 8 p.m.

ND Class 3A football quarterfinals set for Oct. 31

FARGO – The North Dakota Class 3A football playoff brackets were finalized this past Friday night and the aftermath is four quarterfinals matchups that will take place on Halloween (Oct. 31). Below are quick-hitting facts and stats for each of the 3A quarterfinal games:

TRICK OR TREAT!

GAME 1: DICKINSON (3-5) at FARGO DAVIES (8-1)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday
Site: Davies High School
Seeds: Midgets are the No. 4 seed of the West Region and the Eagles are the No. 1 seed from the East Region.
Facts and stats: Davies – in its fifth season as a program – is making its third appearance in the state playoffs. … The No. 2-ranked Eagles are 0-2 in its previous playoff appearances losing in the quarterfinals to Bismarck in 2011 and Bismarck Century last fall at home. … This will be the first-ever meeting between the two schools. … Dickinson’s last playoff appearance was in 2012. … The Midgets lost 43-7 to Fargo South in the quarterfinals that year.

GAME 2: FARGO SOUTH (7-2) at BISMARCK CENTURY (4-4)

Kickoff: 4:30 p.m. Friday
Site: Community Bowl
Seeds: The Bruins are the No. 3 seed from the East Region and the Patriots are the No. 2 seed from the West Region
Facts and stats: No. 4-ranked South has not played a road playoff game since 2011. … The Bruins last road playoff game was against Century – the Patriots won that contest 21-7. … South defeated Century 43-20 in Bismarck on Sept. 6 this season. … Since 2004, South and Century have met eight times in the playoffs with South holding the 6-2 advantage in those meetings. … Century has won the last two playoff meetings between the two schools. … In addition to the 2011 quarterfinals win, the Patriots also defeated the Bruins 16-13 at South High School in 2012 during the semifinals. … South has an all-time playoffs record of 65-19.

GAME 3: GRAND FORKS RED RIVER (6-3) at BISMARCK (8-0)

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. Friday
Site: Community Bowl
Seeds: The Roughriders are the No. 4 seed from the East Region and the Demons are the No. 1 seed from the West Region.
Facts and stats: The No. 1-ranked Demons have regrouped nicely since the 3A championship loss the Fargo South last November. … Bismarck is averaging 51.75 points per game. … The Demons are 7-2 all-time against the Roughriders. … No. 5-ranked Red River is on a five-game winning streak entering the playoffs including a win against No. 2-ranked Fargo Davies. … Bismarck defeated Red River 52-29 on Aug. 29 in the season opener at the Community Bowl.

GAME 4: MINOT (5-3) at WEST FARGO (6-3)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday
Site: West Fargo High School
Seeds: The Magicians are the No. 3 seed from the West Region and the Packers are the No. 2 seed from the East Region.
Facts and stats: The No. 3-ranked Packers feature one of the best defenses in the state and have only allowed opponents an average of 9.56 points per game. … The Packers have recorded three shutouts this season. … Minot defeated West Fargo 20-12 on Aug. 29 in the season opener at West Fargo High School. … Jay Gibson is in his 24th year as head coach of the Packers and during his tenure West Fargo is 7-4 against the Magicians. … The last time Minot and West Fargo met in the playoffs was Oct. 26, 2012 – a quarterfinals matchup at the Fargodome that the Packers won 21-14.

Tom Mix is the North Dakota high schools sports reporter at The Forum. He has been working at The Forum since 2009 and has been covering the ND prep sports beat since 2012. Mix can be reached at tmix@forumcomm.com. Follow Mix on Twitter @MixMaster_TGM.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Central Cass, Valley City to play for final Class 2A East Region football playoff spot

FARGO – The regular season of North Dakota Class 2A football division wraps up Friday night and there is one playoff spot yet to be determined in the 2A East Region.

Fargo Shanley, Wahpeton and Grafton have all clinched playoff spots. The two teams vying for the final playoff spot are Central Cass and Valley City and here is the kicker: The Hi-Liners host the Squirrels at 7 p.m. Friday night.

One game. Winner take all. It all comes down to that.

Below is a composite schedule of the four games going on in the East Region of Class 2A:

Central Cass at Valley City, 7 p.m.
Wahpeton at Enderlin-Maple Valley, 7 p.m.
Fargo Shanley at Lisbon, 7 p.m.
Kindred at Grafton, 7 p.m.

Central Cass junior Grady Bresnahan, right, passed for five touchdowns in the Squirrels’ 41-0 win against Lisbon last Saturday. Forum file photo

Here is what has been determined so far in regards to seeding in the East Region:

NO. 1 SEED: Class 2A No. 2-ranked Fargo Shanley (7-1, 6-0 East Region) has clinched the No. 1 seed. The Deacons hold a tiebreaker with second-place Wahpeton.

NO. 2 SEED: Class 2 A No. 3-ranked Wahpeton (7-1, 5-1 East Region) has clinched the No. 2 seed. Wahpeton’s only loss this fall is against Fargo Shanley. The Huskies hold a tiebreaker with third-place Grafton.

NO. 3 SEED: Grafton (5-3, 4-2 East Region) has clinched the No. 3 seed.  The Spoilers hold tiebreakers against Central Cass and Valley City.

NO. 4 SEED: Winner of Central Cass-Valley City game will be the No. 4 seed. Central Cass and Valley City both hold tiebreakers against Kindred.

Central Cass is coming off a 41-0 win against Lisbon last Saturday. Valley City lost 40-13 to Fargo Shanley at Sid Cichy Stadium.

Tom Mix is the North Dakota high schools sports reporter at The Forum. He has been working at The Forum since 2009 and has been covering the ND prep sports beat since 2012. Mix can be reached at tmix@forumcomm.com

Seeding only matter left unsettled in ND Class 3A East Region football

FARGO – The North Dakota Class 3A and 2A regular seasons come to a close on Friday night. Playoff seeding for both classes will be finalized this weekend and in this blog post I’ll examine the 3A football seeding scenarios in the East Region.

After eight games played this much has been determined:

1. Fargo South, Fargo Davies and West Fargo are all tied for first place in the Eastern Dakota Conference with 5-1 conference records. Grand Forks Red River has a 4-2 conference record. All four teams will represent the East Region in the 3A state playoffs next week.

2. Fargo Davies – ranked No. 2 in the Class 3A football poll – is in the driver’s seat to earn the No. 1 seed from the East Region in the upcoming 3A state playoffs, which begin Oct. 31. Davies owns head-to-head tiebreakers with South and West Fargo. The Eagles also could clinch a share of Eastern Dakota Conference championship on Friday with a win against Fargo North

3. If Davies defeats North on Friday night, the game between No. 3 Fargo South and No. 4 West Fargo will end up being a battle for the East Region’s No. 2 seed for the 3A playoffs. The loser would be the No. 3 seed. The winner of the Fargo South-West Fargo would also share the EDC title with Davies.

4. Grand Forks Red River holds a tiebreaker with Fargo North after defeating the Spartans 53-14 last Friday. The No. 5-ranked Roughriders will be the East Region’s No. 4 seed if Davies ends up defeating Fargo North and would then play No. 1-ranked Bismarck in the 3A quarterfinals at the Community Bowl next Friday at a time to be determined.

5. Davies does not hold a tiebreaker against Red River and if the Eagles lose and the Roughriders defeat Grand Forks Central then things get really complicated.

As far as the EDC championship:

1. The EDC championship will be shared if Davies defeats North. Davies would then share the title with the winner of the South-West Fargo game.

2. The only way the EDC championship can be won outright be one school is if Davies were to lose to Fargo North. Then the winner of the Fargo South-West Fargo game would be crowned the outright champions of the EDC.

Tom Mix is the North Dakota high schools sports reporter at The Forum. He has been working at The Forum since 2009 and has been covering the ND prep sports beat since 2012. Mix can be reached at tmix@forumcomm.com

 

First round playoff pairings for ND Class 1A and 9-man football are set

FARGO – The North Dakota 9-man and Class 1A football playoffs begin this Saturday. Here are the first-round playoff pairings:

9-Man
First round
Saturday
1) R2 No. 4 North Star at R1 No. 1 LaMoure-Litchville-Marion, 1:30 p.m. (Game played in LaMoure)

2) R1 No. 3 Richland at R2 No. 2 Hatton-Northwood, 1:30 p.m (Game played in Hatton)

3) R1 No. 4 South Border at R2 No. 1 Cavalier, 2 p.m.

4) R2 No. 3 Thompson at R1 No. 2 Hankinson, 1:30 p.m.

5) R4 No. 4 Mott-Regent at R3 No. 1 Towner-Granville-Upham, 2 p.m. (Game played in Towner)

6) R3 No. 3 St. John at R4 No. 2 Richardton-Taylor-Hebron, 2 p.m.

7) R3 No. 4 Divide County at R4 No. 1 Bismarck Shiloh Christian, 2 p.m.

8) R4 No. 3 Grant County-Flasher at R3 No. 2 Westhope-Newbrug-Glenburn, 2 p.m.

Class 1A
First round
Saturday
1) R2 No. 4 May-Port-CG at R1 No. 1 Oakes, 2:30 p.m.

2) R1 No. 3 Linton-HMB at R2 No. 2 No. Park River-Fordville-Lankin, 2 p.m. (Game played in Park River)

3) R1 No. 4 Hillboro-Central Valley at R2 No. 1 Larimore, 3 p.m.

4) R2 No. 3 North Prairie at R1 No. 2 Carrington, 1:30 p.m.

5) R4 No. 4 New Salem-Glenn Ullin at R3 No. 1 Rugby, 3:30 p.m.

6) R3 No. 3 Harvey-Wells County at R4 No. 2 Killdeer 1:30 p.m.

7) R3 No. 4 Des Lacs-Burlington at R4 No. 1 Hazen, 1:30 p.m.

8) R4 No. 3 Heart River at R3 No. 2 Lewis and Clark-Our Redeemer’s, 2 p.m.

Tom Mix is the North Dakota high schools sports reporter at The Forum. He has been working at The Forum since 2009 and has been covering the ND prep sports beat since 2012. Mix can be reached at tmix@forumcomm.com

State champion contendors in Minnesota football

With the playoffs beginning today, here’s a look at the football teams in the area with the best chance of winning a state title.

 

FAVORITES

Mahnomen (8-0)

Mahnomen has plenty of reason for pride with the longest active winning streak in the state heading into the 2014 playoffs. Photo by David Samson/Forum

Until Mahnomen proves otherwise, Class 1A belongs to the Indians. They’ve won 36 straight games and two straight state titles. They’ve been ranked No. 1 in the AP polls every week except one.

The Indians have outscored teams 361-40 this season with the closest game being a 21-point win against Fosston in Week 3. Fosston is the No. 2 seed in Class 1A, Section 8, so the Indians’ fifth straight section title seems imminent.

The health of quarterback Tom Pavek is big for the Indians. They proved this season they can win without him, but they can roll teams with him.

 

Hawley (8-0)

Hawley is look for its first team state title to call their own. Photo by Dave Samson/Forum

This is what the Nuggets have been waiting for. Even last season when the Nuggets were good enough to make it to the Class 2A quarterfinals, they still had this season in the back of their heads with returning seniors all over the field.

Their offensive line is healthy with senior Logan Alm back. Senior Cody Cook has been a monster defensively with 42 tackles, 5.5 sacks, 13 tackles for loss on the season.

Quarterback Jordan Harms and tight end/North Dakota State commit Ben Ellefson are seniors. Running back Dillon Omberg is a senior.

Omberg’s health is the one question heading into the playoffs. He hurt his ankle in Week 7, didn’t play Week 8, but is practicing again this week. Coach Peder Naatz says he isn’t sure if or how much Omberg will play in the section semifinals.

If it ends up being Hawley-Frazee in the section title game, the Nuggets will need Omberg.

 

Waubun (8-0)

This is the Waubun offense behind Jordan Spaeth (left) and Ryan Weber (right). All teams know it. No team has stopped it. Photo by Dave Wallis/Forum

Teams simply can’t stop Waubun’s read-option offense with Jordan Spaeth at QB and Ryan Weber at running back.

When Norman County East-Ulen-Hitterdal somewhat stopped it, the Bombers proved they could adjust. That was the only game Waubun ever trailed in this season.

There’s a lot of talk about the read-option offense, but the defense, behind Weber and Dairus Woods-Steichen, has given up 47 points all season.

Bombers haven’t won a section title since 2007.

 

CONTENDERS

Moorhead (7-1)

Jade Lawrence leads Moorhead into the playoffs Saturday. Photo by David Samson/Forum

Cody Dorow has made the Moorhead offense balanced in his first year ever playing football this season. Photo by David Samson/Forum

Getting to the section title game is what Moorhead coach Kevin Feeney does. He’s been at Moorhead for four years, been to four section title games and won two of them. He even did that last season when the Spuds had lost 31 seniors from the season before.

Last season’s team was young. This season’s Spuds are experienced. And the scary thing is, the Spuds have a lot of juniors.

There’s no looking toward next season for running back Jade Lawrence, wide receiver Cody Dorow. They are the playmakers for the Spuds and this is it for these two seniors, along with Ben Lien, Brandon Bundgaard, Ethan Marquart and Brady Emerson, all of which are big pieces to Moorhead.

Moorhead was cruising through the season until a 56-21 loss to Brainerd. Questions began and the Spuds answered them with a 52-25 win over Bemidji.

So Bemidji destroyed Brainerd 40-14, Brainerd destroyed Moorhead and Moorhead destroyed Bemidji. Lucky for Moorhead, the Spuds wouldn’t seen any Class 5A, Section 7 team until the state title game and the Spuds would gladly take that.

Spuds will most likely have to get by a Sartell team they haven’t faced this season. The Sabres, however, lost to Bemidji 31-0.

 

Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton (6-2)

D-G-F’s defense has given up eight points in its last three games. Photo by Mike Vosburg/Forum

D-G-F does what’s big with the weather this time of year. The Rebels run the ball and play defense. The Rebels have given up eight points in their last three games, including a 13-0 shutout at Pequot Lakes, who the Rebels will most likely see in the section championship.

The Rebels have 1,842 yards rushing and 21 touchdowns on the ground between Brandon Wayne, Alex Matthews and Joe Flatt.

D-G-F hasn’t won back-to-back section titles since Dilworth did it in 1988 and 1989.

 

Ottertail Central (7-1)

This was the scene last season when Holdingford knocked off Ottertail in the section championship game. Bulldogs are looking for redemption. Photo by David Samson/Forum

The Bulldogs have won seven straight and given up 18 points in those seven games. OTC will probably have to get by Holdingford in the section title game.

The two haven’t faced this season, but OTC will be out for revenge after losing to Holdingford in last season’s section title game.

 

Verndale (7-1)

Dillon Card (right) will lead Verndale to possible redemption over last season’s section championship loss. Photo by David Samson/Forum

Pirates remember this feeling. They’ve waited to redeem last season’s 13-12 loss on the final play of regulation to Underwood in the section championship since it happened.

Behind quarter back Dillon Card and running back Colter Ehrmantraut the Pirates can do just that. They’ve already beaten Underwood this season 14-13 in overtime. It’s shaping up for a rematch.

 

SLEEPERS

Underwood (7-1)

It was this extra point at the end of regulation that ended Verndale’s season in a 13-12 loss to Underwood with state on the line. Photo by David Samson/Forum

The Rockets one loss is a 14-13 loss in overtime to Underwood. That was in Week 2. In Week 7, Underwood beat a Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley team 40-0 on the road a week after C-G-G beat Verndale 28-8.

The Rockets went to the state title game last season behind the running game of Noah Thompson. Now, the Rockets have Thompson and Dylan Kalenze with Justin Masloski. It’s a tough trio to stop.

Big problem for Underwood is they will have to go through Wheaton-Herman-Norcross to get to Verndale. Verndale and Underwood were separated by 0.2 in the QRF, but Verndale owned the tiebreaker thanks to the 14-13 overtime win.

One point separated Underwood from a No. 1 seed. Verndale doesn’t feel bad for the Rockets. One point separated the Pirates from state last year.

 

Frazee (7-1)

Hesston Bachmann (right) will lead Frazee at QB and the Hornets want top-ranked Hawley in the section title game. Photo by Darren Gibbins/Forum

No team in Class 2A has been closer to knocking off top-ranked Hawley than the Hornets this season. It’s hard to beat a team twice.

With Hesston and Tanner Bachmann the Hornets can run with any team. If there’s a hiccup for Hawley on the road to state it would be Frazee in the section title game.

Frazee has wanted another chance at the Nuggets since their 25-12 loss to Hawley in which the Hornets had three drives inside the Nuggets 10-yard line go for zero points.

Frazee has not won a section title since 1990.

Chris Murphy can be reached at 701-241-5548 or cmurphy@forumcomm.com. Follow him on Twitter @SeeMurphsTweets for Minnesota prep updates and smart alecky remarks about sports, movies, music and life in general.

The X factors for each top-seeded area football team in Minnesota

These area top seeds need these guys to perform big on the playoff stage to get to the Minnesota football state tournament.

Cody Dorow/Jade Lawrence – Moorhead (Class 5A, Section 8)

Jade Lawrence leads the run game into the playoffs for the Spuds. Photo by Jun-Kai Teoh/St. Cloud Times

Cody Dorow has made it so teams must respect the pass for Moorhead. Photo by Dave Samson/Forum

The Moorhead offense runs on these two. Dorow has 36 catches for 555 yards and seven touchdowns in seven games for the Spuds in his first year every playing football. Lawrence has 91 carries for 1,061 yards and 22 total touchdowns for Moorhead. That’s 11.66 yards per carry.

 

Tony Ukkelberg/Nick Trosdahl- Ottertail Central (Class 2A, Section 6)

Nick Trosdahl (44) will lead the rushing attack/defense of Ottertail Central in the playoffs. Photo by Dave Wallis/Forum

OTC has won seven straight behind Ukkelberg at QB and Trosdahl leading the Bulldogs defense that has given up 18 points in those seven games and the running game.

Ukkelberg has thrown for 843 yards and 12 touchdowns, rushed for six touchdowns and returned a punt for a touchdown. Trosdahl has rushed for 684 yards and 19 total touchdowns for OTC.

 

Tom Pavek – Mahnomen (Class 1A, Section 8)

Tom Pavek hasn’t been healthy all season, but he has the chance to lead Mahnomen to its third straight state title. Photo by David Samson/Forum

The quarterback hasn’t been healthy all the season, but he has Mahnomen undefeated and in line to make a run at the Indians third straight state title and the second with him at quarterback.

Pavek has played in seven games, throwing for four touchdowns and rushing for 12 TDs and 833 yards on just 67 carries, mostly coming in the first half of games. That’s 12.4 yards per carry. Mahnomen can win if Pavek gets hurt, but they dominate with him even somewhat healthy.

 

Ben Ellefson/Dillon Omberg – Hawley (Class 2A, Section 8)

Ben Ellefson is the go-to guy for Hawley. Photo by Mike Vosburg/Forum

Hawley starting RB Dillon Omberg (ball) left Week 7′s game with an injury and hasn’t played since. The Nuggets will need him come playoff time. Photo by Mike Vosburg/Forum

The health of Omberg will alter the role of Ellefson. Omberg has 839 yards and nine touchdowns on 90 carries and two touchdowns and 115 yards on five catches. He was injured early in Week 7 and sat out Week 8. When he’s healthy, the Nuggets offense is a machine.

Ellefson – a North Dakota State tight end commit – hasn’t had massive numbers this season. He’s rushed for three touchdowns and 48 yards on 12 carries and caught 21 passes for 393 yards and five touchdowns. Where he has been a monster is at linebacker. He has 64.5 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 10 tackles for loss and one interception.

A healthy Omberg means Ellefson isn’t totally relied on offensively, which frees him up to run wild on defense. However, Ellefson is still the go-to target come crunch time. That’s what playoff time is.

 

Dillon Card/Colter Ehrmantraut – Verndale (Class 9-man, Section 4)

Dillon Card (right) will lead Verndale to possible redemption over last season’s section-championship loss. Photo by David Samson/Forum

The Pirates offense, which is averaging more than 34 points a game, runs through quarterback Dillon Card and running back Colter Ehrmantraut. Card was relied on heavily last season, but Ehrmantraut was able to take the burden off Card.

The two were both on the field last season when Underwood scored a touchdown to tie the game with no time remaining in the section championship. The Rockets won it with the extra point.

 

Jordan Spaeth/Ryan Weber – Waubun (Class 9-man, Section 6)

This is the Waubun offense behind Jordan Spaeth (left) and Ryan Weber (right). All teams know it. No team has stopped it. Photo by Dave Wallis/Forum

Spaeth and Weber have run the read-option offense to perfection this season. Spaeth has 694 yards and nine TDs on 93 carries to go along with 280 yards passing and six touchdowns and Weber has rushed for 903 yards and 10 touchdowns on 131 carries.

They not only hold the ball for Waubun, but the key to the state tournament.

 

Ben Nordmark/Ryan Cihak – Detroit Lakes (Class 4A, Section 8)

DL has two senior backs that can run the ball, but it could be a freshman that takes them to the top in Ben Nordmark. Photo by Brian Basham/DL Newpapers

With a backfield of seniors Sam Champa and Forrest Schleske, freshman Ben Nordmark could really change things for the Heart O’Lakes North champion Lakers. He leads the team in rushing and has been getting more carries each game and torched Pequot Lakes for 163 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries in the regular-season finale.

Cihak is the leading receiver for DL. He had a 90-yard punt return and a 29-yard TD catch in that win against Pequot Lakes. He keeps defenses from focusing completely on the DL run game.

 

Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton running game (Class 3A, Section 8)

D-G-F’s run game is getting going at the right time. Alex Matthews (ball) is a big part of a trio of Rebel runners. Photo by Mike Vosburg/Forum

There’s really no hiding what the Rebels do. They run the ball a lot behind Brandon Wayne, Alex Matthews and Joe Flatt.

Wayne has rushed for 716 yards and eight touchdowns on 112 carries, Matthews has 477 yards rushing, four rushing TDs and two receiving TDs without playing in the regular-season finale and Flatt has 649 yards and nine touchdowns on 97 carries. They even have a fourth option with Alex Fuchs.

 

Chris Murphy can be reached at 701-241-5548 or cmurphy@forumcomm.com. Follow him on Twitter @SeeMurphsTweets for Minnesota prep updates and smart alecky remarks about sports, movies, music and life in general.

West Fargo Sheyenne boys and girls cross country teams donate time to good cause

WEST FARGO – Today, in addition to preparing for the upcoming North Dakota high school cross country state meet, the West Fargo Sheyenne boys and girls cross country teams volunteered at the Great Plains Food Bank to package up food to be donated to people who need in the community.

Members of the West Fargo Sheyenne boys and girls cross country team helped package food at the Great Plains Food Bank on Friday morning. Submitted photo

Students across the state have had a few days off this week and it’s always good to see individuals take a little time to help out those in need.

West Fargo Sheyenne High School has implemented a “Day of Giving” program for its varsity athletic programs this year where teams go into the community and volunteer their time to a program/place of their choice.

Many athletic teams at high schools in the F-M metro area have participated in programs similar to one Sheyenne organized today and I figured it was a good time to recognize the efforts of the student-athletes, coaches and administrators who have pitched in for good causes.

Members of the West Fargo Sheyenne boys and girls cross country team helped package food at the Great Plains Food Bank on Friday morning. The group packaged a total of 6,000 pounds of food. Submitted photo

Sheyenne’s boys and girls cross country teams packaged a total of 6,000 pounds of food this morning. That’s 6,000 pounds of food that wasn’t organized into deliverable packages yesterday and no doubt that food will be going to good use as the Holiday season is approaching fast.

The Sheyenne boys cross country team is coached by Tyler Carlson and the Sheyenne girls cross country team is coached by Troy Thorson.

Tom Mix is the North Dakota high schools sports reporter at The Forum. He has been working at The Forum since 2009 and has been covering the ND prep sports beat since 2012. Mix can be reached at tmix@forumcomm.com

No. 2-ranked Oakes plays No. 5-ranked Carrington to decide Class 1A, Region football championship

FARGO – Like I alluded to in my post yesterday about Saturday’s prep football matchup between North Dakota Class 3A, No. 1-ranked Fargo South and No. 3-ranked Fargo Davies, there certainly is not a short supply of highly anticipated football games tomorrow.

Another meeting of ranked teams occurs in Class 1A where No. 2-ranked Oakes travels to No. 5-ranked Carrington in a showdown of undefeated Region 1 teams. Oakes and Carrington are both 7-0 overall and 6-0 in Region 1 play.

Oakes senior quarterback Bryce Meehl has passed for 1,125 yards and 15 touchdowns this season. Photo by David Samson / The Forum

Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Carrington High School and the winner of the game will earn the Region 1 championship and the highly coveted No. 1 seed for the 1A playoffs, which begin Oct. 25. Regardless of the outcome both teams have clinched a home playoff game next week.

These two teams have been on a collision course for several weeks and both have been ranked in the state 1A poll most of the season.

Something has to give on Saturday. Will the torrid Tornadoes keep their pace going heading into the postseason or will the cunning Cardinals claim the region crown.

Carrington has posted three shutouts this fall and are led on the defensive side of the ball by senior Easton Paeper, who has 42 tackles and junior Cole Ferguson, who checks in with 41 tackles.

Offensively the Cardinals feature a balanced run game led by senior running back Seth Abaurrea. Abaurrea, who also is a standout track and field and basketball athlete at Carrington, has rushed for 763 yards on 74 carries this fall. He is averaging 10.3 yards per carry and 109 yards per game. Abaurrea also has 13 touchdowns this fall.

Senior Brady Smith has passed for 611 yards and seven touchdowns. Smith has been efficient completing 61 percent of his passes (31 of 51), but will be going up a very tough Tornadoes secondary tomorrow.

Oakes defenders Bryce Meehl (7) and Ethan Zetocha defend a pass intended for Hillsboro-Central Valley’s Kyle Henningsgard Friday, Sept.26, 2014, in Hillsboro. David Samson / The Forum

Oakes has put together another solid season and it all has started with senior quarterback Bryce Meehl. Meehl (6-foot-1, 160 pounds) has passed for 1,125 yards and rushed for 454 yards this fall. He’s been especially consistent in the passing game throwing for over 100 yards in all seven of Oakes’ games this fall. Meehl has thrown for 15 touchdowns and is 61 of 96.

Meehl’s top targets are listed below:
1. Sr. Blake Hollingsworth (14 catches for 337 yards, 2 TDs)
2. Sr. Carter Zetocha (18 catches for 289 yards, 6 TDs)
3. Jr. Ethan Zetocha (17 catches for 275 yards, 4 TDs)

The Tornadoes also excel in the running game. That department is led by senior Erik Loepp. Loepp, who also is a standout wrestler at Oakes, has rushed for 813 yards and 16 touchdowns this season. He is averaging 116.1 yards per game and has been clicking of late posting three 100-yard games in a row.

Here are Loepp’s lines the last three games
vs. Milnor-North Sargent (151 yards, 3 TDs)
vs. Kidder County (112 yards, 3 TDs)
vs. Hillsboro-Central Valley (199 yards, 3 TDs)

Tom Mix is the North Dakota high schools sports reporter at The Forum. He has been working at The Forum since 2009 and has been covering the ND prep sports beat since 2012. Mix can be reached at tmix@forumcomm.com