There is a full slate of North Dakota football games this Friday with all four divisions playing under the lights, but here are three games I decided to breakout from the pack and preview in depth:
1. CLASS 2A – Kindred (1-0) at No. 1 Minot Ryan (1-0), 6 p.m.
The Vikings make the long trip to Minot on Friday to play the No. 1-ranked Lions, who are coming off a 20-0 abbreviated win over Velva last week. … Minot Ryan tied with Bismarck St. Mary’s for No. 1 in the first poll of the season and looks to be one of the top teams in the Class 2A West Region. … Kindred opened the season with a blowout win over the West Fargo Sheyenne junior varsity and will enter Friday without having played a game for 10 days. … Last year’s meeting between the two teams ended with the Vikings earning a 28-22 win over the Lions (ranked No. 5 at the time) in Kindred. … Eric Bachmeier was the player of the game rushing for 210 yards on 27 carries and three touchdowns. In addition, Bachmeier also returned a kickoff for a touchdown. … Minot Ryan’s Austin Eggl didn’t play at quarterback in that game until the second half and finished 18 of 26 passing for 172 yards. Fast forward a year and the Bachmeier-Eggl showdown is once again set. It stands to be an interesting game.
2. CLASS 3A – No. 3 Fargo South (1-0) at No. 2 Bismarck Century, 7 p.m. (Community Bowl)
Two ranked teams clash in Class 3A clash in Week 2 of the season. … The Bruins are coming off a 48-14 win over Mandan in Week 1 and the Patriots opened their season with a 46-7 win on the road at Fargo Davies. … South’s last meeting with Century was a 16-13 loss at home in the Class 3A semifinals. Both the Bruins and Patriots can rack up yards and points so this could wind up being a shootout. In regards to returning experience, I give a slight edge to South. … This however will be a big road test for the Bruins early on in the 2013 season.
3. CLASS 3A – No. 1 Bismarck (1-0) at West Fargo (0-1), 7 p.m.
The defending Class 3A champions come to West Fargo armed with an 18-game winning streak. … West Fargo happens to be the last team that gave that winning streak a test when it was up 8-7 on the Demons in the fourth quarter of last season’s semifinals matchup. … The Demons ultimately won that game and completed a 12-0 season a week later with a 20-0 win over Bismarck Century in the state championship game. … West Fargo received votes in the opening 3A poll, but has started the season 0-1 after a 27-0 loss to Minot last week. Bismarck scored a 28-0 win over Grand Forks Red River in Week 1. … Noah DuBord carried the ball 12 times for 136 yards and two touchdowns for the Demons.
Here is a composite schedule for Friday’s action (teams in The Forum’s coverage area)
Devils Lake at Grand Forks Red River, 7 p.m.
Minot at Fargo Davies, 7 p.m.
Fargo North at Fargo Shanley (2A), 7 p.m.
Fargo South at Bismarck Century, 7 p.m.
Grand Forks Central at Dickinson, 8 p.m.
Bismarck at West Fargo, 7 p.m.
Mandan at Jamestown, 7 p.m.
Williston at Sidney Mont.
Central Cass at Beulah, 7 p.m.
Ederlin-Maple Valley at Griggs-Barnes County, 7 p.m.
Fargo North (3A) at Fargo Shanley, 7 p.m.
Kindred at Minot Ryan, 6 p.m.
Bismarck St. Mary’s at Lisbon, 7 p.m.
Valley City at Dickinson Trinity, 6 p.m.
Turtle Mountain at Wahepton, 7 p.m.
Ellendale-E-K at Oakes, 7 p.m.
Kidder County at Northern Cass, 7 p.m.
Milnor-North Sargent at Hillsboro-Central Valley, 7 p.m.
Langdon-Munich at Mayville-Port-CG, 7 p.m.
Harvey Wells County at Lewis & Clark-Our Redeemers, 7 p.m.
Linton-HMB at Carrington, 7 p.m.
Fargo Oak Grove at Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter, 7 p.m.
North Star at F-S-H-P, 7 p.m.
Sargent Central at Hankinson, 7 p.m.
Wyndmere-Lidgerwood at LaMoure-L-M, 7 p.m.
Benson County at New Rockford-Sheyenne, 7 p.m.
Richland at South Border, 7 p.m.
Hope everyone enjoys Friday night! I’ll be covering the Bismarck-West Fargo game.