I’m back in Fargo after a cold, windy afternoon at Gainor Field in Milnor, N.D. The North Dakota Class 1A semifinals matchup between Linton-HMB and Milnor-North Sargent went to overtime with the Bulldogs winning 12-6.
Milnor-North Sargent dominated throughout regulation, but Linton-HMB hung around and didn’t allow the Bulldogs to put the game away. Trailing 6-0 with just over three minutes left in regulation, the Lions got the break they’d been searching for.
A Wyatt Mund punt was blocked giving the Lions the ball at the Bulldogs’ 30-yard line.
Milnor-NS had shutdown Linton-HMB’s offense the entire afternoon, but the Lions got the tying score with 18.7 seconds when senior quarterback Brooks Flyberg floated a pass that found Ryan Schneider for a 15-yard touchdown.
I’m not aware if Linton-HMB has ever attempted an extra point kick this season, but with the wind howling against them there was no question the Lions would go for two on the road.
Flyberg’s pass on the conversion attempt was batted at the line and fell incomplete. It was a huge play for the Bulldogs defensive unit. There were many, but that one was the play of the game.
Milnor-NS tallied nine total sacks on the afternoon. Here is the breakdown of those sacks:
Wyatt Mund, Sr., DL: 4 (net loss of 42 yards) also had two forced fumbles
Dawson Peterson, Sr., DL: 3 (net loss of 29 yards)
Rahk Hansen, Soph., LB: 2 (net loss of 16 yards)
Mund sacked Flyberg on back-to-back plays on the Lions possession in overtime and forced the team to attempt its final play from the 38 yard line.
Though the Milnor-NS got punched in the gut giving up the TD, it earned its win by refusing the Lions anymore trips across the goal line.
Up next for the Bulldogs: The Dakota Bowl.