First Down Friday: Dakota Bowl edition | INFORUM

By | November 14, 2020

Century dominates Sheyenne, 34-0, claims 2nd straight 3A title

FARGO — Bismarck Century is quickly becoming the standard bearer in 3A football.

In Dakota Bowl 28, the Patriots showed why in a rematch that was never close.

The return match from 2019’s title game again went the way of the Patriots, shutting out Sheyenne 34-0 to capture a second straight state crown.

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It was a first half of capitalizing for Century, which jumped out to a 24-0 lead going into the locker rooms. Sheyenne was hampered by penalties and mistakes, including a muffed kickoff by Barika Kpeenu that led to a Century touchdown.

Cade Garcia led the way for the reigning champions, rushing for 142 yards and two touchdowns. Kansas State commit Andrew Leingang was named Senior Athlete of the Year, and tallied an interception in the win.

Sheyenne quarterback Grant Warkenthien went 11-25 for 93 yards and one interception. The potent Mustang rushing attack was held to just 85 yards.

Century has won 22 games in a row, finishing a perfect 10-0 in 2020. Sheyenne suffers its only loss of the season, finishing 8-1.

St. Mary’s outlasts Beulah, 17-7, to win 2A state championship

FARGO — Bismarck St. Mary’s return to the Dakota Bowl ended in a slobber knocker, but it ended in victory.

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The Saints grinded out a 17-7 win over Beulah to take the 2A state title, it’s fifth in eight seasons.

The game was tied at 7 from late in the second quarter until 15 seconds left in the game, when Nick Schumacher kicked a 26-yard field goal to go up 10-7. A Miner attempt at a kick return miracle ended in a scoop and score for Isaac Vandal.

St. Mary’s quarterback Jackson Uhler scored the lone offensive touchdown for the Saints, totaling 160 yards as well.

Bismarck St. Mary’s finishes the season 11-0. Beulah ends at 8-3.

Lisbon can’t hold onto lead, falls to L-E-M in 1A Championship 42-28

FARGO — The Lisbon Broncos entered their first Dakota Bowl game in 13 years, looking to end Langdon-Edmore-Munich’s 37-game winning streak.

The Broncos jumped out ahead 20-8 behind a pair of interceptions by Robert Adam, a pick-six, and Caeden Sweet and with touchdowns on fourth-down conversion.

But the Cardinals stormed back. Simon Romfo racked up 265 total yards and three total touchdowns. His twin brother, Grant, amassed three total touchdowns himself

L-E-M extends its winning streak to 38 games.

Linton-HMB holds off undefeated Cavalier to capture 9-Man Championship 32-24

FARGO — The 9-Man championship a rematch of the 2019 semifinals. The Linton-HMB Lions looking to avenge that loss to Cavalier. Sandy Laxdal coaching his final game as head coach of the Tornadoes looking for an undefeated season.

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The Lions scored the game’s first 24 points. Landon Bosch scored the game’s first touchdown on a 35-yard catch and throw from senior quarterback Lucas Schumacher. Schumacher scored the first of his two touchdowns on a 30-yard run to make it 14-0 before the two-point conversion.

Cavalier began its comeback scoring 16-straight points in the third quarter. Quarterback Brannin Cleem scored both touchdowns, one a 2-yard run, the other a 13-yard run. But Linton would put it away. Schumacher’s second touchdown run came on a bootleg to the left side, walking in from 6 yards out to put the Lions ahead 32-18.

For the second year in a row, Cavalier falls in the state title game. The Lions capture their first state title since 2003.

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