Kindred scores big in program's first football state championship win


November 12, 2021 3:00 pm

By Tom Mix
NDHSAA Media Specialist

FARGO – As far as Dakota Bowls go, Kindred had experienced playing on the big stage before, but winning a prep football state championship, that is something that had eluded the program.

Until Friday.

Kindred defeated No. 1-seeded and No. 1-ranked Hillsboro/Central Valley 37-14 in the NDHSAA Division 11B state championship game during Dakota Bowl XXIX played Friday, November 12 at the FARGODOME.

The Vikings, who had lost to the Burros 26-20 in week two of the season on August 27, used its ground game to build an early advantage.

Senior quarterback Max McQuillan opened the game’s scoring on a 2-yard keeper with just over a minute left in the first quarter. Senior kicker Jordyn Sunram connected for the extra-point kick, which is believed to be the first points ever scored by a girl at a Dakota Bowl football state championship game. 

The Vikings were able to bust a “big one” midway through the second quarter when junior running back Trey Heinrich punched through for a 53-yard touchdown.

Kindred led 13-0 at halftime and would go on to dominate the third quarter.

Heinrich rushed for another score and McQuillan threw two touchdown strikes to Lukas Klabunde and Heinrich. When the third quarter came to a close the Vikings were up 34-0.

Hillsboro/Central Valley scored twice in the fourth quarter, getting a rushing touchdown by senior running back Jace Leshuk and a pick-six interception returned for a touchdown by junior linebacker Peter Dryburgh. The Burros finished the season 11-2.

Heinrich ended the game with 178 yards rushing on 24 carries. McQuillan added 51 yards on the ground to go along with his 185 yards passing for the Vikings (12-1).

BOX SCORE: KINDRED 37, HILLSBORO/CENTRAL VALLEY 14

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