Wyndmere/Lidgerwood wins NDHSAA 9-man Football State Title
November 10, 2017 12:30 pm
By Tom Mix
NDHSAA Media Specialist
FARGO – The Warbirds of Wyndmere/Lidgerwood are once again NDHSAA 9-man football state champions.
Wyndmere-Lidgerwood defeated Bismarck Shiloh Christian 60-23 in the 9-man state championship game on Friday, November 10 during Dakota Bowl XXV at the Fargodome.
Leading the way for the Warbirds was senior wide receiver Luke Foertsch.
Foertsch returned the opening kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown to give the Warbirds the early lead. Foertsch finished the game with six touchdowns scored tying a Dakota Bowl record held by Jared Essler (Minot Ryan, 1999) and Kyle Steffes (Dickinson Trinity, 2001).
Foertsch rushed for 168 yards and four touchdowns. He also caught a nine-yard touchdown pass in the game.
The Warbirds’ 60 points is a new Dakota Bowl record for points scored in a game by a single team. The previous record was 55 points by Hazen in 2012.
Wyndmere/Lidgerwood’s previous NDHSAA 9-man state championship came in 2010.
Wyndmere-Lidgerwood led 26-20 at halftime. The Warbirds finish the year 12-0.
Shiloh Christian finishes its season 11-2.