Linton/HMB wins NDHSAA 9-man Football State Title
November 13, 2020 3:00 pm
By Tom Mix
NDHSAA Media Specialist
FARGO, N.D. – The Linton/HMB Lions football team roared once more at the Dakota Bowl.
Linton/HMB defeated Cavalier 32-24 in the 2020 NDHSAA 9-man football state championship game on Friday, November 13 at the FARGODOME.
It was the Lions’ first football state championship since 2003. Linton/HMB won back-to-back 9-man state titles in 2002 and 2003, but had been state runners up in its previous three trips to the Dakota Bowl (2006, 2008, 2011 – all while competing in Division A).
After a scoreless first quarter on Friday, the Lions seized control with a pair of touchdowns in the second quarter – a 35-yard touchdown pass hauled in by sophomore received Grant Bosch from senior quarterback Lucas Schumacher and a 30-yard touchdown run by Schumacher.
Schumacher powered the Lions’ on both sides of the ball. He also had a key interception in the first half which stopped a Cavalier drive in the red zone.
Linton/HMB led 16-0 at halftime.
The Lions opened the second half with another touchdown drive that ended with a 15-yard touchdown run by senior running back Trey Jacob.
Cavalier stormed back with back-to-back touchdown drives – two touchdown runs from senior quarterback Brannin Cleem. Just like that, the Lions’ lead was 24-16 with 9:13 left to play.
Linton/HMB answered with a big scoring drive capped off by a six yard touchdown run by Schumacher. The Lions’ two touchdown lead was restored with 4:02 left to play.
Less than two minutes later, the Tornadoes scored when Cleem found sophomore wide receiver Landon Carter for an 18-yard touchdown pass.
The Lions were able to drive into Cavalier territory and turned the ball over on downs with only 15 seconds left to play. A Cavalier reverse play came up short and the Lions exited the field 9-man state champions.
Linton/HMB finishes the season 9-2. Cavalier ends its season 12-1. It is the second consecutive NDHSAA 9-man football runner up finish for the Tornadoes.
Schumacher was 7-for-10 passing for 100 yards and a touchdown. He also finished the game with 123 yards rushing and a pair of touchdowns.
Jacob finished the game with 83 rushing yards for the Lions.
Cleem led the Tornadoes with 162 passing yards and 139 rushing yards.