Thompson wins NDHSAA 9-man Football State Title
November 9, 2018 3:30 pm
By Tom Mix
NDHSAA Media Specialist
FARGO – The Thompson Tommies ended their reign in 9-man football with their second state championship in three seasons.
Thompson defeated New Salem/Glen Ullin 42-28 in the North Dakota High School Activities Association 9-man Division football state championship game during Dakota Bowl XXVI on Friday, November 9 at the FARGODOME.
The Tommies are moving up to Division A in 2019 so this win was a big lift for the program as it prepares for the transition.
Leading the way for the Tommies was senior wide receiver Marcus Hughes who caught seven passes for 76 yards and a touchdown. Hughes also contributed to a balanced Thompson rushing attack carrying the ball 9 times for 34 yards and two touchdowns.
Thompson’s starting quarterback senior Cadyn Schwabe went down with an injury during the game and was relieved by junior Clay Odenbach. The 6-foot-7 lefty completed five of his 10 passes for 95 yards and a touchdown to keep the Tommies’ offense in stride.
After a scoreless first half, both the Tommies and Holsteins started to wake up on offense. Thompson led 16-6 at halftime.
New Salem/Glen Ullin took a 22-16 lead in the third quarter when senior quarterback Evan Henke connected with senior wide receiver Garret Soupir for a 20-yard touchdown followed by a two-point run by senior running back Braden Zuroff.
The Holsteins’ passing game was top-notch. Henke was 16 of 26 passing for 251 yards and three touchdowns.
Thompson defeated the Holsteins in the 2016 9-man final. The Tommies close the year out 12-0 while the Holsteins fell to 11-1.