Kidder County wins NDHSAA 9-man Football State Title


November 15, 2019 3:30 pm

By Tom Mix
NDHSAA Media Specialist

FARGO – Kidder County made the most of its first Dakota Bowl appearance on Friday, November 15.

The Wolves defeated No. 1-ranked Cavalier 54-32 in the 2019 NDHSAA 9-man state championship game at the FARGODOME.

Kidder County jumped out to a 22-0 lead in the first half, but Cavalier stormed back to narrow the Wolves’ halftime lead to 30-16. The Tornadoes efforts to dig out of their deficit were fierce.

With nine minutes, 18 seconds remaining in the game, Cavalier senior running back Tanner Urlaub caught a 59-yard touchdown pass from Colton Ratchenski. A successful two-point pass immediately followed and the Tornadoes took their first lead of the game 32-30.

Kidder County’s answer was equally fierce – and it didn’t take the Wolves long to respond either.

Less than a minute after Urlaub’s heroics – 8:21 left in the game – Kidder County junior wide receiver Payton Cauthon hauled in a 73 yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Jonah Harter.

Kidder County never looked back scoring two more times to seal the victory.

Jonah Harter threw for 168 yards and two touchdowns while also rushing for a pair of scores. Kidder County senior running back Isaiah Harter rushed for 101 yards and one touchdown. Cauthon caught three passes for 117 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for 41 yards and a touchdown.

Urlaub led the Tornadoes with 93 yards rushing (1 TD) and 91 yards receiving (1 TD).

Kidder County finishes the year 11-1 while the Tornadoes fell to 12-1.

BOX SCORE: KIDDER COUNTY 54, CAVALIER 32

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