Bismarck St. Mary's wins NDHSAA Division AA Football Title
November 13, 2020 6:00 pm
By Tom Mix
NDHSAA Media Specialist
FARGO, N.D. – Bismarck St. Mary’s has returned to the top spot in NDHSAA Division AA football.
The Saints spent the entire 2020 season ranked No. 1 in the NDAPSSA Division AA Football Media Poll and on Friday, November, 13 the team completed an undefeated campaign defeating Beulah 17-7 in the Division AA state title game during Dakota Bowl XXVIII at the FARGODOME.
Friday’s game between the Saints and the Miners was ultra-competitive with both squads staying true to what they do best – running the ball.
Both teams got a first half touchdown and entered halftime tied 7-7.
St. Mary’s opened the game’s scoring when Jackson Roerick hauled in a 31-yard touchdown pass from Jackson Uhler with two minutes, 23 seconds left in the first quarter.
Nathan Battest scored on a one-yard touchdown run with 43 seconds remaining in the first half to put the Miners on the board.
Locked at 7-7 much of the second half, St. Mary’s was able to execute a length drive late in the fourth quarter that ended with Nick Schumacher kicking a 19-yard field goal for the go-ahead points with 15 seconds left to play.
St. Mary’s added a touchdown on the ensuing kickoff when Isaac Vandal recovered a fumbled kickoff return attempt by the Miners for a score.
The Saints finished the season 11-0. Beulah wrapped up the 2020 season 8-3.
Cullen Curl finished the game with 93 yards rushing for the Saints. Uhler added 92 yards on the ground for St. Mary’s.