NDHSAA DAKOTA BOWL XXV PREVIEW


November 8, 2017 11:15 am

By Tom Mix
NDHSAA Media Specialist

VALLEY CITY, N.D. – The North Dakota High School Activities Association sponsored Dakota Bowl XXV is set for Friday, November 10 at the Fargodome. This milestone event features four football state championship games. Below is a preview of each title game.

 

9-MAN DIVISION - 9:10 A.M.

MATCHUP: Wyndmere/Lidgerwood vs. Shiloh Christian

WYNDMERE/LIDGERWOOD WARBIRDS
COACH:
Scott Strenge
RECORD: 11-0
PATH TO DAKOTA BOWL: 56-16 win over New Rockford/Sheyenne in second round (Oct. 21), 41-8 win over May-Port-CG in quarterfinals (Oct. 28), 36-34 win over Cavalier in semifinals (Nov. 4).
DAKOTA BOWL HISTORY: Two Appearances (2010, 2017). One Championship (9-man-2010).
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Luke Foertsch, Sr., WR/DB (428 receiving yards, 364 rushing yards, 18 TDs scored); Wyatt Harles, Sr., QB/DB (1,348 passing yards, 16 passing TDs, 460 yards rushing); Hunter Churchill, Sr., RB/LB (481 rushing yards, 7 rushing TDs).
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SHILOH CHRISTIAN SKYHAWKS
COACH:
Funnon Barker
RECORD: 11-1
PATH TO DAKOTA BOWL: 50-16 win over Surrey in first round (Oct. 14), 41-18 win over St. John in second round (Oct. 21), 49-26 win over Beach in quarterfinals (Oct. 28), 35-30 win over New Salem-Glen Ullin (Nov. 4).
DAKOTA BOWL HISTORY: Two Appearances (2014, 2017).
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Canaan Fagerland, Jr., RB/LB (1,492 rushing yards, 19 rushing TDs, 320 receiving yards, 3 receiving TDs); Jaden Mitzel, Soph., QB/LB (1,374 passing yards, 30 passing TDs); Bartholomew Ogbu, Sr., TE/DE (56 tackles, 4 sacks). 
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DIVISION A - 20 MINUTES AFTER 9-MAN (NOON APPROX.)

MATCHUP: Langdon Area vs. Hillsboro/Central Valley

HILLSBORO/CENTRAL VALLEY BURROS
COACH:
Scott Olsen
RECORD: 11-0
PATH TO DAKOTA BOWL: 39-8 win over Westhope-Newburg-Glenburn (Oct. 21), 27-7 win over Carrington in quarterfinals (Oct. 28), 34-0 win over Dickinson Trinity in semifinals (Nov. 4).
DAKOTA BOWL HISTORY: First Appearance as Hillsboro/Central Valley co-op. Two Appearances as Hillsboro (1996, 2008). One Appearance as Central Valley (1999). One Championship as Hillsboro (9-man-2008). One Championship as Central Valley (9-man-1999).
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Grant Skager, Sr., RB/LB (1,899 rushing yards, 26 rushing TDs) Carson Henningsgard, Soph., WR/DB (296 receiving yards, 3 receiving TDs), Jack Camrud, Sr., OL/DL (68 tackles, 11.5 sacks); Ryan Troftgruben, Sr., QB/DB (746 passing yards, 9 passing TDs).
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LANGDON AREA/EDMORE/MUNICH CARDINALS
COACH: Joshua Krivarchka
RECORD: 11-0
PATH TO DAKOTA BOWL: 31-0 win over Kindred in first round (Oct. 21), 35-14 win over Ellendale-Edgeley-Kulm in quarterfinals (Oct. 28), 20-0 win over Velva in semifinals (Nov. 4).
DAKOTA BOWL HISTORY: First Appearance as Langdon Area/Edmore/Munich co-op. Two Appearances as Langdon-Munich (2000, 2009).
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Jacob Delvo, Sr., QB/FS (1,901 passing yards, 26 passing TDs, 432 rushing yards, 9 rushing TDs); Anfernee Economy, Sr. WR/DB (661 yards receiving, 15 receiving TDs); Chase Peebles, Sr. RB/DB (560 receiving yards, 5 receiving TDs); Connor Tetrault, Sr., RB/LB (75 tackles).
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DIVISION AA - 20 MINUTES AFTER DIVISION A (3 P.M. APPROX.)

MATCHUP: Shanley vs. Bismarck St. Mary’s

SHANLEY DEACONS
COACH:
Troy Mattern
RECORD: 10-0
PATH TO DAKOTA BOWL: 17-6 win over Watford City in semifinals (Nov. 4).
DAKOTA BOWL HISTORY: Seven Appearances (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017). Three Championships (Division AA-2009, 2010, 2012).
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Cade Busek, Jr., QB (998 passing yards, 12 passing TDs, 466 rushing yards, 8 rushing TDs); Cam Saville, Sr., WR/DB (393 receiving yards, 7 receiving TDs); Jake Kava, Sr., TE/LB (272 receiving yards, 4 receiving TDs); Jake Kostecke, Sr. OL/DL (49 tackles)
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BISMARCK ST. MARY’S SAINTS
COACH: Dan Smrekar
RECORD: 8-2
PATH TO DAKOTA BOWL: 30-0 win over Devils Lake in semifinals (Nov. 4).
DAKOTA BOWL HISTORY: Six Appearances (1994, 1995, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017). Four Championships (Class A-1994, Division AA-2013, 2014, 2016).
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Cole Gendreau, Sr., QB/S (1,329 passing yards, 16 passing TDs), Jonah Krebs, Sr., RB/LB (600 rushing yards, 7 rushing TDs); Joseph Richter, Sr., G/DL (113 tackles); Luke Kambeitz, Sr., WR/CB (633 receiving yards, 8 receiving TDs),
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DIVISION AAA - 6:40 P.M.

MATCHUP: West Fargo vs. Minot

WEST FARGO PACKERS
COACH:
Jay Gibson
RECORD: 11-0
PATH TO DAKOTA BOWL: 49-7 win over Bismarck Legacy in quarterfinals (Oct. 27), 29-22 win over Bismarck High in semifinals (Nov. 3).
DAKOTA BOWL HISTORY: Six Appearances (1993, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2017). Five Championships (Class A-1993, Division AAA-1998, 1999, 2002, 2003).
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Andy Gravdahl, Sr., QB/DB (1,943 passing yards, 19 passing TDs, 450 rushing yards, 9 rushing TDs); Joe Pistorius, Sr., WR/DB (699 receiving yards, 5 receiving TDs); Jared Franek, Sr. RB/LB (480 yards rushing, 16 rushing TDs, 78 tackles); Alex Sell, Sr., RB/DB (669 rushing yards, 13 rushing TDs).
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MINOT MAGICIANS
COACH:
Barry Holmen
RECORD: 8-3
PATH TO DAKOTA BOWL: 66-37 win over West Fargo Sheyenne in quarterfinals (Oct. 27), 14-10 win over Bismarck Century in semifinals (Nov. 3).
DAKOTA BOWL HISTORY: Six Appearances (1999, 2002, 2006, 2014, 2015, 2017).
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Creighton Rudolph, Sr., QB/DB (1,734 passing yards, 19 passing TDs); Brett Davis, Sr., RB/DB (496 rushing yards, 8 rushing TDs); Peyton Lamoureux, Sr., WR/DB (867 receiving yards, 9 receiving TDs), Hunter Danelson, Jr., RB/LB (62 tackles).
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