NDHSAA DAKOTA BOWL XXVI PREVIEW


November 8, 2018 10:30 am

By Tom Mix
NDHSAA Media Specialist

VALLEY CITY, N.D. – The North Dakota High School Activities Association sponsored Dakota Bowl XXVI is set for Friday, November 9 at the FARGODOME. This event features four football state championship games. Below is a preview of each title game.

DIVISION A CHAMPIONSHIP - 9:10 A.M.

MATCHUP: Langdon Area/Edmore/Munich vs. Hillsboro/Central Valley

HILLSBORO/CENTRAL VALLEY BURROS
COACH: Scott Olsen
RECORD: 11-0
PATH TO DAKOTA BOWL: 49-8 win over Harvey-Wells County in first round (Oct. 20), 27-8 win over Milnor/North Sargent in quarterfinals (Oct. 27), 44-8 win over Dickinson Trinity in semifinals (Nov. 3).
DAKOTA BOWL HISTORY: Second Appearance as Hillsboro Central Valley co-op (2017, 2018). 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). One Championship as Hillsboro/Central Valley (2017).
KEY NUMBERS & PERFORMERS: 23 total touchdowns for junior running back Oscar Benson. … 86 tackles for senior linebacker Mark Hastings. … 285 yards rushing per game average as a team. … 5 points allowed per game average.

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LANGDON AREA/EDMORE/MUNICH CARDINALS
COACH:
Joshua Krivarchka
RECORD: 11-0
PATH TO DAKOTA BOWL: 45-7 win over Ellendale/Edgeley/Kulm in first round (Oct. 20), 28-7 win over Kindred in quarterfinals (Oct. 27), 22-19 win over Bowman County in semifinals (Nov. 3).
DAKOTA BOWL HISTORY: Second Appearance as Langdon Area/Edmore/Munich co-op (2017, 2018). Two Appearances as Langdon-Munich (2000, 2009).
KEY NUMBERS & PERFORMERS: 222 passing yards per game average as a team. … 2,159 passing yards for sophomore quarterback Simon Romfo. … 72 tackles (12 for a loss) for senior linebacker Cartery Currey. … 9 receiving touchdowns for junior wide receiver Jackson Delvo.

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9-MAN DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP - 20 MINUTES AFTER DIVISION A (NOON APPROX.)

MATCHUP: Thompson vs. New Salem/Glen Ullin

THOMPSON TOMMIES
COACH:
Brady Schwab
RECORD: 11-0
PATH TO DAKOTA BOWL: 48-14 win over LaMoure-Litchville/Marion in second round (Oct. 20). … 32-28 win over New Rockford/Sheyenne in quarterfinals (Oct. 27). … 38-7 win over Oakes in semifinals (Nov. 3).
DAKOTA BOWL HISTORY: Three Appearances (1995, 2016, 2018). One State Championship (2016).
KEY NUMBERS & PERFORMERS: 44.6 pointer per game scoring team average. … 277 yards rushing per game team average. … 1,688 yards passing for senior quarterback Cadyn Schwabe. … 1,499 yards rushing for senior running back Nick Reck. … 918 yards receiving for senior wide receiver Marcus Hughes. … 120 tackles for Marcus Hughes.

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NEW SALEM/GLEN ULLIN HOLSTEINS
COACH:
Steve Kleinjan
RECORD: 11-0
PATH TO DAKOTA BOWL: 63-6 win over Surrey in second round (Oct. 20). … 50-14 win over Shiloh Christian in quarterfinals (Oct. 27). … 18-7 win over Ray-Powers Lake in semifinals (Nov. 3).
DAKOTA BOWL HISTORY: Two Appearances (2016, 2018).
KEY NUMBERS & PERFORMERS: 307.6 yards rushing per game average as a team. … 139 yards passing per game team average. … 55.9 points per game average as a team. … 1,298 yards passing for senior quarterback Evan Henke. … 1,180 yards rushing passing for senior running back Braden Zuroff. … 68.5 tackles for senior linebacker Josh Irwin.

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DIVISION AA CHAMPIONSHIP - 20 MINUTES AFTER 9-MAN (3 P.M. APPROX.)

MATCHUP: Shanley vs. Bismarck St. Mary’s

SHANLEY DEACONS
COACH:
Troy Mattern
RECORD: 10-0
PATH TO DAKOTA BOWL: 21-14 win over Jamestown in the semifinals (Nov. 3).
DAKOTA BOWL HISTORY: Eight Appearances (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018). Three Championships (Division AA-2009, 2010, 2012).
KEY NUMBERS & PERFORMERS: 33.7 points per game scoring average as a team. … 9.1 points allowed per game average as a team. … 642 yards receiving for senior wide receiver Haley Bucholz. … 10 rushing touchdowns for senior quarterback Cade Busek. … 44 tackles for senior linebacker Austin Manuel.

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BISMARCK ST. MARY’S SAINTS
COACH:
Dan Smrekar
RECORD: 9-1
PATH TO DAKOTA BOWL: 41-20 win over Central Cass in semifinals (Nov. 3).
DAKOTA BOWL HISTORY: Seven Appearances (1994, 1995, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018). Five Championships (Class A-1994, Division AA-2013, 2014, 2016, 2017).
KEY NUMBERS & PERFORMERS: 211 yards rushing per game as a team. … 7.6 points allowed per game as a team. … 89 tackles for senior linebacker Mason Spies. … 704 yards rushing for junior running back Joe Heinert. … 1,000 yards passing for junior quarterback Drew Dosch.

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DIVISION AAA CHAMPIONSHIP - 6:40 P.M.

MATCHUP: Bismarck High vs. Bismarck Century

BISMARCK HIGH DEMONS
COACH:
Mark Gibson
RECORD: 11-0
PATH TO DAKOTA BOWL: 44-0 win over Fargo North in Quarterfinals (Oct. 26). 34-13 win over Fargo Davies in Semifinals (Nov. 2).
DAKOTA BOWL HISTORY: 13 Appearances (1997, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016, 2018). Five State Championships (Division AAA-2001, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012).
KEY NUMBERS & PERFORMERS: 240 yards rushing per game average as a team. … 159 yards passing per game average. … 47.4 points per game average as a team. … 1,584 passing yards for senior quarterback Will Madler. … 21 touchdowns and 1,131 yards rushing for senior running back Isaiah Olsen. … 603 receiving yards for senior wide receiver Joe Jahner. … 68 tackles for junior linebacker Thomas Colby.

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BISMARCK CENTURY PATRIOTS
COACH:
Ron Wingenbach
RECORD: 10-1
PATH TO DAKOTA BOWL: 45-13 win over Fargo South in quarterfinals (Oct. 26). 31-20 win over West Fargo Sheyenne in the semifinals (Nov. 2).
DAKOTA BOWL HISTORY: Five Appearances (2011, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2018). Two State Championships (Division AAA-2015, 2016).
KEY NUMBERS & PERFORMERS: 227.6 rushing yards per game average as a team. … 36.5 points scored per game average as a team. … 849 yards passing for junior quarterback Cade Feeney. … 822 yards rushing for junior running back Grant Anderson. … 60 tackles for senior linebacker Noah Skalsky

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