North Dakota Championship Previews

Bismarck vs. Century Friday 6:30 pm


Coach Mark Gibson

"It was the best thing for these kids to be in a game like this, we were a different team in the second half and many of these kids haven't even played in the second half many of our later games.  Our kids showed character and fight which is always a good sign and they never panicked.

This week will be another tall challenge, Century has size and speed which is a pretty good quality to have in football.  Drew Wiseman is an elite player in the state and we will have our hands full if he gets loose.  Their ground game and defense is much improved from our first meeting and they have always had a tremendous kicking game."


Coach Ron Wingenbach

"We cannot let them rush the ball the way they did the first time we played them.  We have to do a much better job of controlling the ball than we did in September and our offense has to score with them"

The Pick: Bismarck 31-17


Shanley vs. Grafton Friday 3:00 pm

Coach Rod Oksendahl

Peter Simon filled in for Danny Stasch, Stasch is still hurt but will try to play on Friday.
Josh Berg the big senior is a key. Dan Arnold, the big play receiver has only been on the team for three months. He's averaging 100.1 receiving yards per game and 25 yards per catch this season.

Chase Montplaisir has been a huge success as a junior this season. 

Coach Tom Maus
Anthony Conteras has had an ankle injury but should play.
Strength is their line and Lunde running the ball, however Lunce has improved and his accuracy is better
Lunde 1700+ yds rushing 22 TDs

The Pick: Shanley 22-20


Hazen vs. Westhope-Newburg-Glenburn Friday 9:00 am

Coach Rick Philion
Been to the semi final game five times since 2005
Class A has had a Region 3 winner all century, but this year will be different
First Dakota Bowl appearance since 2001 (Class AA)
Snapped 22-game win streak for SPL
They shutout SPL a team that had averaged 43 ppg
Bornemann carried for 196 yds rushing vs. SPL ( 816 14TDs this year)
Carr 72 rush 108 passing yards (Season 1370 rushing 15 TD, 1007 passing 8TD)
Excellent team game, against SPL

Westhope-Newburg-Glenburn Sioux
Coach Tom Nesvold
Jr. QB Hunter Braaten 12/21 124yds,  132 yds rushing, FumRecover for 09 yard TD
Dominated the fourth Quarter
So. Ethan Miller gave WNG a 49 yd INT Return for TD
The defense only allowed 14 total yards in the 2nd half against Langdon Munich
Have never won a state title
Going 9-man next year
Great Size up front
Have great confidence now.

The pick: Hazen 28-21


Divide County
Co-Head Coaches Bob Brown, Nate Nelson
"It’s going to be a challenge to travel and play at noon, prep"

Have a huge size advantage on their line

Lance Knudsen has been a steady Quarterback all year

Isaac Jacobs is their leading rushers

Bennett Listad and Ethan Feil have been defensive leaders

New Rockford
Coach Elliot Belquist
Jr. QB Ethan Haley ran for 108 threw for 141 (4/5 passing)
State runner up in 03 and again in 04
Never won a title
Experience in winning close games this year (Cavalier first time, LAE first time, LaMoure)
Great Linebackers like Chance Labrie LB
Alex Perleberg LB
Josh Edmunson LB

The Pick: Divide County 46-42

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