You could say Bismarck Century led the Class AAA race from wire-to-wire last season. The Patriots finished their first perfect season in program history by taking down Sheyenne 10-0 in the Dakota Bowl. Despite losing a strong class of seniors, I think Century still has the inside track on winning the title. The talent level in Class AAA should be high again with several players already committed to play division one football. Read about the players and find out how I ranked the teams in the state’s highest division.
New faces at the top. Last year ended a 10-year run of either Shanley or St. Mary’s playing in the Class AA state championship game with Hillsboro-Central Valley topping Beulah 35-12 for the hardware. Now, the question is if we’ll see another fresh face breakthrough and make the Class AA championship game for the first time in a while. As you’ll see in my rankings, I’m predicting a Dakota Bowl mainstay to return to form in 2020.
To be the champs, you have to beat the champs and lately, nobody has been able to take down Langdon-Edmore-Munich. The Cardinals are fresh off a second consecutive undefeated season and have a ton of talent returning. While the Cardinals are the favorites, I really like the strength of this division with a ton of gifted players returning. Let’s take a closer look at the teams that I feel are the strength of Class A this fall.
Will a loaded region four produce another state champion or will the teams wear each other down before the postseason begins? Last year’s 9-man season started as a guessing game with many of the perennial powers bolting for the Class A division. Kidder County went from off the radar to making a big splash capturing the program’s first state championship. Read to find out the challenges that await them in 2020.
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Enjoy this quick read of Midco Sports Network reporter Jody Norstedt's parenting adventures with plenty of sports-themed twists. (Sports? Remember those?)
MidcoSN’s Alex Heinert highlights the top candidates for the Boys Special 800m and the Girls Special 200m in this year’s now-canceled Howard Wood Dakota Relays.