High School playoff football is in full force in the state of North Dakota this week and we’re excited to see how all the games play out. In this blog, we’ll preview all the matchups and offer up predictions for each game.
The landscape of North Dakota high school football will look different next season, with several schools moving divisions. We spoke with Hillsboro-Central Valley head coach Scott Olsen and Shiloh Christian head coach Funnon Barker to get their reaction on the changes.
ND Class AAA Preview
It's always interesting to see where the strength of the state is in Class AAA. Last year, we saw West Fargo produce one of the most dominant seasons in recent history – but the depth of the west still proved to be stronger.
The top four teams from the west finished 11-7 overall (including playoffs) against the east, with six...
Last year was a lot of fun in Class A because we got to see the two teams that were the best all year meet for the state championship!
In the end, Hillsboro-Central Valley’s defense found a way to disrupt the potent passing attack of Langdon-Edmore-Munich en route to claiming the state championship. Both of those programs graduated their key...
Will the state remain “blue” this year as St. Mary’s pursues a three-peat? Will we see the “red” rise again as Shanley tries to claim the crown for the first time since 2012? Or could we see another team challenge the Class AA powers?
We got our first taste of the new look 10-team Class AA division last year – and despite some of the long trips...
Will the eastern streak come to an end in North Dakota 9-Man high school football this year? That’s one of the biggest storylines entering the 2018 season, in my opinion. New Salem/Glen Ullin is loaded with talent – and reached the Dakota Bowl and the state semifinal round in back-to-back seasons. Now, the Holsteins have a chance to become the first team from the western half of the state to win a 9-Man state title since Mott-Regent back in 2007. Wyndmere-Lidgerwood made it 10 straight titles for the east last year, but the Warbirds will be filling a lot of spots vacated by last year’s senior-heavy team. I think 9-Man will be a wide-open race with some of the usual suspects in contention. Shiloh Christian is coming off a state runner-up finish – and Thompson, Cavalier and Napoleon/Gackle-Streeter are also fielding strong programs year after year.