Fargo Shanley wins 11AA Football State Championship as 5 first-half turnovers doom Bismarck Century - Reuters Sports News

Fargo Shanley wins 11AA Football State Championship as 5 first-half turnovers doom Bismarck Century – Reuters Sports News

FARGO — When the Fargo Shanley football team moved up to the top division of North Dakota high school football, there were questions about whether or not the Deacons could compete with the biggest schools in the state.

They seemed to put this debate to bed quickly on Friday night. Forcing five first-half turnovers against Bismarck Century, 3rd-seeded No. Shanley outshot the No. 8-seeded Patriots 48-7 in the Class 11AA Championship game at Dakota Bowl XXX at the Fargodome .

With the win, the Deacons secured their first state title since 2018, 17th overall, 10th in the modern era (1975-present) and first in the state’s highest division since 1983. Shanley finished the season 10-2.

“All the hard work we put in the offseason, it all happened and the hard work paid off,” said quarterback Michael Rostberg, who finished the day with six total touchdowns. “We’ve been dreaming of this moment since last year when we lost to (West Fargo) Sheyenne, and now we’re here and it’s awesome.”

Fargo Shanley players celebrate their win over Bismarck Century in North Dakota’s 11AA Championship game at the Fargodome on Friday, Nov. 19. 11, 2022.

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It was Rostberg who led the team on an 11-play, 80-yard opening drive and capped it with a 4-yard TD run before junior kicker Matthew Berg’s extra run made it a Game 7 -0 early.

On Century’s first offensive snap, the ball was fumbled on the transfer and picked up by senior linebacker Jack Haldis at the Patriots’ 38. Shortly after, Rostberg found junior running back Adam Leininger in the end zone for a 5-yard score.

Now down 13-0, the Patriots needed an answer but instead gave Shanley the ball when senior quarterback Kyan Barth threw his first of three interceptions to Deacons junior linebacker Jordan Leininger. Moments later, Rostberg joined junior receiver Kaden Christmann for 28 yards and the two-point conversion made it 21-0.

The Patriots again fumbled on the next possession and it was picked up by Shanley’s senior defensive end Luke Hollcraft, although Century was able to keep the Deacons off the board after the turnover.

After the teams traded touchdowns later, Barth was intercepted again with less than two minutes left in the first half – this time by junior defensive back Sam Ovsak who took him 65 yards home. for choice six. Jordan Leininger added an interception 50 seconds from the end of the first half and it was 35-7 at the break.

Shanley added two more touchdowns in the second half – with Rostberg finding Hollcraft on a 10-yard pass and Ovsak on a 30-yard TD pass to pull out if there was still any doubt.

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Fargo Shanley’s Samuel Ovsak pulls away from Bismarck Century’s Tyler Birst during the North Dakota 11AA Championship game at the Fargodome on Friday, November 11. 11, 2022.

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The dominating performance capped off a remarkable season for a Deacons side that seemed to be firing on all cylinders throughout the year.

“It’s obviously a very special moment,” Shanley head coach Troy Mattern said. “After losing to Sheyenne last year, we got back together that Monday after that loss and it was just a different vibe that day. It was crazy how long those kids put into the offseason. during the summer and in fall camp. They really deserved what they got and I couldn’t be more proud of them.”

Mattern said scoring in the first practice was the tone that set the tone.

“To be able to score that first drive was huge,” Mattern said. “And then getting the ball back and going 14-0 up, that allowed our defense to put their ears back together and we did that. Creating five turnovers in the first half, wow – and that set the stage for the whole match.

Mattern was voted Class 11AA Coach of the Year by the North Dakota High School Coaches Association.

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Fargo Shanley quarterback Michael Rostberg rams into Bismarck Century defenders Peyton Arndt, Ryan Brynjolfson and Blake Ersland to score during the North Dakota 11AA Championship game at the Fargodome on Friday, Nov. 19. 11, 2022.

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Rostberg completed 20 of 28 passes for 259 yards and four touchdowns while rushing for 70 yards and two touchdowns. Ovsak led Shanley’s receivers with 6 receptions for 90 yards and a touchdown while lead receiver Conner Kraft added five catches for 82 yards.

Barth was 9 of 17 through the air for Century with 89 yards and a touchdown. Leading running back Peyton Arndt led the Patriots rushing game with 27 yards on 14 attempts. Senior receiver William Ware caught two passes for 51 yards. Junior running back Gavin Lill had the Patriots’ lone touchdown on a 14-yard pass from Barth.

Century finished the season 5-7 after a year of starting 0-5 before winning three of its final four regular season games to qualify for the playoffs as the eighth seed. The Patriots upset top-seeded Sheyenne and fifth-seeded Davies to advance to their fourth Dakota Bowl in five seasons.

“We knew Century was a good team and if we didn’t come and play things would go wrong,” Rostberg said. “Our team came to play (today), we knew what kind of team they were like and we went out and found a way to win.”

BC 0 7 0 0—7
FS 21 14 7 6—48

FS – Rostberg Race 4 (Berg Kick)

FS — A. Leininger 5 pass from Rostberg (missed)

FS — Passe Christmann 28 from Rostberg (Passe Kraft from Rostberg)

FS – Rostberg Race 4 (Berg Kick)

BC – Lill 14 pass from Barth (Jangula kick)

FS – Ovsak 65 yard interception return (Berg Kick)

FS – L. Hollcraft 11 Rostberg pass (Berg kick)

FS – Ovsak 30 Rostberg pass (Berg kick)

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Fargo Shanley players celebrate with the student body after the victory over Bismarck Century in North Dakota’s 11AA Championship game at the Fargodome on Friday, November 19. 11, 2022.

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Bismarck Century head coach Ron Wingenbach and Fargo Shanley head coach Troy Mattern shake hands after the North Dakota 11AA Championship game at the Fargodome on Friday, Nov. 11. 11, 2022.

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Fargo Shanley wide receiver Kaden Christmann scores against Bismarck Century in the North Dakota 11AA Championship game at the Fargodome on Friday, November 11. 11, 2022.

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Fargo Shanley’s William Mehus hits Bismarck Century quarterback Kyan Barth to cause a fumble during the North Dakota 11AA Championship game at the Fargodome on Friday, Nov. 11. 11, 2022.

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Fargo Shanley’s Joseph Dukart hits Bismarck Century’s Peyton Arndt during the North Dakota 11AA Championship game at the Fargodome on Friday, November 11. 11, 2022.

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Fargo Shanley takes the field before kickoff against Bismarck Century in the North Dakota 11AA Championship game at the Fargodome on Friday, November 19. 11, 2022.

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Fargo Shanley kicker Matthew Berg scores a run after an attempt against Bismarck Century during the North Dakota 11AA Championship game at the Fargodome on Friday, Nov. 11. 11, 2022.

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Fargo Shanley quarterback Michael Rostberg reaches for the ball after scoring against Bismarck Century in the North Dakota 11AA Championship game at the Fargodome on Friday, Nov. 19. 11, 2022.

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Fargo Shanley’s Damon Hospidales and Kaden Christmann rock Bismarck Century quarterback Kyan Barth during the North Dakota 11AA Championship game at the Fargodome on Friday, Nov. 11. 11, 2022.

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Fargo Shanley’s Conner Kraft hosts a reception against Bismarck Century during the North Dakota 11AA Championship game at the Fargodome on Friday, November 19. 11, 2022.

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Fargo Shanley’s Jordan Leininger lands a pass intended for Bismarck Century’s Ryan Brynjolfson during the North Dakota 11AA Championship game at the Fargodome on Friday, November 11. 11, 202.

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Fargo Shanley’s Adam Leininger fends off Bismarck Century’s Mason Riegel during the North Dakota 11AA Championship game at the Fargodome on Friday, November 11. 11, 202.

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