The fall season is over for North Dakota State but the work continues for the coaching staff.
The recruiting dead period has been extended thru the end of the year, meaning college coaches cannot go and watch high school games. NDSU has received 17 verbal commitments to date. Here's a brief recap of how they performed this weekend.
Barika Kpeenu (West Fargo Sheyenne) - The final game of the North Dakota high school football season was a forgettable one for Kpeenu. His Sheyenne Mustangs were shut out in the title game for the second straight year by Bismarck Century, falling 34-0. Kpeenu was held to 11 carries for 38 yards, well below his season average. He also had a costly fumble on a kickoff that led directly to a Century touchdown. It's a tough way to end a brilliant career for Kpeenu, who led the EDC in rushing the last two seasons. He finished with a combined 16 touchdowns for Sheyenne this season.
Truman Werremeyer (Fargo Davies) - Werremeyer's season ended in the state quarterfinals as Fargo Davies lost to Mandan. Werremeyer finished the year with 536 rushing yards and seven touchdowns, while adding 67 tackles, eight of them for loss.
Sibomana Enock (Fargo South) - Enock's season ended in the regular season as South did not qualify for the postseason. Enock finished with 362 rushing yards and two touchdowns, he had two receiving touchdowns, while also registering 34 tackles and two interceptions.
Jaxon Duttenhefer (Mandan High School) - Duttenhefer's Mandan Braves had their season ended in the state semifinals, falling to Bismarck Century 45-21. Duttenhefer finished the season with 43 tackles, 15 of them for loss. He also added two sacks. He also added a fumble recover for a touchdown and a pair of safeties on the season. Mandan finished with a 5-4 record on the season.
Britton Pascoe (Bloomingdale High School) - Pascoe is healing after surgery that happened last week. His Bloomingdale Bulls beat Plant City 35-21 to improve to 9-0 on the season. The Bulls will face Pinellas Park in the region quarterfinals next week.
Logan Kopp (Lindbergh High School) - Kopp's sensational season ended off the field last week as Linbdergh had to forfeit its playoff game with Fox High School on Monday because of COVID issues at Lindbergh. Kopp finished with 14 total touchdowns, he added 34 tackles and two interceptions. Lindbergh finished with a 5-2 record, but it's too bad that Kopp can't keep playing, he had a great year on the field for the Flyers.
Kody Huisman (Pella High School) - Huisman's Pella Dutch had their season ended in the second round of the Iowa playoffs. Huisman finished the year with 36 tackles, ten of them going for a loss.
Nasir Howell (North Cobb High School) - Howell was involved in one of the games of the year in the state of Georgia Friday night as North Cobb met up with the defending state champions in their class, Marietta. The Warriors won the game, 28-26 to improve to 8-1 on the season. Howell's stats were not available Sunday night, but his team has clinched the number one seed and home field advantage in the playoffs. They wrap the regular season next week.
Cole Payton (Omaha Westside High School) - The Warriors were challenged for the first time this season, coming in the Nebraska Class A semifinals, rallying for a 35-33 win over Millard South. Payton was held in check for the first time this season, completing 7 of 16 passes for 101 yards and an interception. He added 18 carries for 73 yards and a touchdown as the Warriors got the go ahead touchdown from Nebraska commit Dom Rezac with 3:36 remaining in the fourth quarter. Westside will play for the state championship next week on its home field against Elkhorn South this coming Friday.
Westside is headed back to the state title game! They really had to earn it tonight against Millard South in an awesome back and forth game. Here are the extended full-game highlights from @ColePayton9 @_dickerson1 @BretzKoby @dominic_rezac #6Sports pic.twitter.com/X8Qq1OMjVK— Rex Smith (@RexSmithTV) November 14, 2020
Finn Diggins (Perham High School) - Perham wrapped its regular season with two straight wins, as they blew out Fergus Falls, 34-8. Diggins did not figure in the scoring for this game as his team raced out to a 34-0 lead over the Otters. Perham will open the section playoffs on Tuesday with a home game against Park Rapids.
Sam Henry (Eden Prairie High School) - Eden Prairie completed a perfect regular season with a 24-14 win last week over St. Michael-Albertville. The Eagles for 152 yards in the process with Henry blocking all the while. Eden Prairie is now 6-0 on the season and will play the winner of Roseville and Prior Lake in the section semifinals on Saturday night.
Reggie King (Grandview High School) - King's Grandview team knocked off Lincoln College Prep 14-3 Friday night to win the district championship. Lincoln College came in averaging 36 points per game and Grandview limited them to just 105 yards of offense and had two interceptions. Grandview improved to 6-5 on the season and will play Smithville this coming Friday.
Alex Oechsner (Waukesha Catholic Memorial School) - Oechsner had the best game of the weekend for a Bison recruit as Catholic Memorial opened the Wisconsin playoffs routing Elkhorn, 42-7. Oechsner scored touchdowns three different ways Friday, with a 15 yard rushing touchdown, a 21 yard receiving touchdown, then added a 65 yard punt return touchdown as well. Catholic Memorial will play Whitefish Bay in the next round of the playoffs this coming Friday.
Kayden Warren (Rice Lake High School) - Warren's Rice Lake team advanced on in the Wisconsin playoffs as they knocked off Medford for the second time in three weeks, 20-14. Warren's stats were not available as of Sunday night, Rice Lake will advance to play New Richmond this weekend.
Cam Devine (Brookfield Central High School) - If Oechsner's game was the best, Devine was pretty close. He put his team on his back Friday night, scoring the game winning touchdown in overtime to beat Cedarburg, 27-24. Devine was tremendous, carrying the ball 25 times for 178 yards and three touchdowns, including the game winner in overtime to send his team on to the next round. They will face Mukwonago this coming Thursday in the next round of the playoffs.
Mike Florentine (Lincoln Way-East High School) - Florentine announced his commitment last week to NDSU. Florentine is a long snapper for the defending 8A state champions in Illinois. Illinois high school football is not being played in the fall and has been pushed to the spring.
Ryan Jones (Frisco Reedy High School) - Reedy came off a bye week and blew out Denton, 41-3. The Lions defense came up with three interceptions on the night. Jones' stats were not available as of Sunday night. Reedy will face Wakeland this coming Thursday.