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Headline Story: West Fargo Sheyenne head football coach Jeremy Newton doesn’t care when or how his team finds the end zone on Friday; he just wants them to score.
The Mustangs have been shut out in the last two meetings with Bismarck Century, the team they are set to face Friday night in arguably the most anticipated North Dakota Class 11AA game of the regular season. All three of the previous meetings between the region powerhouses have been in the postseason, with the last two on the biggest stage in North Dakota high school football.
FARGO — Oh, for the halcyon days of 2014 and 2015 when both North Dakota State and Illinois State were Football Championship Subdivision giants. The Bison and Redbirds met in a classic — perhaps the most classic — national championship game in the division's history after the 2014 season, which NDSU won. The Redbirds were poised for another matchup with the Bison in the 2015 playoffs, but lost unexpectedly en route.
As it stands the Bison have now won 10 straight against Illinois State, dating to 2010. And it will be considered an upset if the Redbirds win this Saturday in Normal, Ill. NDSU (5-0) opened as 21.5-point favorites against Illinois State (2-3).
FARGO — Former Minnesota State Moorhead wrestler Tim Johnson has always wanted to visit Russia and that trip will coincide with Johnson fighting a mixed martial arts icon in the country’s capital city.
“I get paid to travel to a country I’ve always wanted to go to and get to fight one of their country’s greatest fighters ever,” said Johnson, who wrestled for the Dragons from 2008-2010.
The 36-year-old Johnson is set to fight legendary Russian heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko on Saturday, Oct. 23, at RTB Arena in Moscow, headlining Bellator 269. The four-fight main card is slated to be televised on Showtime at 2 p.m. (CST).