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 14 verbal commitments to date, with just a handful that were able to get on campus before the pandemic shut down all visits.
This weekend, Minnesota high school football kicked off its shortened season. Here's a brief recap of the Bison commits fared this weekend.
Barika Kpeenu (West Fargo Sheyenne) - Sheyenne showed why they're a contender for a state championship Friday night. The Mustangs held previously unbeaten Fargo Davies to just 87 yards of offense, while Kpeenu racked up 100 yards rushing on 18 carries and a touchdown in a 29-0 win. Kpeenu and the Mustangs were playing their first game in three weeks, after having to shut down for a week because of a positive COVID case. Sheyenne is in line to win the EDC for a third straight season, they play at Fargo South Friday.
Enock Sibomana (Fargo South) - Fargo South has turned around its season after a brutal start. The Bruins won for the third straight time, beating Grand Forks Red River 28-0. Sibomana was terrific, he had 16 carries for 84 yards, while adding a 12 yard touchdown reception. The Bruins are now 3-3 on the season, but will need a win and some help to reach the playoffs in 2020. Sibomana has had a really nice season.
Truman Werremeyer (Fargo Davies) - Werremeyer was held in check offensively as was his whole team, limited to nine rushing yards on four carries. He was his usual self on defense, leading the Eagles with 8.5 tackles as Davies lost for the first time this season. They have another huge game this coming Friday against Shanley to determine home field in the 3A playoffs. You can watch the game on WDAY Xtra this Friday night.
Jaxon Duttenhefer (Mandan) - Duttenhefer and the Braves lost a thriller Friday night to Bismarck Legacy 21-20 in overtime. Duttenhefer has racked up 20 tackles on the season and two safeties, which he had in their last game, a win over Dickinson. Mandan heads to Williston for its next to last game of the season this Friday.
Logan Kopp (Lindbergh High School) - After a tremendous season opener for Kopp and Lindbergh, the Flyers lost to Eureka High School 21-7. Kopp finished with 12 carries for 86 yards, while adding another 14 tackles on defense. Kopp is going to be one player to watch for as long as the high school season goes.
Cole Payton (Omaha Westside) - The Warriors keep rolling and Payton is a major reason why. The quarterback had another great game as Westside beat Norfolk, 52-3. Payton went 10 of 19 for 185 yards and three touchdown passes, he added another 32 yards rushing. Omaha Westside is a perfect 7-0 and wraps the regular season next week.
Britton Pascoe (Bloomingdale High School) - Bloomingdale took out Durant High School 30-0 Friday night but Pascoe did not play because of an injury he suffered in the previous game.
Nasir Howell (North Cobb High School) - Howell's North Cobb Warriors lost to North Gwinnett 16-0 Friday. North Gwinnett is the alma mater of current NDSU receiver DJ Hart. No stats were available yet of Howell's game.
Sam Henry (Eden Prairie High School) - The highly anticipated season opener in Minnesota was a welcome one for the Eagles, who blasted Minnetonka, 34-7. Henry, who's the starting left tackle for the Eagles, helped block the way that saw EP run for 196 yards in the win.
Kody Huisman (Pella High School) - The big man from Pella, Iowa had another big performance. The Dutch knocked off Nevada High School 35-7 Friday, which gave Pella the district title with the win. Huisman continues to have a monster senior season, racking up seven tackles in the game.
Finn Diggins (Perham High School) - The opening night for the Yellowjackets was a successful one and Diggins was a big reason why. Perham knocked off Park Rapids 40-7 and Diggins was all over the place. Diggins racked up six receptions for 100 yards, along with a touchdown. He then chipped in three tackles and a sack on defense. Diggins is one of the hidden gems in Minnesota that will be worth watching.
Reggie King (Grandview High School) - King's Grandview Bulldogs beat Ruskin 48-6 Friday night. King was involved in one of the crazier plays of the night, throwing a touchdown pass on a double reverse. Grandview improved to 3-4 on the season with the victory.
Alex Oechsner (Waukesha Catholic High School) - Oechsner's team lost to Menomonee Falls 34-7, but he was involved in all facets of the game. Oechsner finished with two carries for 11 yards, he had 7 receptions for 40 yards and the lone touchdown in the game. He chipped in eight tackles in the loss as well. Oechsner is one of the better small school players in Wisconsin, he's been fun to keep track of so far this year.
Kayden Warren (Rice Lake High School) - Rice Lake lost to Chippewa Falls 27-25, in a thriller where Rice Lake rallied from a 21 point deficit to nearly tie the game at the end. Rice Lake attempted a two point conversion in the final minute but didn't convert, falling by two. No stats from Warren were available as of yet.