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, including a pair this past week, including one from Frisco, Texas.
Here's a brief recap of how they performed this weekend.
Barika Kpeenu (West Fargo Sheyenne) - Kpeenu saved his best performance of the season for the biggest game. With his team trailing in the 4th quarter, Kpeenu came up with a 4th down reception to keep a drive alive and then scored the game winning touchdown in the semifinals to give Sheyenne a 28-21 win over Bismarck to advance to the 3A championship game. Kpeenu finished with 14 carries for 95 yards and two touchdowns, while adding three receptions for 62 yards and a touchdown. Kpeenu and Sheyenne will play in the state title game for the second straight season against Bismarck Century, the defending champions. You can watch the game on WDAY Friday night at 7.
Truman Werremeyer (Fargo Davies) - Werremeyer's season ended last week when 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 Friday in the state semifinals, falling to Bismarck Century 45-21. Duttenhefer's stats weren't available as of Sunday, but he finished the regular season with 33 tackles, 13 of them for loss.
Britton Pascoe (Bloomingdale High School) - Pascoe is healing after surgery that happened last week. His Bloomingdale Bulls beat Newsome High School 38-10 to complete the first undefeated regular season in school history at 8-0. Bloomingdale opens the Florida High School playoffs next week.
Logan Kopp (Lindbergh High School) - Kopp's sensational season continued Friday night as his Lindbergh Flyers knocked off Saint Louis University 28-21. Kopp accounted for 26 carries for 166 yards and three touchdowns in the win. Kopp added two tackles on defense as his team moves on to the District 1 final and will face Fox High School this coming weekend.
Kody Huisman (Pella High School) - Huisman's Pella Dutch had their season ended last week in the Iowa playoffs. Huisman finished the year with 36 tackles, ten of them going for a loss.
Nasir Howell (North Cobb High School) - Howell's North Cobb Warriors knocked off Hillgrove 39-14 to improve to 7-1 on the season. Howell's stats were not available as of Sunday night, but the Warrior defense has forced nine turnovers in the last two games. They will face the defending state champions in their class, Marietta this coming Friday. They have two games left in the regular season.
Cole Payton (Omaha Westside High School) - NDSU's quarterback recruit continued to tear up the stat sheet on Friday. Westside routed Lincoln East 48-29 to advance to the Nebraska 6A semifinals. Payton went 6 of 12 for 98 yards with a touchdown and an interception. He added nine carries for 166 yards and three touchdowns on the ground as the Warriors improved to 10-0 on the season. Westside will face Millard South in the semifinals this weekend.
🏈BRETZ CAN CATCH! Future #Huskers DB Koby Bretz helped Omaha Westside advance to the state semifinals for the 2nd straight season! @BretzKoby @WHS_WarriorFB @Westside66 #nebpreps— Adam Krueger (@AdamKruegerTV) November 7, 2020
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Finn Diggins (Perham High School) - Diggins' Yellowjackets snapped a three game losing skid Friday night with a 42-7 win over East Grand Forks. Diggins' stats weren't available as of Sunday night. Perham improved to 2-3 on the season they wrap the regular season this coming Wednesday against Fergus Falls.
Sam Henry (Eden Prairie High School) - Eden Prairie continues to bulldoze opponents in this shortened Minnesota High School football season, as the Eagles routed Prior Lake 35-7. Henry blocked the way for another huge night on the ground, as Eden Prairie ran the ball 42 times for 259 yards and five touchdowns. Eden Prairie is now 5-0 on the season and will play St. Michael-Albertville on Wednesday.
Reggie King (Grandview High School) - King's Grandview team picked up a 13-7 win over Kansas City Center Friday night. King's stats were not available as of Sunday night, the Bulldogs will play for the district title this coming week.
Alex Oechsner (Waukesha Catholic Memorial) - Oechsner scored the game winning touchdown with 18 seconds remaining in the game as Catholic Memorial beat Pewaukee 14-7. Oechsner finished with four carries for 43 yards and that touchdown, he added six tackles on defense. Catholic Memorial will face Elkhorn in the Division 2 playoff opener on Friday.
Kayden Warren (Rice Lake High School) - Rice Lake knocked off Wausau West 26-23 Friday. No stats were available as of Sunday night, Rice Lake will face Medford in the opening round of the Wisconsin playoffs this weekend.
Cam Devine (Brookfield Central High School) - Devine was sensational Friday night as Brookfield Central knocked off Marquette, 47-14. Devine carried the ball 22 times for 205 yards and racked up four touchdowns in the win. The Lancers move on to the Wisconsin Division 1 playoffs and will match up with Burlington High School on Friday. The 200 yard performance was Devine's second of the season.
Ryan Jones (Frisco Reedy High School) - One of the two new commits hails from the FCS Championship Game site. Jones' Reedy Lions had the week off this Friday as they hit the stretch of this season. Reedy has a 3-2 record so far this year with four games remaining.
Mike Florentine (Lincoln Way-East High School) - Florentine announced his commitment on Tuesday 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.