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Knights turn out lights on Bruins

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Ryan Chappell is developing quite the reputation. "He's deadly," said Fargo South coach Jim Schilling of the Grand Forks Central standout. "He's very good. We knew we wanted to keep the ball away from him." But Chappell got h...

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Ryan Chappell is developing quite the reputation.

"He's deadly," said Fargo South coach Jim Schilling of the Grand Forks Central standout. "He's very good. We knew we wanted to keep the ball away from him."

But Chappell got his touches Friday night and lived up to his billing. The junior's 87-yard kickoff return and his 53-yard touchdown run paced Central to a 29-14 Eastern Dakota Conference football victory at Cushman Field.

"For the most part, we kept him hemmed in," Schilling said of Chappell. "That's what they've been doing all year."

Chappell's touchdown return came on the game's opening kickoff and provided a quick 7-0 lead. It was Chappell's third kick return score this season for the Knights, who improved to 5-2 overall and 3-2 in the EDC.

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"You get him in the open field and he's tough to defend," Central coach Mike Berg said. "He's a dangerous ball player."

Chappell, all 5-foot-10, 160 pounds of him, is the EDC's leading rusher. He finished with 117 yards rushing, including a 9-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter that gave the Knights a

14-6 lead.

But it was his effort in the fourth quarter that did the Bruins in.

Holding a 20-14 advantage and trying to run down the clock, Chappell instead broke free for a 53-yard burst down the sidelines with 4:05 remaining.

The big play has become the norm for the Knights, who also got a 72-yard run from Jason Diedrich.

"At least one for sure (in a game)," Chappell said. "We just want to control the ball, but the big play has been there for us."

It wasn't there for South.

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The Bruins, after a productive first half that included 191 yards rushing on 33 attempts, were not allowed past the Central 49 in the second half. South managed only 33 yards on the ground and 74 total over the final two quarters.

"They started blitzing us a little bit and we had trouble with our blocking schemes," Schilling said. "We put ourselves in bad situations. We just made error after error."

South was flagged for 10 penalties for 59 yards.

"It happened more than it should have," Schilling said. "We just have to get back on the right track next week."

Casey Feigum paced the Bruins with 145 yards rushing and scored both touchdowns.

South, which had its three-game winning streak snapped, fell to 4-3 overall and 3-2 in the EDC.

"We really have some work cut out for us," Schilling said.

South 6 8 0 0--14

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Central 14 6 0 9--29

GFC--Chappell 87 yard kickoff return (Puttbrese kick)

FS--Feigum 3 run (kick blocked)

GFC--Chappell 9 run (Puttbrese kick)

FS--Feigum 2 run (Lundblad kick)

GFC--Kreitinger 1 run (kick failed)

GFC--Chappell 53 run (Puttbrese kick)

GFC--Safety, tackled in end zone.

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING: FS, Feigum 25-145, Johnson 15-68, Lundblad 12-16, Bishoff 1-(-5). GFC, Chappell 21-117, Diedrich 5-111, Moreno 3-9, Kreitinger 4-4, Landry 1-4, Guzman 2-4, Ware 1-0.

PASSING: FS, Lundblad 4-15-1 25 yards, Dawson 1-1-0 11. GFC, Kreitinger 2-4-0 6, Landry 3-4-0 36.

RECEIVING: FS, Wurzbacher 2-10, Lundblad 1-11, Kappel 1-9, Bishoff 1-6. GFC, Chappell 3-7, Ware 1-27, Brathwaite 1-8.

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