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Midgets shock South

It was a 15-yard penalty the Dickinson Midgets would take every time, because it meant they completed a comeback as improbable as any in North Dakota high school football.

It was a 15-yard penalty the Dickinson Midgets would take every time, because it meant they completed a comeback as improbable as any in North Dakota high school football.

Jeremy Burgard's 58-yard sprint with 8:58 left in the fourth quarter proved the winning blow in Dickinson's stunning 34-28 victory over Fargo South Friday at the Fargodome.

It capped a second half that saw the Midgets score 27 unanswered points to erase a 28-7 halftime deficit.

Burgard received an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for celebrating excessively after the score -- although truth be told the senior didn't do anything major.

"I don't even remember what I did. The emotions were just flying so much, I don't even know," Burgard said. "I was just so pumped. There is nothing like that feeling."

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The feeling was at the other end of the spectrum for the Bruins.

South used a bevy of Dickinson turnovers and penalties to jump to a 28-7 halftime lead. Running back Mike Johnson scored two touchdowns, quarterback Josh Lundblad ran for one and Mike Dawson threw a scoring strike to Matt Bishoff as the Bruins dominated the first half.

But South self-destructed in the second half with four turnovers and several key penalties. Dickinson scored touchdowns after the first three turnovers to pull within 28-26.

"We didn't take care of the ball and we gave them life," South coach Jim Schilling said. "When they got life, they just kept going and going and we couldn't stop them."

The anatomy of the comeback looks like this:

- Following an interception, Dickinson receiver Luke Moormann caught a 29-yard pass from Derrick Popeil to make it 28-14 with 4:32 left in the third.

- After a fumbled punt, Popeil hit Kelly Greer on a 39-yard touchdown pass to close the gap to 28-20.

- After another fumble, Burgard ran 5 yards for a touchdown to make it 28-26.

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- Following a South punt, Burgard broke the next play 58 yards for the go-ahead score.

"What do you say?" asked Dickinson coach Dean Goodall. "I'm speechless. High school football is a game of momentum and usually when you trail like we did you don't come back from it. I can't explain it."

Dickinson 7 0 7 20-- 34

Fargo South 14 14 0 0--28

FS--Johnson 2 run (kick failed)

D--Kleinjan 73 pass from Popeil (Das kick)

FS--Lundblad 18 run (Johnson run)

FS--Johnson 7 run (kick failed)

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FS--Bishoff 8 pass from Dawson (Dawson kick)

D--Moormann 29 pass from Popeil (Das kick)

D--Greer 38 pass from Popiel (kick failed)

D--Burgard 5 run (kick failed)

D--Burgard 58 run (Burgard run)

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING: Dickinson, Burgard 17-97, Holinka 9-28, Greer 2-4, Popiel 7(-17), Davis 1-2, Tallmon 1(-1). South, Johnson 18-62, Lundblad 3-42, Fors 3-8, Dawson 2 (-4).

PASSING: Dickinson, Popiel 6-10-1 155 yards. South, Lundblad 7-24-2 99, Dawson 3-7-0 45.

RECEIVING: Dickinson, Moormann 2-38, Kleinjan 1-73, Greer 1-38, Martin 1-2. South, Wurzbacher 5-91, Bishoff 4-33.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Mike McFeely at (701) 241-5580

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