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Pair of trick plays help Richland to state football win

COLFAX, N.D. - Befitting the (Halloween) day, Richland used two tricks to take a narrow halftime lead. But in the second half the Colts needed just their normal treats - big-play speedsters - to complete their 48-32 win over Thompson in the North...

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Richland’s Brady Heyen forces Thompson’s Malek Larimer out of bounds during the quarterfinals of the North Dakota 9-man state football playoffs Saturday in Colfax. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

COLFAX, N.D. – Befitting the (Halloween) day, Richland used two tricks to take a narrow halftime lead. But in the second half the Colts needed just their normal treats – big-play speedsters – to complete their 48-32 win over Thompson in the North Dakota 9-man state football playoff quarterfinals.
Richland’s first two scoring plays – resulting in a 14-12 edge at halftime – came on a screen pass from quarterback Brady Heyen to Jake Ihland that covered 88 yards and a reverse that fooled the Tommies and resulted in a 25-yard touchdown run for Nathan Myers. It was only the second time this season the Colts utilized the screen pass and the debut for the reverse.
“The reverse was a first for us, but I think any time you run a reverse, a defense is not looking for it,” Richland coach John Freeman said. “I think we surprised them at that time.”
Besides, the Colts had to do something different because playmaker Ihland was held to 7 rushing yards on nine carries in the first half. The second half was entirely different for the team’s leading rusher and scorer, as they adjusted to the Tommies’ relentless blitzes. With some new blocking schemes after halftime, the junior finished with 162 yards on 17 carries, eclipsing 1,600 rushing yards on the season.
“Our offensive line got to their linebackers in the second half after they crashed down real hard in the first half,” Ihland said. “We utilized the whole field and spread it out a lot.”
The teams swapped touchdowns to start the second half, but then the Colts had a three-touchdown run to take a 42-18 lead. While Ihland was the workhorse, Travor Flaa had three touchdowns on five touches while Myers had touchdowns on both of his touches.
“They stuck to their game plan and had success,” Thompson coach Brady Schwab said. “They blocked better in the second half and we had a few missed tackles.
“We executed our offense, but we just got outscored. Our defense actually played pretty well most of the time, but we had some breakdowns in some key spots.”
The Tommies were frustrated by rolling up more than 400 yards on the ground and more than 500 total yards – approximately 100 more yards than the winners. The centerpiece was junior quarterback Calen Schwabe, who had 27 carries for 276 yards and completed six passes for another 114. However, he also had two interceptions that halted scoring threats.
Schwabe had scoring runs covering 46, 76 and 60 yards and also found younger brother Cadyn Schwabe on a 40-yard scoring pass.
The high-scoring affair wasn’t a big surprise because Thompson came in averaging 49.2 points per game while Richland averaged 55.8.
“If a defense is not in great shape, we wear them down,” Ihland said.
Thompson finished 9-1 while the Colts will take a 10-0 record in their semifinal meeting with Shiloh Christian.
T 6 6 6 14–32
R 8 6 12 22–48
T–Cal. Schwabe 46 run (pass failed)
R–Ihland 88 pass from Heyen (Lingen pass from Heyen)
T–Cal. Schwabe 76 run (run failed)
R–Myers 25 run (pass failed)
R–Flaa 6 run (pass failed)
T–Cal. Schwabe 60 run (pass failed)
R–Myers 25 pass from Heyen (pass failed)
R–Flaa 8 run (Flaa pass from Heyen)
R–Flaa 17 pass from Heyen (Ihland run)
T–Cad. Schwabe 40 pass from Cal. Schwabe (Cal. Schwabe run)
T–Hjelmstad 47 pass from Cal. Schwabe (Cal. Schwabe run)
R–Ihland 12 run (run failed)
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
RUSHING: T, Cal. Schwabe 27-276, Larimer 20-96, Dietrich 9-41, Sorby 3-15. R, Ihland 26-169, Flaa 3-17.
PASSING: T, Cal. Schwabe 6-16-2 114 yards. R, Heyen 7-14-2 123.
RECEIVING: T, Hjelmstad 3-56, Cad. Schwabe 1-40. R, Flaa 2-25, Myers 1-25.

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