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WATCH: North Dakota state champions crowned, and Minnesota state title picture becomes clearer

Highlights from all four Dakota Bowl 30 title games and three Minnesota state quarterfinal matchups

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Fargo Shanley players celebrate their win over Bismarck Century after the North Dakota 11AA championship game at the Fargodome on Friday, Nov. 11, 2022.
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SHANLEY OVERPOWERS CENTURY IN 11AA TITLE GAME

FARGO - Shanley opened the 11AA championship game with three quick touchdowns and never looked back en route to a 48-7 win over Bismarck Century. Shanley's Michael Rostberg opened the scoring with a rushing touchdown. Century had a chance to make the game close before halftime with a Kyan Barth to Gavin Lill touchdown connection, but on the next drive, Shanley's Sam Ovsak returned an interception for a touchdown. Rostberg finished the game with six touchdowns as the Deacons won their 10th state title and first since 2018.

"These kids were waiting for that four-quarter game and obviously today we got it," said head coach Troy Mattern. "I couldn't be more proud of these kids. They were locked in.

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"It was such a special group. After we lost to Sheyenne last year in the semis, they came that Monday and it was just a whole different vibe and energy. They did it throughout the spring, throughout the summer, throughout fall camp. They deserve to be champions."

JAMESTOWN PULLS AWAY FROM NORTH FOR BACK-TO-BACK TITLES

FARGO - Jamestown and Fargo North exchanged touchdowns in the first half, but a strong fourth quarter gave the Blue Jays their second-straight championship. Peder Haugo opened the scoring with a 22-yard run for North. Jamestown rallied and built a 25-14 lead with a 45-yard pass from Payton Hochhalter to Nate Walz. It was 32-21 at the half, but Jamestown outscored North 14-7 in the fourth quarter to seal the win.

"Right at the end there, just winning, just celebrating with my team," said Hochhalter. "Love them, love my team. It feels amazing. We've done something no one else has done, so I'm speechless right now."

"We did it for the seniors. I know how much work they've put in and I just wanted to get it to them as much as I could," Walz said. "It feels great. Let's go back and get another one."

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VELVA/DRAKE-ANAMOOSE/GARRISON HOLDS OFF CENTRAL CASS IN 11B

FARGO - In a thrilling 11B championship game, Velva/Drake-Anamoose/Garrison snuck past Central Cass. Down 16-14 at the half, Central Cass answered quickly in the third with a pass from Brayden Mitchell to Peyton Lemar. Velva re-took the lead on a quarterback keeper by Ben Schepp. The Squirrels had a chance to answer in the fourth, but were stopped at the goalline. Velva/Drake-Anamoose/Garrison sends Larry Sandy to retirement with a state title.

"This is awfully special. Great way for this team to send me out," Sandy said. "I just appreciate the hard work these kids have done, my coaching staff has done, and the community supporting us. It's just a dream."

NEW SALEM-ALMONT KNOCKS OFF CAVALIER IN OT OF THE 9B CHAMPIONSHIP

FARGO - New Salem-Almont and Cavalier played extra football to decide a champion in the 9B division. The Holsteins held on for a 28-26 overtime win. Cavalier's fourth-quarter touchdown by Sterling Enneson from 20 yards out put the Tornadoes in front 20-12. New Salem came roaring back, though. Brock Norton muscled in from five yards out to tie the game at 20 and send it to overtime. The Holsteins picked up a touchdown and two-point conversion on the first possession of the extra period. Cavalier responded with a touchdown, but could not convert the two-point try as New Salem came away with the trophy.

"That's an exciting football game right there," said head coach Steve Kleinjan. "Our kids were resilient, they didn't lose their poise, they hung in there and got the job done in the end. It's amazing.

"I can't describe the emotions right now. I feel great for these kids, our community, our fans, and our school. It's just a tremendous feeling."

MINNEOTA RUNS ALL OVER BRECKENRIDGE TO ADVANCE TO SEMIFINALS

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ALEXANDRIA– In Minnesota Class A State quarterfinals Breckenridge took on Minneota in Alexandria.

In the first quarter, Minneota's Kayden Lasnetski took the handoff and raced into the endzone, to put them 7-0.

On the ensuing kickoff Breckenridge's Paul Armitage would waste no time and took it 93-yards to the house to tie the game up.

In the second quarter Minneota up six points when Ryan Meagher ran it up the gut 15-yards for the score…

Minneota would go on to win 35-7, and advances to semifinals.

THUNDERBIRDS FALL IN BRAINERD IN SEASON ENDING LOSS TO DEER RIVER

BRAINERD– The Mahnomen/Waubun Thunderbirds traveled to Brainerd to make their 27th state tournament appearance taking on Deer River.

Thunderbird quarterback Dennis Villebrun Ashely connected with Tyson Mcarthur for a completion he would take it down to the 15-yard line.

A few plays later, Jameson Donner got into the end zone, and would convert on the 2-point conversion to put them up 8-0.

But Deer River would prove to be too much for Mahnomen-Waubun and their season ends 26-14.

MOUNTAIN IRON-BUHL OFFENSE INSURMOUNTABLE FOR KITTSON COUNTY CENTRAL 

MOORHEAD– Another 9-man semi final matchup in Moorhead saw Kittson County Central take on Mountain Iron-Buh.

In the third quarter, M-I-B was up 22-14 Damian Tapio took the pitch down the sideline 50-yards to the house, to put The Rangers up 28-14.

Next Ranger drive saw Asher Zubich hit Colton Gallus in the middle, he shook a defender and motored for a touchdown!

Mountain Iron-Buhl wins 42-28 and advances.

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