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PHOTOS: Scenes from 11B top-ranked Kindred, 11A No. 2-ranked Fargo North season-opening victories

The Kindred Vikings are the defending North Dakota Class 11B state football champions and opened their season Friday night against the Lisbon Broncos

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Lisbon's Boeden Greenley dives to snare Kindred's Kylan Swenson at Jerlow Field in Kindred on Friday, Aug. 19, 2022.
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FARGO — The Kindred Vikings started defense of their North Dakota Class 11B state championship with stellar defense.

The top-ranked Vikings opened their regular season with a 19-0 home victory Friday night against the Lisbon Broncos.

“It was great for us," Kindred head coach Matt Crane said. "I don’t know if you learn a ton if you blow a team out. We’re going to have a ton of teaching tape. To play a quality opponent and get a win, wins are never easy. ... Our defense, I was super pleased with how stingy they were. For the most part of this game, they were really flying around.”

Kindred limited the Broncos to less than 100 yards. Vikings senior quarterback Jorgen Swenson threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to sophomore Kylan Swenson in the first quarter. Jorgen also added a 58-yard TD pass to senior Charlie Biewer in the opening quarter for a 13-0 lead.

Vikings senior running back Trey Heinrich added a 6-yard TD run in the fourth quarter for a 19-0 lead.

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“I like the fact that we were able to escape with a win," Crane said. "It was a tough-fought game. We knew going in Week 1 that we had an opponent that was going to be very physical and they were. They definitely matched us up front.”

Crane added it was nice to get through the opener after last season's state championship.

“It’s a weight lifted off the shoulders," Crane said. "For us with the attention that we have because of the fact that we won state last year, I wanted us to get to this point. We needed to understand this is a new year and this is a new team and this is a new season. Now we’re officially underway.”

Fargo North, ranked No. 2 in Class 11A, earned a 56-7 home victory against the West Fargo Horace Hawks, who were playing in their first varsity game.

Below are images and scenes from both games:

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Lisbon's Boeden Greenley fends off Kindred's Charlie Biewer at Jerlow Field in Kindred on Friday, August 19, 2022.
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Kindred's Charlie Biewer breaks free on a long touchdown reception past Lisbon's Mike Nelson at Jerlow Field in Kindred on Friday, Aug. 19, 2022.
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Lisbon players take a break during play against Kindred at Jerlow Field in Kindred on Friday, August 19, 2022.
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Kindred's Camron Schwartzwalter intercepts a pass intended for Lisbon's Mike Nelson at Jerlow Field in Kindred on Friday, August 19, 2022.
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Kindred's Kylan Swenson gathers in a touchdown reception for the first Vikings score of the season against Lisbon's Mike Nelson at Jerlow Field in Kindred on Friday, August 19, 2022.
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Kindred players ready for introductions before kickoff against Lisbon at Jerlow Field in Kindred on Friday, August 19, 2022.
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Kindred's Riley Sunram takes a break at halftime during play against Lisbon at Jerlow Field in Kindred on Friday, August 19, 2022.
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Kindred senior Jack Packer is introduced before kickoff against Lisbon at Jerlow Field in Kindred on Friday, Aug. 19, 2022.
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Kindred's Jorgen Swenson kicks off the new season against Lisbon at Jerlow Field in Kindred on Friday, August 19, 2022.
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Kindred players huddle up before kickoff against Lisbon at Jerlow Field in Kindred on Friday, August 19, 2022.
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Kindred's Kylan Swenson celebrates his touchdown reception against Lisbon with teammates Jorgen Swenson (6) and Masen Allmaras (2) at Jerlow Field in Kindred on Friday, August 19, 2022.
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Kindred and Lisbon captains meet before kickoff at Jerlow Field in Kindred on Friday, August 19, 2022.
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Kindred youth play on the new mini field at the Jerlow Field complex in Kindred on Friday, August 19, 2022.
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Fargo North's Jeremiah Sem celebrates a touchdown against West Fargo Horace during their football game Friday, Aug. 19, 2022, at North.
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West Fargo Horace's Dylan Johnson scores against Fargo North during their football game Friday, Aug. 19, 2022, at North.
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Fargo North's John Williams breaks away on a touchdown run against West Fargo Horace during their football game Friday, Aug. 19, 2022, at North.
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Fargo North's Jim Miller is challenged by West Fargo Horace's Ty Geray during their football game Friday, Aug. 19, 2022, at North.
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Fargo North's Peder Haugo charges toward a touchdown against West Fargo Horace during their football game Friday, Aug. 19, 2022, at North.
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Peterson covers college athletics for The Forum, including Concordia College and Minnesota State Moorhead. He also covers the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks independent baseball team and helps out with North Dakota State football coverage. Peterson has been working at the newspaper since 1996.
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