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
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.
“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:
"Yeah we're smiling, we just made history." The words of Horace coach Harvey McMahon to his team preparing to pose for a team photo.— Ryan Spitza (@RySpitza) August 20, 2022
Commendable effort for @WFHoraceFB, which took the varsity field for the first time in program history against Fargo North tonight. #NDPreps pic.twitter.com/iwnKKMoPv9