9-man football round-up
The Towner-Granville-Upham Titans were able to get a lead in the first quarter last week at home.
And that lead continued into the second quarter, until the St. John Woodchucks responded-and caused a 34-32 loss.
Titans quarterback Kolter Schell got his team on the board first, capping a drive with a four-yard run for a score. Classmate and tight end Cole Bethke would later run it in for 10 yards to give the Titans a 12-0 lead.
That lead would then become an 18-0 lead with Schell on a 41-yard keeper.
The Woodchucks then provided their first response of the night, with junior quarterback Bryor Parisien connecting with classmate Kyler McGillis on a 52-yard pass. Parisien would later keep the ball on a 37-yard running score. With two conversions, the Woodchucks would end the first half down by two.
Schell started second half scoring by connecting with junior wideout James Rosencrans on a 15-yard pass. The Woodchucks then responded with a second quarterback keeper for nine yards.
McGillis then opened fourth quarter scoring on a 21-yard run. While Titans senior running back Caleb Cross was able to score on a short yard play, the Woodchucks had a response in hand. Parisien later had his third keeper on the night for six yards, putting the Chucks ahead by two.
The Titans traveled to Maddock on Friday to face the Benson County Wildcats, and host the Surrey Mustangs on Oct. 7.
Homecoming victory for Cougars
The North Prairie Cougars capped off their Homecoming week with a 74-20 drubbing of the Dunseith Dragons last week in Rolla.
The Cougars had a dynamic first half, starting with senior fullback Garrett Munro ending a drive on a 40-yard run for a score, and for 35 yards on another. Junior running back Gabe Leonard then had two short touchdown runs to end the first quarter, 32-0.
Munro then opened the second quarter scoring on a 35-yard run.
On defense, Cougars linebacker Austin Soukup later intercepted a pass attempt by Dragons sophomore quarterback Hunter Gladue and returned it for a 35-yard touchdown. Scores by Leonard and Carson Wilkes had the game pretty much in hand for the Cougars.
The Dragons were able to get on the board in the second half, starting with Gladue connecting with junior wide receiver Antoine Rivera on a 39-yard pass.
In the fourth quarter, after Cougars sophomore running back Grant Munro was able to score on a 19-yard run, Kieler Counts provided an answer from the Dragons in the form of a 33-yard touchdown run. Gladue and Rivera would later connect again, this time on a 65-yard completion.
The Cougars traveled to Drake on Friday to take on the Drake-Anamoose Raiders, and on Oct. 7 travel to Cando to take on the North Star Bearcats.
– In other action, the Wildcats fell, 44-6, to the Mustangs. Winless so far this season, the Wildcats faced the Titans at home on Friday, and will travel to St. John on Oct. 7 to face the Woodchucks.
– The state 9-man game will take place Friday, Nov. 11 at the Fargodome, just 20 minutes after Class A 11-man game (which starts at 9 a.m.) ends. The battle for that spot will begin Oct. 15.
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