Divide County runs over Raiders
CROSBY – Divide County rushed for 442 yards and five touchdowns on 57 carries Saturday as the Maroons defeated Richardton-Taylor-Hebron 34-20 in the first round of the 9-man state playoffs.
Divide County senior Will Landsverk totaled a game-high 214 yards rushing, with touchdown runs of 54 and 14 yards. Senior quarterback Isaac Jacobs added 180 yards on 22 carries.
Tied at 14 at halftime, the Maroons (8-2) scored 20 unanswered points to advance to the quarterfinals, where they’ll play at Shiloh Christian on Saturday.
The Raiders (7-3) took the early lead when Lane Voltz found Cory Rebel for a 17-yard touchdown with 2 minutes, 47 seconds remaining in the first quarter. Lane Aune’s 10-yard run tied the game with 1:07 left in the first half.
No. 2 TGU 42,
TOWNER – TGU junior quarterback Eli Luna threw for three touchdowns, ran for another and returned a punt for a score in the Titans’ win against Beach. The Titans host Westhope-Newburg-Glenburn on Saturday.
TGU (10-0) took a 13-0 lead less than nine minutes into the first quarter. Luna tossed a 21-yard touchdown to senior Kendal Green and a 93-yard score to Colter Thorp. Luna’s 32-yard punt return made it 20-0 early in the second quarter.
Beach (5-4) got on the board with 8:26 remaining in the first half on a 43-yard pass from Kirby Maus to Troy Steele. The two hooked up again for a 2-yard score in the third quarter.
TGU answered with a 1-yard run by Hunter Schell and a 34-yard rush by Luna in the fourth quarter.
No. 1 Hazen 48, Rugby 20
HAZEN – Defending state champion Hazen broke open a close game with 27 unanswered points in the third quarter to advance to the Class A quarterfinals, where the Bison (8-0) will host Lewis & Clark-Our Redeemer’s on Saturday.
Hazen running back Briar Bornemann rushed for 208 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries. Bornemann’s three scores totaled 127 yards. Nate Lientz provided 136 yards of offense in two plays. Lientz scored on a 70-yard run in the first quarter and was on the receiving end of a 66-yard pass from Connor Doll in the fourth.
Doll threw just two passes – both for touchdowns.
Two first-half touchdown runs by Rugby junior quarterback Brad Heidlebaugh had the Panthers (4-5) within seven at halftime. Heidlebaugh ran for 70 yards and completed 17 of 34 passes for 178 yards. Rugby wide receiver Chris Hamilton finished with a game-high 98 receiving yards.
No. 5 North Prairie 22, Carrington 7
ROLLA – North Prairie fell behind early, but rallied with 22 unanswered points to set up a Class A quarterfinal matchup at Milnor-North Sargent on Saturday.
Carrington (6-3) led 7-0 at the end of the first quarter after Cole Ferguson’s 2-yard run. The Comets (8-2) tied the game before halftime on a 2-yard run by Jeff Gailfus.
A 1-yard run by Trevor Gottbreht in the third quarter gave North Prairie its first lead of the game. The Comets extended the lead with a 15-yard pass from Gottbreht to Taylor Scott in the fourth quarter.
Gailfus totaled 68 yards on 20 carries and Gottbreht was 5 of 7 for 55 yards.
The Cardinals ended the season with three straight losses.