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\ THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2015 Page 9 By Kevin Skavhaug The Secret... When Thomas Edison was nearing the end of his illustrious career as a busi- nessman, scientist and in- ventor, scholars and fellow scientists were trying to un- cover the secret to Edison's success. Edison, of course, had invented hundreds of things. Most notably was the world's first long-last- ing, electric light bulb. Edi- son was seen as the inven- tion phenom of the day, recording over 1000 patents. Edison would re- veal his true secret later in life. And no, it wasn't his relentless work ethic or his ! insatiable curiosity for in- venting or his uncanny abil- ity to solve problems. It wasn't even his renowned ability to never give up - he did fail over a thousand times on that light bulb idea by the way. Edison's secret, he de- clared, was teamwork. It was his "team" of scientists, or "Muckers" as he called them, that allowed him to succeed in ways he could not have done so alone. This too, might be the secret to this year's and last year's Aggie football success. Teamwork. And that shouldn't be surprising. For in any team sport, teamwork is at the foundation of suc- cess. For the Aggies this foot- ball season, one only has to look at how many players stepped up each and every week to get the job done. One week it's Levi Cud- more the next it's Daman Flaten. One week it's Jack- son Hankey and then it's Cadyn Hunter. Or Jordan Omlie. Or Will Zimmerman or Nick Lindgren. Week af- ter week it seemed a new offensive hero would step up, or fill in when a team- mate was injured. It was truly remarkable that this team had so many big time players who could step in at any time and be amazing. Perhaps the only constant in all of the success the Ag- gies have seen has been the play of the linemen. Adam Johnson, Matthew Dob- meier, Michael Nord, Nick Lindgren, Spencer Re- hovsky, Cole Clemetson, and someone whom I will call the unsung hero -- first year center Trent Carlson. This was the primary group of lineman on either side of the line of scrimmage this year and they were solid each and every week. "It's been a team ap- proach all year", said senior Spencer Rehovsky. "It made us proud to be a part of this team, of this community. No one said it but we always thought of this as a team and we knew we could do some- thing special if we believed in each other." "I can count on any one of them", Rehovsky added, "they really seem like broth- ers to me." Cont. page I I | les over Killdeer for championship in Photos: Lany Bid By Kevin Skavhaug of The Press FARGO, N.D. -- A year ago Levi Cudmore ended the high school football season as the best Class A receiver in the state of North Dakota. This year he ended it as the best quarterback. Cudmore all but carried his Aggie team- mates on his back in what can only be described as one of the best quar- terbacking performances in recent Dakota Bowl history. Cudmore ran for two touch- downs and threw for another in the Aggies 38 to 14 win over the Killdeer Cowboys, but it was more than that. Time after time, Cudmore made huge plays both with his arm and his legs to fuel the Aggie of- fense to their second straight state championship. Cudmore would run for 131 yards and throw for 191 more to lead all players in the stat depart- ment on the day. "We had a good game plan I thought," said Cudmore, "and I was able to make some plays that worked well." The first of those big plays hap- pened on the Aggies first offensive series. Cudmore would find Daman Flaten (4 catches for 154 yards) be- hind the Cowboy defense as the two hooked up for a 52-yard catch to the Cowboy 14-yard line. Cudmore ixlfllrohthe 52 ]Vdltl would cap the drive with a four- from Cudm all the w /to the gru yard touchdown nm three plays lat- as two Killdeer defenders knock thenmiv0s off the play. The play early in the first quarter led to er. As for the big play, Flaten went an Aggie score. Daman had 4 catctms for 148 through the progression: "I was on yards and one tou . C Hunter kx)ksdowrlfldd[orroon.l Rin. a deep route, turned and saw the ball coming and I thought, oh boy again the Aggies dominated the game defen- sively. ,a, ggies Jackson Hankey pulls down a Killdeer runner while Danan Flatm assisls. Low- er Right: Even though wearing a cast for a bro- ken hand, Aggies Will 7immerman made some big plays on defense. Bottom Left: Aggies Levi Cudmore was chosen the Class A Senior Ath- late of the Year. What a dream year for the Ag- gles. Slate Class A Be, Robert Goll coach of lhe Year, Levi Senior of the Year and also seven Ag. gies were chosen Rrst Team All-Region 2, Hu , SpmcerR , he's throwing to me I better catch it." Catch it he did and it set the tone for a flurry of big plays all day for PRFL. Cudmore would make it 16-0 one offensive play later. After the Aggie defense forced a three and out on the Cowboys first posses- sion, Cudmore would dive off tackle and go 63 yards, breaking two tackles and outrunning the Cowboys to the end zone. Jackson Hankey would score both conver- sions to put the Aggies up 16- 0. Killdeer's Hayes LeMieux would score on the first play of the second quarter after a sustained drive to make it 16-8. Hankey would then finish offa ten play, 65- yard drive highlighted by Cud- more runs. With a 3 yard burst up the middle, Hankey would go into the end zone in his typical fashion; standing up. Hankey would get his third conversion making it 24-8 at the half. Lineman Spencer Rehovsky knew the game would come down to execution. "To be honest, it wasn't our best game of the year, but we knew what he had to do to win and we did it and that's all that matters," he said. The Aggie defense then fol- lowed their season-long script by going into total shutdown mode in the second half. Flaten and Hankey would set the tone with two big hits on the first two Cowboy plays. With the de- fense stopping the Cowboys cold, the Aggie offense opened things up a bit. Cudmore would airmail a 50 yard strike to Flaten who would then sprint the final 20 yards to the end zone for a 70-yard catch and run touchdown. The last Aggie score of the year would come with 10:04 to play in the game. Again it would be Han- key taking it in from 8 yards out af- ter a long Aggie drive. Andy Moe would collect the two point con- version. Killdeer would add a late score to make the final 38-14. Cudmore would be named Class A Outstanding Senior Athlete of the Year in the state of North Dakota and Robert Goll was named Coach of the Year amongst Class A coach- Jackson Hankey, Daman Ratan, Matthew Dob- meier and Will Z]mmemBn, and Adam Johnson, Nit Undgren and Cole scord tram. Bottom Right: Aggie senior Brandan Carter runs a sweep for good yardage. es.