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SPORTS THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS * WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER / 19, 2014 Page 7 By Chris Larson ; for The Press GRAND FORKS, N.D. I A mUcous and excited crowd filled the Alerus Center Friday morning for the first of four games in the Dako- ta Bowl/with the Park River- Fordville-Lankin Aggies squaring off against' the Killdeer Cowboys in the North Dakota Class "A" Foot- ball Championship. The Aggies drew first and last blood, defeating the Cowboys 26-18 for their first championship as a co-op team. "What a rollercoaster for the most part," head coach Robert Goll said. "We made plays when we needed to." The win was also the first cham- pionship for Park River in 98 years, a they won in the early 1900's in football's early stages in the state. Senior quarterback Abraham Hankey said the support of the crowd was huge. "We love them to death," Han- key said of the PRFL fans. Junior WillZimmerman agreed. : "We had half the town out there supporting us," he said. i The Aggies went ahead for good with 3:33 left in the first half as Levi Cudmore connected with Cadyn Hunter for a 16-yard touchdown pass, coupled with Cudmore's first successful extra point kick of the game. : "We did what we needed to do and shut down their big players, and we came out on top," senior Nick Bellmore said. In a battle of number two seeds, the Aggies from Region 2, and the Cowboys from Region 4, were locked in a offensive battle through- out the first half. But it was the Aggie defense who st/epped up -- shutting out a potent Iilldeer ffense----in the second half. "We knew if we didn't give up a point, we win," Hankey said. PRFL received the game's open- ing kickoff. Carter Arendt returned it for the Aggies to their own 44 yard line, setting up a chance for the of- fense to do good right off the bat. ' Facing a second-and- 15 early in the first quarter, Levi Cudmore caught a pass from Hankey to bring the Aggies to within striking distance at the Killdeer 34 yard line. A few plays later, the Aggies found themselves in the red zone and near the goal line. But the Aggies couldn't con- vert on the red zone opportunity, be- ing taken down on fourth-and-goal from the one-yard line. The Cowboys couldn't do any- thing with the ball, and with only about eight minutes left in the first quarter, the Aggies got the ball back at the 38 yard line. Jackson Hankey brought the of- fense again into scoring territory via al huge 14 yard first down run, giving the Aggies a second chance at the scoring strike. On the next play from scrim- mage, Abraham Hankey was sacked in the backfield by the Killdeer de- fense, pinning the offense at second- and:20 from the Killdeer 34 yard line. The, sack was a minor setback, as just a few plays later, Hankey found a streaking Esten Beneda in the endzone for the first of several scores in the first half. The eight- yard score with 3:59 left in the first quarter was Hankey's first of two passing touchdowns on the day. Cudmore's extra point kick was blocked. Down' 6-0 and with the clock ticking down in the first quarter, Trenton Rohr, regarded as one of the best players in Class "A" in North Dakota, scampered into the endzone from the 17-yardline to tie the game at 6-6. John Knopik's two- point conversion run was stopped short of the goal line. The powerful, Aggie offense took to the field in the waning sec- onds of the first quarter, and made considerable gains to end the first quarter. Then, just ten seconds into the second quarter, Hankey connected with Cudmore near midfield. After afew nice blocks, Cudmore found the open holes and eventually the e0dzone, scoring on a 56-yard pass. His extra point kick was no good, ahd with 11:50 left in the first half, the Aggies held a 12-6 lead. championship game Photos: Larry Bid Clockwise from top: Esten Beneda, Abraham Hankey, and Nicholas Bell- more rush to got the Stateldle Trophy from Jay Thompson. Aggies Levi Cudm(xe eyes lhe end zone scodng on a 56-yard pass from Abaham Han- key. The Aggies downed Killdeer 28-16 for lhe State Class A North Dako- ta Championship at the Alerus. Pad( River-Fordville-Lankin Aggies Esten Beneda runs for some good yardage fallowing a pass receplion. The game changer... Aggies Jackson Hankey catches a Killdeer fumble in mid air and returns it 67 yards for-a  and an ,;Igie 26-18 lead. Will Tim- merman (on the ground) cldlled KIdeer running back forcing a fumble, wt launched right to Hankey. Aggies Carter Arendt breaks up a pass down- field. The back-and-forth action con- tinued, as Killdeer's ensuing drive took up more than five minutes, be- fore Lewis Dobitz scored with just over six minutes left in the half. The PAT woes continued, as Ryan Walk- er's run was stopped, leaving the game tied at 12-12. The Cowboys forced the Aggies into a punting situation, and with 4:31 left in the half, Esten Beneda punted the ball to the Killdeer 43 yardline, where Dillan Jepson was waiting for the ball. Jepson found the gideline and went back uno touched, taking the ball into the end- zone. A penalty was called for holding, and declined, meaning the touchdown would stand. An- other failed extra point ensued, and the Cowboys took their only lead of the game, 18-12. "I went out into the huddle and said 'Hey, they're going to make plays, and we're going to have to an- swer them'," Goll said. "And we came up with a big answer." After Cudmore's touchdown pass gave them the lead for good, things took an even bigger positive turn midway through the third quarter. On a pitch by the quarterback, Lewis Dobitz took the ball to the original line of scrimmage, where he was met by Will Zimmerman. Zimmerman somehow got a hold of Dobitz, knocked the ball loose, causing a fumble. Jackson Hankey, who was waiting for the ball, picked up the fumble and raced to the endzone, giving the Ag- gies the final touchdown, which sealed the victory. "I saw the pitch. I shed the blocker offand hit his legs as hard as I could," Zimmerman said of the play. "It knocked the ball out, (Jackson) H an!cey picked the ball up for a touchdo. I sprinted to the endzone, I was so happy." The Aggies finished the season with a record of 11-1, with their only blemish coming in a week three loss to the Larimore Polar Bears 29-13. Hankey finished the game 11-of- 22 passing, for 194 yards and two touchdowns. Cudmore added one pass for 16 yards and a touch- down. Hunter finished with 15 rushes for 117 yards. He also had two re- ceptions for 68 yards, the biggest be- ing the 11-yard reception for a touchdown late in the first half. Score by Quarter Park River-Fordville-Lankin 6-13-7-0 26 Killdeer 6-12-0-0 18 Scoring Summary: 1st Quarter PRFL - Esten Beneda from Abraham Hankey, 8 yard pass (XP blocked), 3:59 left KILLDEER- Trenton Rohr, 19 yard run (run fail), : 10 left 2nd Quarter PRFL - Levi Cudmore from Hankey, 56 yard pass (pass fail), 11:50 left KILLDEER - Lewis Dobitz, 1 yard run (conversion fail), 6:21 left KILLDEER- Dillan Jepson 42 yard punt return (run fail), 4:31 left PRFL - Cadyn Hunter from Cudmore, 11 yard pass (Cudmore kick), 3:33 left 3rd Quarter PRFL - Will Zimmerman, 72 yr4 fumble recovery (Cudmore kick), 5:42 left 4th Quarter NONE Individual statistics: Passing- PRFL: Abraham Hankey, 11-22, 194 yards, 2 TD; Levi Cudmore, 1- 1, 16 yards, TD; Killdeer: Ryan Walker, 2-6, 30 yards; Hayes LeMieux, 3-9, 29 yards; Trenton Rohr, 0-2. Rushing- PRFL: Cadyn Hunter, 15 rushes, 117 yards; Abra- ham Hankey, 9 rushes, -8 yards; Jackson Hankey, 5 rushes, 6 yards; Killdeer: Lewis Dobitz, 18 rushes, 73 yards, TD; Ryan Walker, 11 rush- es, 31 yards; John Knopik, 7 rush- es, 15 yards; Trenton Rohr, 2 rush- es, 11 yards, TD; Dillan Jepson, 1 rush, 3 yards; Hayes LeMieux, 4 rushes, - 11 yards. Receiving - PRFL: Levi Cudmore, 3 recep- tions, 100 yards, TD; Cadyn Hunter, 2 receptions, 68 yards, TD; Jackson Hankey, 4 receptions, 19 yards; Es- ten Beneda, 2 receptions, 12 yards, TD; CarterArendt, 1 reception, 11 yards. SPORTS THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS * WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER / 19, 2014 Page 7 By Chris Larson ; for The Press GRAND FORKS, N.D. I A mUcous and excited crowd filled the Alerus Center Friday morning for the first of four games in the Dako- ta Bowl/with the Park River- Fordville-Lankin Aggies squaring off against' the Killdeer Cowboys in the North Dakota Class "A" Foot- ball Championship. The Aggies drew first and last blood, defeating the Cowboys 26-18 for their first championship as a co-op team. "What a rollercoaster for the most part," head coach Robert Goll said. "We made plays when we needed to." The win was also the first cham- pionship for Park River in 98 years, a they won in the early 1900's in football's early stages in the state. Senior quarterback Abraham Hankey said the support of the crowd was huge. "We love them to death," Han- key said of the PRFL fans. Junior WillZimmerman agreed. : "We had half the town out there supporting us," he said. i The Aggies went ahead for good with 3:33 left in the first half as Levi Cudmore connected with Cadyn Hunter for a 16-yard touchdown pass, coupled with Cudmore's first successful extra point kick of the game. : "We did what we needed to do and shut down their big players, and we came out on top," senior Nick Bellmore said. In a battle of number two seeds, the Aggies from Region 2, and the Cowboys from Region 4, were locked in a offensive battle through- out the first half. But it was the Aggie defense who st/epped up -- shutting out a potent Iilldeer ffense----in the second half. "We knew if we didn't give up a point, we win," Hankey said. PRFL received the game's open- ing kickoff. Carter Arendt returned it for the Aggies to their own 44 yard line, setting up a chance for the of- fense to do good right off the bat. ' Facing a second-and- 15 early in the first quarter, Levi Cudmore caught a pass from Hankey to bring the Aggies to within striking distance at the Killdeer 34 yard line. A few plays later, the Aggies found themselves in the red zone and near the goal line. But the Aggies couldn't con- vert on the red zone opportunity, be- ing taken down on fourth-and-goal from the one-yard line. The Cowboys couldn't do any- thing with the ball, and with only about eight minutes left in the first quarter, the Aggies got the ball back at the 38 yard line. Jackson Hankey brought the of- fense again into scoring territory via al huge 14 yard first down run, giving the Aggies a second chance at the scoring strike. On the next play from scrim- mage, Abraham Hankey was sacked in the backfield by the Killdeer de- fense, pinning the offense at second- and:20 from the Killdeer 34 yard line. The, sack was a minor setback, as just a few plays later, Hankey found a streaking Esten Beneda in the endzone for the first of several scores in the first half. The eight- yard score with 3:59 left in the first quarter was Hankey's first of two passing touchdowns on the day. Cudmore's extra point kick was blocked. Down' 6-0 and with the clock ticking down in the first quarter, Trenton Rohr, regarded as one of the best players in Class "A" in North Dakota, scampered into the endzone from the 17-yardline to tie the game at 6-6. John Knopik's two- point conversion run was stopped short of the goal line. The powerful, Aggie offense took to the field in the waning sec- onds of the first quarter, and made considerable gains to end the first quarter. Then, just ten seconds into the second quarter, Hankey connected with Cudmore near midfield. After afew nice blocks, Cudmore found the open holes and eventually the e0dzone, scoring on a 56-yard pass. His extra point kick was no good, ahd with 11:50 left in the first half, the Aggies held a 12-6 lead. championship game Photos: Larry Bid Clockwise from top: Esten Beneda, Abraham Hankey, and Nicholas Bell- more rush to got the Stateldle Trophy from Jay Thompson. Aggies Levi Cudm(xe eyes lhe end zone scodng on a 56-yard pass from Abaham Han- key. The Aggies downed Killdeer 28-16 for lhe State Class A North Dako- ta Championship at the Alerus. Pad( River-Fordville-Lankin Aggies Esten Beneda runs for some good yardage fallowing a pass receplion. The game changer... Aggies Jackson Hankey catches a Killdeer fumble in mid air and returns it 67 yards for-a  and an ,;Igie 26-18 lead. Will Tim- merman (on the ground) cldlled KIdeer running back forcing a fumble, wt launched right to Hankey. Aggies Carter Arendt breaks up a pass down- field. The back-and-forth action con- tinued, as Killdeer's ensuing drive took up more than five minutes, be- fore Lewis Dobitz scored with just over six minutes left in the half. The PAT woes continued, as Ryan Walk- er's run was stopped, leaving the game tied at 12-12. The Cowboys forced the Aggies into a punting situation, and with 4:31 left in the half, Esten Beneda punted the ball to the Killdeer 43 yardline, where Dillan Jepson was waiting for the ball. Jepson found the gideline and went back uno touched, taking the ball into the end- zone. A penalty was called for holding, and declined, meaning the touchdown would stand. An- other failed extra point ensued, and the Cowboys took their only lead of the game, 18-12. "I went out into the huddle and said 'Hey, they're going to make plays, and we're going to have to an- swer them'," Goll said. "And we came up with a big answer." After Cudmore's touchdown pass gave them the lead for good, things took an even bigger positive turn midway through the third quarter. On a pitch by the quarterback, Lewis Dobitz took the ball to the original line of scrimmage, where he was met by Will Zimmerman. Zimmerman somehow got a hold of Dobitz, knocked the ball loose, causing a fumble. Jackson Hankey, who was waiting for the ball, picked up the fumble and raced to the endzone, giving the Ag- gies the final touchdown, which sealed the victory. "I saw the pitch. I shed the blocker offand hit his legs as hard as I could," Zimmerman said of the play. "It knocked the ball out, (Jackson) H an!cey picked the ball up for a touchdo. I sprinted to the endzone, I was so happy." The Aggies finished the season with a record of 11-1, with their only blemish coming in a week three loss to the Larimore Polar Bears 29-13. Hankey finished the game 11-of- 22 passing, for 194 yards and two touchdowns. Cudmore added one pass for 16 yards and a touch- down. Hunter finished with 15 rushes for 117 yards. He also had two re- ceptions for 68 yards, the biggest be- ing the 11-yard reception for a touchdown late in the first half. Score by Quarter Park River-Fordville-Lankin 6-13-7-0 26 Killdeer 6-12-0-0 18 Scoring Summary: 1st Quarter PRFL - Esten Beneda from Abraham Hankey, 8 yard pass (XP blocked), 3:59 left KILLDEER- Trenton Rohr, 19 yard run (run fail), : 10 left 2nd Quarter PRFL - Levi Cudmore from Hankey, 56 yard pass (pass fail), 11:50 left KILLDEER - Lewis Dobitz, 1 yard run (conversion fail), 6:21 left KILLDEER- Dillan Jepson 42 yard punt return (run fail), 4:31 left PRFL - Cadyn Hunter from Cudmore, 11 yard pass (Cudmore kick), 3:33 left 3rd Quarter PRFL - Will Zimmerman, 72 yr4 fumble recovery (Cudmore kick), 5:42 left 4th Quarter NONE Individual statistics: Passing- PRFL: Abraham Hankey, 11-22, 194 yards, 2 TD; Levi Cudmore, 1- 1, 16 yards, TD; Killdeer: Ryan Walker, 2-6, 30 yards; Hayes LeMieux, 3-9, 29 yards; Trenton Rohr, 0-2. Rushing- PRFL: Cadyn Hunter, 15 rushes, 117 yards; Abra- ham Hankey, 9 rushes, -8 yards; Jackson Hankey, 5 rushes, 6 yards; Killdeer: Lewis Dobitz, 18 rushes, 73 yards, TD; Ryan Walker, 11 rush- es, 31 yards; John Knopik, 7 rush- es, 15 yards; Trenton Rohr, 2 rush- es, 11 yards, TD; Dillan Jepson, 1 rush, 3 yards; Hayes LeMieux, 4 rushes, - 11 yards. Receiving - PRFL: Levi Cudmore, 3 recep- tions, 100 yards, TD; Cadyn Hunter, 2 receptions, 68 yards, TD; Jackson Hankey, 4 receptions, 19 yards; Es- ten Beneda, 2 receptions, 12 yards, TD; CarterArendt, 1 reception, 11 yards.