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Shanley edges DL -- again

John Stennes / Grand Forks Herald Shanley's Dan Jordan (right) kicks the winning field goal on the last play of the game to defeat Devils Lake 24-21 for the North Dakota Class AA title Saturday in Grand Forks.

A year ago, Dan Jordan set a Dakota Bowl record with a 41-yard field goal.

The Fargo Shanley senior was 14 yards shy of that distance Saturday night. But there's no question which is the most memorable field goal for him.

"This is the one I'll remember," Jordan said. "I can't think of a better way to go out than by kicking a game-winner."

Nor was this just any game. His 27-yard field goal as time expired lifted Shanley past Devils Lake 24-21 in the North Dakota Class AA state high school football championship game at the Alerus Center.

The championship was a rematch of a year ago, when the Deacons edged Devils Lake 31-30 in overtime for the title. "It hurts," Devils Lake coach Jay Schneider said. "That's two years in a row to lose a game like that."

Shanley's winning drive started on its own 23-yard line with 2 minutes, 30 seconds remaining after a Devils Lake punt. The Deacons moved the ball 67 yards, to the Devils Lake 10, with a combination of runs and short passes. Jordan lined up for the field goal and, after Devils Lake called three timeouts to ice him, the senior kicked the game-winner.

"There was more pressure on this one (than last year's record-setting field goal)," Jordan said. "You stand there seeing the clock with one second left and the score tied. I was just praying it would work out. The snap was good and the line did a good job. It was just a chip-in for me."

The field goal was Jordan's sixth in seven attempts this season.

"We're real confident in him," Shanley coach Steve Laqua said. "The kids were prepared for the two-minute drill. They executed. And Dan is a great kicker. He's got range out to 50 yards."

DeVillers is a sports writer for The Grand Forks Herald. The Herald and The Sun are both owned by Forum Communications Co.