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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.

Shanley edges DL -- again

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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.

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"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.

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