Clint Boom has bragging rights for life.Playing in his final Paint Bucket game, the Jamestown College senior defensive end followed through on a week-long pledge to sack his friend and former high school teammate — Valley City State quarterback Trent Kosel.
Playing in his final Paint Bucket game, the Jamestown College senior defensive end followed through on a week-long pledge to sack his friend and former high school teammate — Valley City State quarterback Trent Kosel.
“I’ve been calling that all week,” said Boom, owner of one of the greatest last names in the history of football. “I told him I was going to get him at least once, so I had to come through.”
Boom and Kosel go way back.
The Edgeley natives helped lead the Edgeley-Kulm Rebels to the 2004 9-man state championship, a team coached by Kosel’s dad, Todd.
Both have had successful college careers, Boom for the Jimmies and Kosel with the Vikings.
Boom sacked Kosel in the first quarter of Saturday afternoon’s game at Rollie Greeno Field.
The sack was only part of Boom’s bragging rights he’ll carry, well, forever.
During’s Boom’s days in Jamestown, the Jimmies went 5-0 against the rival Vikings, capped by Saturday’s exciting 19-13 triumph.
“We never lost to them. We’re the first class (at Jamestown College) that can say that,” Boom said. “It’s a great rivalry. But it’s a lot better to be on the winning side of it.”
Boom and Kosel were key cogs for the Rebels in the mid-2000s when they were a perennial contender in the always-tough Region 1.
After Edgeley-Kulm won the state title in 2004, they were knocked out in the opening round the following year by the Richland Colts — led by Dustin Erbes — who, of course, joined Boom at Jamestown College and has had a stellar career of his own for the Jimmies.
“Yeah, those Richland boys got us in ‘05. We were good, but they got us that day,” Boom said.
One of the many traits that makes the Jamestown College/Valley City rivalry unique is the familiarity many of the players on each team has with each other. Coaches Bud Etzold and Dennis McCulloch recruit many of the same players, typically with heavy local favor.
This year alone the Vikings have 45 North Dakota kids in their program. The Jimmies have 34.
Kosel tried to lure Boom to Valley City State, but the orange and black won out where former Edgeley-Kulm teammates Ross Lindgren and Tim Moch were entrenched as key contributors for the Jimmies.
“It ended up working out pretty good for everybody,” Boom said.
It was also a pretty good deal for Clint’s dad, Randi, who every year had a $20 bet with Todd Kosel on the Jimmie/Viking game.
“It was easy money,” Randi joked.
The money was nice, but the Boom’s will enjoy the bragging rights even more.
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