Nearly everyone who has their ear to the ground concerning North Dakota High School football this fall has the road to the state 9-man championship running squarely through Region 1.
The region is absolutely loaded with size, speed and impact players this season, due to the major alignment overhaul that affected every region in the state during the offseason.
All season, Wells County has approached football with a one-game-at-a-time philosophy.
Now the Bears have run out of games — for this season and beyond.
Wells County meets Wyndmere-Lidgerwood at 3 p.m. today in the North Dakota 9-man high school football championship game at the Alerus Center. It’s a grand finale for the Wells County program. Due to declining numbers, the program will fold and Wells County will join Harvey in a co-op next fall, an arrangement that was approved last fall.
By Greg DeVillers, Forum Communicati0ns Co.
, November 12, 2010
The Wells County 9-man football team continued to impress with its 27-8 victory over St. John during the state quarterfinals in Fessenden last Saturday.
Playing their final season before being dissolved into a co-op with Harvey, the Bears are now just one win away from a bus ride to Grand Forks to compete in the state title game, which would be a storybook ending to the current team’s legacy that dates back to 1987.
There are plenty of circumstances that high school football coach’s will point to that will tend to make some type of positive difference in the outcome of an upcoming playoff game.
Two of those circumstances are rest and momentum.
The Kidder County Pirates currently have their share of rest, not having played a game since Oct. 7, while the North Border Eagles are rolling, having won their last six games after last Saturday’s 36-6 opening-round 9-man playoff victory over Finley-Sharon-Hope-Page in Pembina.
Edgeley-Kulm picked up its first high school 9-man football victory of the 2010 season last Friday night with a 46-6 win over Region 1 opponent Strasburg-Zeeland at home.
Both the E-K Rebels and the Clippers entered the contest without yet earning a win.
The Ellendale Cardinals were on the outside looking in during most of the 2009 North Dakota high school 9-man football season.
As Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter, South Border and Kidder County locked horns in what proved to be an exciting three-horse race for the Region 1 title, Ellendale faded into the background.
South Border’s Devin Olson and Ross Martell are both first-team selections to this season’s North Dakota nine-man all-state football team.
The annual list of all-staters, as selected by the state’s coaches, was announced Monday evening.
The South Border Mustangs will be entering uncharted territory this afternoon.
Following season after season of finishing closer to the cellar of the Region 1 nine-man football standings than near the top, the Mustangs have advanced to the state quarterfinals for the first time since the inception of the gridiron co-op between Ashley and Wishek in 1992.
Watford City and Mott-Regent remain atop the North Dakota Class A and nine-man football polls this week.
The Wolves (6-0) got all 11 first-place votes in Class A, with Velva (6-0) at No. 2. The top five remained unchanged this week, with Harvey (5-1) still at No. 5.
There’s a new No. 1 in nine-man football.
Mott-Regent (5-0) ascended to the top of this week’s North Dakota nine-man football poll, getting nine of 11 first-place votes. Wyndmere-Lidgerwood (5-0) got the other two first-place votes and moved up one spot to No. 2.
A new football classification and a new head coach has been a successful combination in the early going for the New Rockford-Sheyenne Rockets.
After competing in North Dakota Class A 11-man football for the past four seasons, the Rockets were designated back to the nine-man ranks this fall and appear to be picking up right where they left off.
Prior to the start of the 2009 North Dakota 9-man football season, numerous signs indicated a three-horse battle between South Border, Kidder County and Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter for Region 1 supremacy.
So far those predictions have been proven correct, and tonight in Napoleon two-thirds of that three-team triangle will knock helmets under the lights as Kidder County will attempt to be the homecoming spoiler against the Imperials.
Watford City and Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter remain atop the North Dakota Class A and nine-man football polls this week.
The Wolves (3-0) got nine of 11 first-place votes in the Class A poll. Velva (3-0) moved up two spots to No. 2. No. 3 Hazen (3-0) got two first-place votes.
The second Class A and 9-man football polls of the season are exactly the same as the first.
Watford City (2-0) tops the Class A poll, getting six of the 11 first-place votes. No. 2 Harvey (2-0) and No. 3 Hazen (2-0) got three and two top-place votes, respectively.
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