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South beat Blue Jays in 'AAA' playoffs

By Chris Aarhus

The Jamestown Sun

FARGO—As good as tailback James Johannesson has been this season, Fargo South looked to its passing game to make the difference on Friday night.

A penalty halted a key drive for Jamestown in the second quarter, and South responded with an 81-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Zach Kellen to receiver Ty Brooks. That play put South up two scores en route to a 41-16 triumph in Class AAA opening-round action at South athletic field.

The Bruins (7-3) host Minot (9-1) in the state semifinals next Friday night.

“We’re playing our best football,” said South coach Troy Mattern, whose team piled up 458 yards of total offense. “This was a big step forward.”

South took full advantage of Jamestown’s defense, which piled players into the box in an effort to stop Johannesson. It seemed to work early on, but that just opened up South’s passing game.

Kellen ran for a 2-yard score in the first quarter and then found Gunnar Nyborg, who caught a jump ball along the sideline and raced 32 yards to pay dirt for a 13-3 lead in the second quarter. Kellen finished 6-of-13 for 165 yards.

The Blue Jays looked like they were about to respond. On third-and-3 from South’s 42-yard line, quarterback Ross Monson rolled right and connected with Logan Anderson at the 4-yard line. But the play was called back, as Monson stepped over the line of scrimmage as he threw the ball.

“It was a momentum thing. There could have been a change with that, but he was over the line,” Jamestown coach Tim Fletcher said. “Nothing you can do about it. Ross is a great kid and makes plays for us. He just kind of lost track where he was running there.”

For more, read Saturday's edition of The Sun

Dave Selvig
Selvig has been a sports writer at The Sun since 1999 and sports editor since 2009.
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