Century JV spoils Raiders’ season openerBismarck Century has one of the state’s best Class 3A football programs. That makes it one of the best in any class.
By: Dustin Monke, The Dickinson Press
Bismarck Century has one of the state’s best Class 3A football programs. Heck, it’s one of the best in any class.
The Patriots’ junior varsity showed just how deep and talented their team is Tuesday night at the Badlands Activities Center as they routed Richardton-Taylor-Hebron, a Class 1A team, 34-0 in the season opener for the Raiders.
“I think that the team we played would be a good (Class 1A) team,” RTH head coach Travis Olson said.
Century junior quarterback Tyler Rudolph played just one half but went 8 of 13 for 131 yards and threw touchdown passes of 29 and 43 yards to junior receiver Landon Jochim in the second quarter to break the game open.
“Most of the kids we brought, they’re not starters on our varsity, but they’re kids that are in the mix a little bit and they got a chance to play tonight,” Century junior varsity coach Tim Jacobsen said. “It was a fun experience for them.”
Century outgained the Raiders 325 to 77 in total yards.
RTH senior fullback Paul Koppinger carried most of the offensive load for his team, rushing for 65 yards on 12 carries. His teammates combined for negative-4 yards rushing.
“I thought it was very, very sluggish,” Olson said. “We can come out and practice and rap off play after play and never miss a beat on the formation and never miss a beat on an assignment. And here, it looked like we were lost at times or shell-shocked.”
The Patriots got on the board in the first quarter when Hunter Babeck tipped a pass by RTH junior quarterback Lane Voltz into the arms of teammate Nick Kassian, who clutched the football and weaved through traffic en route to a 37-yard interception return for a touchdown.
Babeck added a 1-yard TD run just over 2 minutes into the third quarter after breaking loose on a 42-yard carry to the goal line on the Patriots’ first offensive play after halftime.
Cyril Nagurski added a 33-yard field goal in the third quarter and barely snuck a 41-yarder through the uprights in the fourth quarter to cap Century’s scoring.
“Some of those guys are buried in the depth chart at the varsity level,” Jacobsen said. “It’s a chance for him to play some varsity competition and get some quality minutes on the field.”
Olson said the Raiders, who are in only their second year competing in the 11-man Class 1A after playing 9-man football for countless years, must bounce back quickly if they hope to stay competitive when they host Lewis & Clark-Our Redeemers at 6 p.m. Saturday in Richardton.
“I just hope that we learned something from this and learned that we can’t ride on something that used to be, because it’s not there anymore,” Olson said. “It’s got to be yours and you’ve got to want it. You can’t ride on something that used to be there. The kids have got to realize it’s their turn to step up and play.”
CJV 7 14 10 3 — 34
RTH 0 0 0 0 — 0
C–Nick Kassian 37 interception return (Cyril Nagurski kick), 6:48.
C–Landon Jochim 29 pass from Tyler Rudolph (Nagurski kick), 7:43.
C–Jochim 43 pass from Rudolph (Nagurski kick), 1:12.
C–Hunter Babeck 1 run (Nagurski kick), 9:39.
C–Nagurski 33 FG, 7:41.
C–Nagurski 41 FG, 11:50.
RUSHING: C, Babeck 6-69, Sam Solberg 6-31, Evan Dworshak 4-24, Brandon Domagala 5-22, Chris Kraft 2-15, Dillon Auck 5-14, Preston Romfo 2-8, Nick Perrin 2-7, Nick Perrin 2-7, London Jochim 1-3, Kassian 1-1, Rudolph 2-0. RTH, Paul Koppinger 12-65, Mack Vaagen 9-13, Jadon Schmidt 1-(minus-1), Kasey Dressler 6-(minus-5), Lane Voltz 2-(minus-11).
PASSING: C, Rudolph 8-13-0 131. RTH, Voltz 3-10-1 16.
RECEIVING: C, Jochim 2-72, Justin Gardner 2-5, Michael Scherr 1-20, James Jeske 1-14, Aaron Doan 1-13, Dan Perez 1-7. RTH, Chad Gullickson 2-4, Koppinger 1-12.