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Trio of incoming Marauders: Carr, Pittsley, Ewoniuk jumpstart college careers at U-Mary by joining forces for Team North Dakota

Hazen's Stetson Carr throws a pass against Heart River during a Class 1A football game on Sept. 14 in Belfield.1 / 3
Killdeer's Brock Pittsley shakes hands with Dickinson High players after a scrimmage on Aug. 17 at the Dickinson practice field.2 / 3
Heart River's Seth Ewoniuk carries the ball against Killdeer on Sept. 28 in Killdeer.3 / 3

Killdeer's Brock Pittsley, Heart River's Seth Ewoniuk and Hazen's Stetson Carr know each other quite well having played football against each other in Class 1A, Region 4 for the last four years.

However, the three will suit up for Team North Dakota in the Badlands Bowl all-star game at 6 p.m. Saturday in Miles City, Mont.

"I'm definitely excited," Ewoniuk said. "It's a huge honor. At the end of my senior season, my coach sent in the forms, but I didn't think I was going to get chosen. When I heard I was going to play, I was ecstatic."

This game not only marks the first time Pittsley, Ewoniuk and Carr will take the field as teammates in their respective prep careers, it marks the beginning of a new connection. The three are all signed on to play football for the University of Mary in the fall.

"It is a unique experience," said Carr, who quarterbacked Hazen to a Class 1A state championship this past season. "It's kind of cool to get a sneak peek of playing with each other here so when we come into U-Mary, it's going to be fun to have that relationship already made, which we are making right now."

Pittsley added: "Starting here, we get to build a little chemistry and a bond, basically. We will be strong from now all the way throughout college."

This Saturday, Pittsley will lineup at nose guard, Ewoniuk at slot receiver and Carr at strong safety.

Ewoniuk said it will be nice to get a jumpstart at the position he will play for the Marauders after spending his high school career as a wingback rusher.

"I'm in the slot for this game and I've learned a lot for that position," Ewoniuk said. "That's what I'm playing in college, so I'm getting a good start at it."

With the three players being from western North Dakota, they all said it was a special honor to be chosen amongst the best 34 players in the state.

Carr said it's a little bit different coming into this type of game. Every player knows what is expected each time they take the field.

"It's definitely something different," Carr said. "It's a blessing to be out there with a bunch of guys that are good and can compete at a high level."

For Pittsley, it's a game he's wanted to play in since he was a young kid.

"It's a dream come true," Pittsley said. "It's been a dream I had since I was little."

The three are excited about taking the field and hoping to bring home a win for Team North Dakota. The last time the state's all-star team won was in 2010 at the Biesiot Activities Center.

"We are very confident," Carr said. "We have a balanced defense and offense. We have guys coming in playing the position they primarily wanted to play. We do have a good mix of speed, strength and size. These are the top 34 players in North Dakota. We have a chance."