Patrick Bernadeau is a sports reporter for the Dickinson Press. He can be reached at his office number (701) 456-1211 or email him at email@example.com. Joining the Dickinson Press in July 2017, he was previously a freelance sports writer for Treasure Coast Newspapers (TCPalm.com) in Stuart, FL as well as carrying bylines from the Associated Press, Miami Herald, Orlando Sentinel, Florida Today and Naples Daily News. Prior to his move to Dickinson, he resided in Port St. Lucie, FL, earning a Bachelor's Degree from Florida Atlantic University. Patrick was born and raised in Brockton, Mass and is an avid Boston sports fan. Born to Haitian parents, Patrick's favorite meal is Griot with Banana Peze, Pikliz (Fried pork with smashed plaintains and a spicy vegetable relish) and a tall glass of Cherry Coke.
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RICHARDTON — Players for the Richardton-Taylor-Hebron football team appeared nervous early during their 9-Man State Playoff first-round game against Divide County. Following the opening kickoff, the Maroons drove down the field in 13 plays, collecting three first downs in the process before stalling just outside of the Raiders 10-yard line. The defense earned a fourth-down stop, but the Richardton-Taylor-Hebron offense gave the ball right back after a three-and-out.
BELFIELD — With a 6-0 lead against Southern McLean and the ball on the opponent's 6-yard line late in the first half, Heart River head coach Jamie Wyant initially called for his special teams unit to attempt what would have been a 23-yard field goal. But in the matter seconds, with a little convincing from one of his assistant coaches, Wyant had a change of heart, calling a timeout and sending his offense back onto the field.
Morgan Wardner, a senior quarterback for the Dickinson High football team, led the Midgets to their first win of the season. Wardner had two passing touchdowns, a pair of rushing touchdowns and a 29-yard interception return score during Dickinson's 34-28 victory over Williston on Friday, Oct. 5 from the Biesiot Activities Center. DP: What was the key to victory against Williston? MW: "The key to victory was playing as a team and focusing and never giving up. The whole game, we kept grinding till the end of the game."
After a year absence, the Richardton-Taylor-Hebron football team is back in the postseason. Finishing third in the Region 5 standings, the Raiders will host Divide County on Saturday, Oct. 13, from John H. Gengler Field in the opening round of the state 9-man playoffs. Under second-year head coach Seth Forster, Richardton-Taylor-Hebron enjoyed a four-game regular season turnaround, improving to 5-3 in 2018 after going just 1-7 during its 2017 campaign.
For the third consecutive season, the Dickinson High football team will not advance into the Class AAA state postseason. Shutout for the first time this season, the Midgets were eliminated from playoff contention following a 33-0 loss against Minot on Thursday, Oct. 11, from the Duane Carlson Stadium. A 3-yard run by junior running back Payton Philion midway through the first quarter got the scoring going for the Magicians.
Slotted into the top two seeds of the Region 4 postseason bracket, the Bowman County and Dickinson Trinity football programs likely slept well this week knowing that they'll have playoff football to prepare for next week. On the other end of the spectrum, a good night of shut-eye was probably a more arduous task for the Hazen, Beulah and Killdeer coaches and players, as one team will be left on the outside looking in during the Class A state postseason.
The Dickinson High football team couldn't afford to bask in the glory of its first victory of 2018 for too long. Coming off an exhilarating 34-28 triumph over Williston, the Midgets had a short week of practice, as they will travel to Minot to face the Magicians on Thursday, Oct. 11. "I think the guys enjoyed the win over the weekend, but starting on Monday, it's all about Minot," Dickinson head coach John Tuchscherer said. "It's a short week, so we had a lot of work to do in three days to get ourselves prepared to go up there on Thursday."
Fans packed inside of the Knights of Columbus Activities Center rose to their feet prior to the much anticipated contest between Dickinson Trinity and Hettinger-Scranton, but had to wait a couple of moments before the match could get underway. There were some technical difficulties with playing of the national anthem. However, after two minutes of silence, the crowd in unison performed a wonderful rendition of the anthem, culminating with loud applause that energized the building.
BEULAH — For the first time since 2010, the Dickinson Trinity football team has collected a victory in Beulah, handley defeating the Miners 24-6 on a cold and slippery night Friday, Oct. 5 from Beulah Riverside Park. With the victory, the Titans secured the No. 2 seed in Region 4 and home-field advantage in the first round of the Class A postseason.
KILLDEER — Heart River sophomore quarterback Nick Fagerberg connected with sophomore wide receiver Tanner Jarrett for a 7-yard touchdown reception with three seconds remaining in the game. However, senior place kicker Anton Krebs had his potential game-tying extra-point attempt blocked in the final seconds, allowing the Killdeer football team to escape with a 34-33 victory over the Cougars on Senior Night from Killdeer Cowboy Sports Complex.