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Beulah defeats Fargo Shanley in Class 2A football championship

FARGO -- Beulah's football team entered the Fargodome on Friday looking to win its first state title in 26 years. The wait is over as the No. 2-ranked Miners defeated No. 4-ranked Fargo Shanley 33-18 in the North Dakota Class 2A state title game....

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Mikey Morris of Beulah stretches out as he scores a touchdown in the first quarter as Shanley’s Thomas Erie tries to stop him during the Class 2A championship football game Friday in the Fargodome. (FNS Photo by Dave Wallis)

FARGO - Beulah’s football team entered the Fargodome on Friday looking to win its first state title in 26 years.
The wait is over as the No. 2-ranked Miners defeated No. 4-ranked Fargo Shanley 33-18 in the North Dakota Class 2A state title game.
Beulah dominated on the offensive side of the ball Friday, out-gaining the Deacons 480-246 in total yards to win its first state championship since 1989.
“We got handled up front,” Shanley head coach Rod Oksendahl said. “Their front beat our front, and that’s what it came down to. Their offensive line played extremely well. Credit to them. They blocked very well today, and we didn’t do much on the defensive side of the ball (Friday). It was a very frustrating day from that standpoint.”
Beulah senior running back Cory Alt scored two touchdowns - one rushing and one receiving - and both scores were big for momentum.
Alt hauled in a 37-yard touchdown catch from Casey Walcker with 1 minute, 12 seconds remaining in the first half.
To open the second half, Alt scored on an 80-yard run off a direct snap from the center on the first play from scrimmage.
The direct snap play was a fake that Shanley defenders bit on. Walcker acted as though the snap had been mishandled allowing Alt to go untouched for the touchdown.
“It was a huge play,” said Alt, who finished with 123 yards rushing and 63 yards receiving. “We run it about two times a game. It works very well. The fake is amazing.”
Beulah head coach Jim Dooley said the play is one in which the team picks its spots to run it during games.
“It is a direct snap to our fullback and we have run that for four years,” Dooley said. “It has been been a good play for us at times and sometimes teams take it away from us. We have to set up. If we think teams might give us that opening, we’ll take it.”
Oksendahl said Alt’s touchdowns hurt.
“That touchdown right before half was a tough one to give up,” Oksendahl said. “It would have been a one-score game instead of a two-score game. Then they had the ball coming out of halftime as well. They ran that fullback play. They save it and they do a good job with it.”
Beulah (11-1) led 13-3 at halftime.
Shanley (10-2) was 1-for-5 on third down in the first half, but in the second half the Deacons began to move the ball better.
Shanley junior Matt Burd scored on a 5-yard run in the final minute of the third quarter and the Deacons entered the fourth quarter trailing 19-11.
Beulah answered with two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, including a 41-yard touchdown pass from Mikey Morris to Walcker.
Burd finished the game with 134 yards rushing with two touchdowns for the Deacons.

B 7 6 6 14 - 33
FS 3 0 8 7 - 18
FS--Reinholz 24 FG
B--Morris 6 run (Morris kick)
B--Alt 37 pass from Walcker (kick failed)
B--Alt 80 run (run failed)
FS--Burd 5 run (Erie pass from Lancaster)
B--Krizan 2 run (Morris kick)
B--Walcker 41 pass from Morris (Morris kick)
FS--Burd 1 run (Reinholz kick)
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
RUSHING: B, Alt 7-123, Morris 16-71, Krizan 9-57, Walcker 8-29. FS, Burd 25-134, K. Johnson 4-17, Francis 1-9, Lancaster 3-7, Bucholz 1-7, Roehrich 1-5, J. Johnson 1-2, Mizero 1-1, Kava 1-(-7).
PASSING: B, Walcker 7-10-1--159, Morris 1-1-0--41. FS, Lancaster 6-15-0--71.
RECEIVING: B, Alt 2-63, Suter 1-61, Walcker 1-41, Morris 3-30, Remmick 1-5. FS, Klieman 3-38, Burd 2-30, Erie 1-3.

Class 2A Coach of the Year
Jim Dooley, Beulah
Class 2A Senior Athlete of the Year
Carson Zarak, Wahpeton

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