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Class B football roundup: Raiders and confidence paying early dividends

RICHARDTON -- Leading throughout the second half of its contest against Central McLean on Friday, Aug. 31, the Richardton-Taylor-Hebron football team saw its advantage dwindle to four at the midway point of the final period.

Richardton-Taylor-Hebron senior quarterback Logan Hoff carries the ball down the field after breaking the tackle against Central McLean on Friday, Aug. 31 from John H. Gengler Memorial Field. (Shelby Reardon/The Dickinson Press)
Richardton-Taylor-Hebron senior quarterback Logan Hoff carries the ball down the field after breaking the tackle against Central McLean on Friday, Aug. 31 from John H. Gengler Memorial Field. (Shelby Reardon/The Dickinson Press)

RICHARDTON - Leading throughout the second half of its contest against Central McLean on Friday, Aug. 31, the Richardton-Taylor-Hebron football team saw its advantage dwindle to four at the midway point of the final period.

Coming off a year that featured just one victory, the previous reiteration of the Raiders played hard but may have had trouble closing the Cougars out. As the results through the first three weeks of the 2018 campaign indicate though, this Richardton-Taylor-Hebron team is playing with a renewed sense of confidence.

A rushing touchdown in the game's final minutes from senior fullback Elijah Vogle sealed the deal as the Raiders came away with 44-32 triumph over their Region 5 opponent.

"The kids, they've been in tight games and they feel like they can win the tight games," Raiders head coach Seth Forster said "That confidence is something that we would like to keep building."

After suffering an opening week loss to currently undefeated Linton-HMB, Richardton-Taylor-Hebron has collected victories in its last two contests, scoring a higher total in each successive game.

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"Our offense, what's great about it is that we don't just have one great player. We have a lot of kids that are athletic and I feel give us a lot of options," Foster said. "Our offensive coordinator, coach [Devin] Rummel has been doing a really good job of mixing the ball around - giving it to Zach [Schmalenberger] on some runs, throwing it to our tight ends Logan Kuntz, Collin Kuntz, Owen Voigt. There's just a lot of options and Coach Rummel has been doing a great job of mixing things up and keeping the defense on its toes."

The Raiders aim to make it three consecutive wins on Friday as they face a road test in Mott-Regent-New England (1-2).

Killdeer-Bowman County set for undefeated showdown.

Despite collecting four more penalties than its opponent and losing the takeaway battle by a 3-1 margin, including two turnovers which resulted in scores, Bowman County overcame a 20-0 second quarter deficit last Friday against Dickinson Trinity, picking up a thrilling 30-26 comeback victory in front of its home crowd.
"Tremendous heart, grit, competitors," Bowman County head coach Todd Frie said to describe his players' efforts. "Like I told them at halftime 'if you think we're done, the good thing about football is that they're are two halves, and we still had a second one to play.' ... They showed a lot of heart, persevered and I couldn't be more proud of the guys."
Taking their only lead with four minutes remaining in the game, the Bulldogs rode the wave of their defense, limiting the Titans to 142 total yards of offense and All-Region quarterback Aric Knopik to 6 of 20 passing. Bowman County held Dickinson Trinity to 1-for-11 on third down and 1-for-5 on fourth down.
"Our guys just locked in. We got the momentum, the momentum started to roll," Frie said. "They were more comfortable, more confident in their abilities and if you aren't playing scared, you're playing good."
The Bulldogs do not have too much time to bask in their victory as they will travel to Killdeer on Friday in a matchup of 2-0 teams.

Last season, Bowman County won its first two games of the year before falling to the Cowboys 24-14, a lost that played a part in keeping the Bulldogs out of the postseason. Coming off of the excitement of their comeback victory over the Titans, Frie understands that his team needs to move on from it quickly.
"It's got to be in our past," Frie said. "We told them to have that night and the weekend to enjoy it, but starting Sunday, start watching film on our next opponent because when we come to practice Monday, we have a lot of work to do. ... Our ultimate goal is not to be 2-0, our ultimate goal goes much further than that."
In order to become 3-0, Frie hopes to neutralize the Cowboys up front, calling the line "big and physical." Line play was critical to a Killdeer attack that amassed over 350 yards of offense in a 45-8 week two victory over Southern McLean.

"The big thing for us was our offensive line while the defensive line was able to take control of the line of scrimmage, that was big for us," Killdeer head coach Lou Dobitz said.
Behind its veteran offensive line, the Cowboys jumped ahead thanks to three touchdowns from senior running back Riley Reiss. After scoring on a 4-yard plunge, Reiss hauled in a 56-yard touchdown reception from senior quarterback Dylan Tabor. Reiss would again reach the end zone on the ground with a 26-yard run before Tabor delivered points through in the air again, this time linking with senior wide receiver Kacen Gartner for a 33-yard connection.
Even with his team's supply of playmakers, Dobitz says the primary focus this week during practice has been geared towards slowing down Bowman County's big play capabilities.

Against the Titans, the Bulldogs completed three plays of more than 40 yards, including a 59-yard rushing touchdown from Bulldogs senior running back Adam Powell.

"They're an explosive team and they're really talent. We are trying to make sure we are getting our responsibilities taken care of, especially on defense," Dobitz said. "We are hoping they don't break any big plays and we are trying to make sure we get our job done on the offensive line because they have some good kids on defense, too. They have a really good team overall so we're going to try and eliminate mistakes."

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