Park River-F-L beats Killdeer in Class 1A title game for 2nd straight year
FARGO -- Even if Killdeer had been hoping for revenge, Park River-Fordville-Lankin wouldn't allow it. That was made clear in the first 3 minutes. Aggies senior quarterback Levi Cudmore rushed for touchdowns of 3 and 59 yards just under 3 minutes ...
FARGO - Even if Killdeer had been hoping for revenge, Park River-Fordville-Lankin wouldn’t allow it.
That was made clear in the first 3 minutes.
Aggies senior quarterback Levi Cudmore rushed for touchdowns of 3 and 59 yards just under 3 minutes into the Class 1A state championship game, spurring what would become a 38-14 victory Friday at the Fargodome to give Park River-Fordville-Lankin an 11-0 season and its second consecutive title.
PR-F-L defeated Killdeer 26-18 in the title game in 2014 in Grand Forks, making the latest loss even tougher to handle.
“It hurts. It hurts a lot,” Cowboys senior fullback Zeb Doe said. “But all you can do as a good senior captain is encourage the juniors to get us back here next year.”
Doe led the Cowboys (9-2) with 83 rushing yards on 11 carries Friday. But on the whole, Killdeer was prevented from implementing its usual offensive gameplan.
“It was tough to figure out some different things to work with,” Killdeer head coach Lou Dobitz said. “We had to throw the football a little bit, more than we planned to. We thought we might have a little success running the football, but they played really well on the edge.”
Senior running back Derek Tabor, who rushed for more than 1,200 yards in the 10 previous games, was held to 21 yards on 12 carries.
Killdeer senior quarterback Hayes LeMieux completed 9 of 21 passes for 103 yards with an interception. LeMieux scored Killdeer’s first points on a 1-yard dive on the opening play of the second quarter.
The touchdown and conversion cut the Aggies’ lead to 16-8, but PR-F-L would add three more touchdowns over the course of the game to open a 38-8 advantage.
“We’d been in that situation before,” Doe said of the early deficit, “but we were hoping we could fight and get out of it.”
Killdeer’s other points came with 2:20 remaining in the fourth quarter, when Tabor took a pitch to the right, avoided a tackle and tossed a 12-yard touchdown to junior tight end Dillan Jepson. Jepson caught seven passes for 62 yards in the game.
Cudmore completed a 75-yard touchdown pass to senior receiver Daman Flaten in the third quarter. Flaten caught four passes for 148 yards.
“They keyed on Cadyn Hunter, and he couldn’t get it going,” Aggies head coach Robert Goll said. “But if you have other guys do their job, they’re going to be open, and that’s what happened.”
Hunter, a senior running back, was limited to 34 yards on 16 carries, but Cudmore ran 11 times for 131 yards.
Jackson Hankey, a senior fullback, rushed seven times for 26 yards. He did his damage with touchdown runs of 2 and 8 yards in the second and fourth quarters, respectively. He also had an interception late in the second quarter.
The Cowboys failed to capitalize on their two main defensive plays: an interception that went through Jepson’s hands on fourth down in the second quarter, and a turnover on downs after junior safety Hoyt Zander returned an interception to the Aggies’ 23.
The Aggies’ offense that put up 393 total yards was simply, and ultimately, too much to combat.
“They were able to find some spots, and we missed some tackles too,” Dobitz said. “They’re a great team. I tip my hat to them.”
K0 8 0 6 -- 14
PR16 8 6 8 -- 38
PR--Levi Cudmore 3 run (Jackson Hankey pass from Cudmore)
PR--Cudmore 59 run (Hankey pass from Cudmore)
K--Hayes LeMieux 1 run (Dillan Jepson pass from Derek Tabor)
PR--Hankey 2 run (Hankey run)
PR--Daman Flaten 75 pass from Cudmore (pass failed)
PR--Hankey 8 run (Andy Moe pass from Cudmore)
K--Jepson 7 pass from Tabor (kick failed)
RUSHING: K, Zeb Doe 11-83, Dillan Jepson 3-30, Derek Tabor 12-21, Hayes LeMieux 5-20. PR, Levi Cudmore 11-131, Cayden Hunter 16-34, Jackson Hankey 7-26, Daman Flaten 3-11.
PASSING: K, LeMieux 9-21-1--103, Tabor 4-5-0--33. PR, Cudmore 6-11-1--191, Hankey 0-1-0--0.
RECEIVING: K, Jepson 7-62, Alex Sadowsky 2-49, Garrett LeMieux 1-11, Doe 1-10, Tabor 2-4. PR, Flaten 4-148, Hankey 2-43.
Class 1A Senior athlete of the Year: Levi Cudmore, Park River-Fordville-Lankin
Class 1A Coach of the Year: Robert Goll, Park River-Fordville-Lankin