Cowboys advance to second round

At least one more week of Cowboy football! Last Saturday afternoon the Killdeer Cowboys were the only football team in North Dakota to host a playoff game out of town.

BY JOHN ABRAHAMSON

Special to the Dunn County Herald

 Posted Oct. 26, 2012

Because of poor field conditions, Killdeer hosted the Velva Aggies at the Biesot Activities Center on the campus of DSU and the result was a 43-14 Cowboy victory. The win upped Killdeer’s seasonal record to 7-3 and enabled them to travel to Stanley tomorrow for a second round playoff contest.

The Cowboy afternoon didn’t start off real well as senior quarterback Christian Kulish went down during the pregame warmup. Enter freshman quarterback Hayes LeMieux. The young junior varsity player took over and the Cowboys didn’t miss a beat as used strong second and third quarters to advance to the next round.

The Aggies, who also had a junior varsity quarterback at the wheel, was able to put the first six on the board. After a scoreless 11 minutes in the first period, Taylor Barstad put the visiting Aggies on the board with a one yard run with 1:05 left in the opening 12 minutes. The PAT was no good and the Aggies had the only lead they would have.

The Cowboys couldn’t crack the Aggie defense until late in the second quarter. They did so often and in a manner of 5:22 had 24 quick points.

The first score was set up by a Trenton Rohr puint return that advanced the pigskin to the Aggie 17 yard line. On the next snap, Lewis Dobitz went over from 17 yards and the Cowboys had things knotted. Rohr then scored on the conversion and the Cowboys had the 8-6 lead that wouldn’t be relinquished.

Rohr had another huge punt return, this one for 60 yards, which went the distance and put Killdeer on the board again with 3:32 left. Riley Rhode scored on his conversion attempt and the lead stood at 16-6.

The Cowboys weren’t done. The 7-3 squad had one more possession in the first half and the freshman quarterback went to work. LeMieux hit Calum Blankenship for a 15 yard touchdown strike and with LeMieux’s conversion run, Killdeer had a comfortable 24-6 halftime lead.

Rohr put the football game away early in the second half. The athletic sophomore put the offense on his back and scored on runs of 54 yards with 7:49 remaining and 75 with 3:32 left in the third quarter and Killdeer had a very safe 36-6 advantage.

The Aggies did score late in the period on a touchdown pass from Chris Peterson to Michael Thingstad to less the lead to 36-12 before the same combination hooked up on a conversion pass to cut the margin another two.

It was the last touchdown the Aggies would get. Killdeer did tack on one more with 7:00 minutes remaining in the contest. Dobitz scored for the second time, this one from 11 yards, and a Brock Pittsley conversion kick lit up the scoreboard to the 43-14 final.

As has been the case all year, the Cowboys used a strong prescence on both sides of the ball on the line. The big guys took over and the little guys went through and around and statistically won the yardage battle.

Rohr led the way with 143 yards on five carries while Dobitz lugged the leather 14 times for 91 yards. LeMieux had twelve carries for 53 yards in his varsity debut. The freshman quarterback was six for seven for 48 yards and the one touchdown pass.

Tomorrow, the Cowboys travel to Stanley to take on the number one ranked team in the state.


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