Killdeer faces ‘scrappy’ Heart River at home tonight
The Killdeer Cowboys opened Class A Region 4 play in impressive fashion, using a 35-point first quarter to route Standing Rock Community High School 66-0 on Friday in Standing Rock.
Dillan Jepson led the onslaught by rushing for 150 yards on just six carries and scored and three toucdowns on runs of 2, 36 and 46 yards.
But he wasn’t the only one who got in the scoring caravan. Hoyt Zander also scored three touchdowns – on a punt return and two 30-yard receptions from Alex Sadowsky. Kadin Nodland also added a couple of second half touchdowns on runs of 33 and 15 yards. Dylan Tabor and Cole Dukart each ran for a touchdown.
The Cowboys rushed for 392 yards and generated nearly 500 yards in total offense, while holding Standing Rock to eight yards in total offense. Killdeer’s smothering defense did not allow positive rushing yardage in the game – minus 61 yards on 25 carries.
Killdeer improved to 3-1 overall and 1-0 in region play while Standing Rock dropped to 0-3 and 0-1 in region play. The Cowboys will host Heart River at 6 tonight. Heart River picked up its first win of the season after defeating Southern McLean 13-6 in overtime.
Heart River is under new leadership this season, which means they will be running new schemes this season. Killdeer head coach Lou Dobitz described Heart River’s new offense.
“In the past they have always been a run dominant team. Right now they changed with new coaching turnover. They became a spread team that throws the ball much more and they have athletes. They have some good lineman up front too,” Dobitz said.
Dobitz still expects Heart River to send out a scrappy and strong defense.
“They still play hard. They are going to play some good defense I know they will. So we have to be ready for a lot of different things from them,” Dobitz said.
Against Standing Rock, the Killdeer defense started the route by forcing a fumble on the second play of the game.
Jepson quickly turned the turnover into a score when he rammed the ball in from two yards out and made the extra point kick, giving Killdeer a 7-0 lead.
The defense caused another turnover that led to another score, when Zander picked up a blocked punt and returned it eight yards for a score. The PAT was no good, which left the score at 13-0 Killdeer.
The great performance kept going for Killdeer on the next possession. Killdeer’s defense earned a safety, making the score 15-0.
After the safety, Sadowsky found Zander for a 30-yard score on a play-action pass. Jepson made the PAT, pushing Killdeer to a 22-0 lead.
And on the next series, the duo hooked up again on another 30-yard strike to break the game wide open. The extra point attempt failed, but the Cowboys led 28-0.
Jepson closed out the first quarter scoring frenzy with a 36-yard touchdown. Rope Smith booted the extra point to give Killdeer a 35-0 lead after one quarter of play.
Dukart and Tabor added touchdown runs in the second quarter, before Jepson registered his third TD of the game in the third quarter and Nodland added two scores in the second half.