Dobitz named Coach of the Year

Not only did Killdeer football head coach Lou Dobitz help lead the Cowboys to its first state championship appearance in 19 years, but he also collected multiple honors.

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By Dickinson Press Sports

Not only did Killdeer football head coach Lou Dobitz help lead the Cowboys to its first state championship appearance in 19 years, but he also collected multiple honors.

After the No. 4-ranked Cowboys placed runner-up during the North Dakota Class 1A state title game against Park River-Fordville-Lankin, Dobitz was named Class 1A coach of the year.

On Christmas, he received another honor — 2014 American Family Insurance ALL-USA North Dakota coach of the year.

The Cowboys ended with a 9-2 record, defeated No. 3-ranked Rugby and top-ranked Hazen during the quarterfinals and semifinals, respectively, to reach the championship game.

Killdeer averaged 36.6 points per game and allowed 13. The Cowboys finished with 218 rushing yards and 102 passing yards per game.

Dobitz wasn’t the only Cowboy to find their name on this list. Killdeer senior Trenton Rohr, who signed to play football for Dickinson State in the fall, received defensive back honors. Rohr split time between quarterback, running back, wide receiver and cornerback during his senior season at Killdeer.

Defensively, Rohr ended with 33 tackles — 20 solo — eight pass break-ups and six interceptions. He returned two of those interceptions for touchdowns. Offensively, the 5-foot-10, 160-pound senior combined for 1,474 yards and 26 touchdowns between passing, rushing and receiving.

Dickinson High senior cornerback Ben Twist was also named as a defensive back. The senior finished with 51 tackles — 16 solo — 4.5 tackles for a loss and four pass break-ups. Offensively, Twist rushed for 128 yards and one touchdown. He also caught 17 passes for 90 yards and one touchdown.

The Midgets ended their season with a 3-6 record and lost in the quarterfinals of the Class 3A playoffs to eventual state champions Fargo Davies.

Offensive player of the year was Fargo South standout and University of Minnesota verbal commit James Johannesson. The 6-1, 210-pound running back finished with more than 2,000 yards and 33 touchdowns this season. During his prep career, he rushed for a school-record 6,198 yards and a school-record 81 touchdowns.

Defensive player of the year was Bismarck St. Mary’s and University of Mary verbal commit Noah Krebs. The 6-foot, 185-pound senior helped the Saints win back-to-back Class 2A state titles.


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