Jepson in Badlands Bowl game

Dillan Jepson will get one more high school football game before he suits up for the Dickinson State University Blue Hawks in the fall.


The senior from Killdeer was named to the Team North Dakota roster for the 2017 Knights of Columbus Badlands Bowl. The all-star game, in its 24th year, pits recent high school graduates from Montana against North Dakota.

The game will be on June 17 at 6 p.m. in Miles City, Mont.

This will be the third year in a row and the fourth time in five years that Killdeer will have a representative in the all-star extravaganza. Zeb Doe was selected in 2016, Lewis Dobitz in 2015 and Brock Pittsley in 2013. Killdeer has had a dozen players suit up for the game over the years.

Being named to the Badlands Bowl is just another nugget from Jepson’s final high school campaign that saw him nab conference, region and state honors.

Jepson was instrumental in helping the Cowboys win a share of the Region 7 championship, although a loss to Hazen gave the Bison the region’s number one seed in the playoffs. 

Despite missing the first game of the season, the 5-foot-11 Jepson was still one of the most dangerous runners in the region. He used his speed, quickness and power to be the team’s leading rusher.

For his effort, the 190-pound Jepson was named the the Badlands Conference team, the All-Region 4 team and the All-State team.

Jepson recently signed a national letter-of-intent to attend Dickinson State on a football scholarship.

The Badlands Bowl started in 1994 and Montana leads the series 17-6. Montana defeated North Dakota 31-6 last year at the Henry Biesiot Activities Center on the Dickinson State University campus in Dickinson.

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