Killdeer Defeated 26-18 by Park River at State Championship Football Game

Right down to the wire, the state championship football game was exciting, explosive and executed well by both Killdeer Cowboys and Park River Aggies.

killdeer by Bryan Katz | bkatz@countrymedia.net

Right down to the wire, the state championship football game was exciting, explosive and executed well by both Killdeer Cowboys and Park River Aggies.

The first quarter was full of back and forth fumbles and recoveries as well as running plays from both sides. With 8:23 left in the first quarter, the Cowboys recovered a fumble that the Aggies were able to score on, leading Killdeer 7-0 with 3:59 left in the first quarter.

Trenton Rohr, making a key play in the first quarter, brought Killdeer up to tie with Park River. Unfortunately, Killdeer missed the two point conversion, leaving it a tied game with only 10 seconds left in the first quarter.

Going into the second quarter, the Park River Aggies pulled off a 56 yard pass for a touchdown only 10 seconds in to the quarter. Missing the two point conversion, Park River lead 12-6. Gaining possession, Killdeer’s Lewis Dobitz rushed one yard for a Cowboys touchdown. Again, Killdeer missed the extra point, tying the game 12-12 with 6:10 left in the second quarter.

When Park River went to punt, Killdeer was ready to receive. The ball was caught and ran upfield 45 yards by Killdeer for another touchdown. The extra point was missed, and the Cowboys now took the lead over the Aggies; 18-12. With 4:00 left in the second quarter, Park River passed for a touchdown and tied up the game. The first good extra point was made, and Park River now had a one point lead over Killdeer.

The second half was just as exciting as the first half. Disregarding the fact that not as many points were scored, the intensity and concentration from both teams on the field was equally exciting to watch as the back and forth runs and passes being conceived in the first half. With 5:42 left in the third quarter, Aggies recovered a fumble before it even hit the ground and ran it for another touchdown. The extra point from this drive was good as well, giving Park River an 8 point advantage over Killdeer; 26-18, the final score.

With 4:24 left in the fourth quarter, Park River would attempt a field goal and miss. Though that was the last score-attempting play, the game still went on for four minutes with both teams fired up and making plays.

Killdeer’s passing game wasn’t as strong as their running plays, but with only seconds on the clock, they had no choice but to pass, pass, pass. Their defense didn’t cease to impress either, pushing Park River back to almost the point of a Safety.

A very well-played game by both teams, and valiant efforts from the Killdeer Cowboys.


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