The Velva Aggies got to buck off the upset hopes of Killdeer early in Saturday’s first round of the football playoffs.
Playing in front of a home crowd, the Aggies were impatient, taking a 7-0 before many of the fans were even in the stands.
Quarterback Jersey Selzer scored less than two minutes into the game on a one-yard run. Kaden Chadwick’s extra point was good, putting the hosts ahead by a 7-0 score with 10:22 left in the quarter.
The hosts scored again on Michael Thomas’ 16 yard run to make it a 13-0 lead when the kick failed.
Still ahead in the second quarter by 13 points, the Aggies changed that when Adam Schepp caught a 14 yard pass from Selzer for a score that increased the lead to 20-0 with the extra point just 50 seconds into the second quarter.
Velva went on a three-touchdown spree in the second quarter. Gage Florence scored the next two Velva touchdown before
halftime. Florence for a 28-yard score on a fourth and eight play with 4:20 left on the clock.
Florence scored again with a six-yard catch from Selzer with just 28 seconds before halftime.
Ahead 33-0 at the half, Velva came out and kept adding to its lead.
In the third quarter, Tyson Tomlinson scored on a 77-yard run to give Velva a 40-0 lead which lasted into the fourth quarter.
With 9:24 left in the game on a running clock, Hunter Suckut scored on a 46 yard pass from Selzer, closing out the Aggies’ scoring with a 47-0 lead over the visitors from Dunn County.
In the final minutes, the Cowboys mounted a scoring drive that erased the shutout from the scoreboard.
The only scoring drive started at the Killdeer 33 yard line.
Killdeer quarterback Zach Andersen hit Fernando Sandoval with a quick pass for six yars.
Andersen went back to Sandoval again, with the receiver taking it to the Velva 33 yard line before he was stopped.
Andersen went to the air again with Gabe Magee pulling the ball in and taking it to the Velva four.
Anderson scored from the four on the next play with 5:50 left in the game. Sandoval kicked the extra point.
The Cowboys kicked the ball out of bounds, giving the Aggies possession at their own 35 yard line.
The defense held, forcing the Aggies to punt on a fourth and long five play.
Only the Aggies didn’t punt.
Tristan Brewer took the snap and ran toward sidelines in front of his teammates and getting a first down at midfield.
The Cowboys stopped the Velva rusher for just one yard on the first play, then sacked the quarterback for five yards and set up a third and 14 situation ….. but the last play ended up as a fumble with the Aggies recovering it and the final seconds running off the clock.
The loss dropped Killdeer to 3-5 for the season, while Velva moved on to a quarterfinal match against Shiloh Christian in another home game for the Aggies. The Skyhawks beat Des Lacs-Burlington by a 43-12 margin in Saturday’s first round battle.
The Bishop Ryan Lions will travel to face Bowman County Nov. 2 in Bowman, trying to keep the Bulldogs from making it to the Class A semifinals again. The Lions moved into the quarterfinals with a 34-12 win over New Salem/Almont. The Bulldogs chewed up visiting Kenmare/Bowbells/Burke
Central with a 52-0 shut out in Bowman.
In other playoff action, Langdon area/Erdmore/Munich easily handled its first round opponent with a 56-12 victory over Northern Cass. Thompson handed Harvey/Wells a 20-6 loss and will travel to Lisbon. The Broncos beat Grafton in their first round contest by a 54-18 margin. Oakes beat Rugby 35-23 and will travel to Langdon for the quarterfinals Nov.2.
For four Cowboys, it was the final game of their high school career.
After congratulating Velva players on the victory, the 2019 Cowboys met in the end zone for the last time after the game.
The first thing was having the four seniors, Gabe Magee, Dylan Asay, Dale Chinn and Nicolas Buckman, line up underneath the goal posts to be honored by their teammates.