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Published August 28 2010

Hillsboro's defense stands tall in victory against Wyndmere-Lidgerwood

WYNDMERE, N.D. – Tackle. Tackle. Tackle.

That one word, repeated multiple times, is what Hillsboro coach Scott Olsen said every time Wyndmere-Lidgerwood receiver Ryan Orth got the ball. Hillsboro’s defense did not disappoint their coach especially on fourth down.

Hillsboro shut out Wyndmere-Lidgerwood in the fourth quarter – including five consecutive fourth-down stops – in a 22-20 win on Friday in Wyndmere.

“At the time, you think you’re luck is going to run out,” Olsen said about his defense’s fourth-down stops. “But there were times where we did shoot ourselves in the foot, so in some ways we were unlucky.”

Luck has been on Hillsboro’s side following last year’s shocking playoff loss to Hankinson. Hillsboro

(2-0) opened the season Tuesday with a 38-0 win against Thompson.

Wyndmere-Lidgerwood (1-1) looks to rebound next week when it faces Hankinson.

Senior running back Alex McLean capped what had already been an impressive week.

He opened the season by rushing for 197 yards and two touchdowns. His latest performance was a 17-carry, 118-yard effort.

Hillsboro opened the game by scoring on its first drive. McLean padded the lead to 14-6 as he caught a 13-yard touchdown pass from Brandon Otto.

Wyndmere-Lidgerwood’s Brock Weiber cut the lead to 14-12 in the second on a

3-yard run.

When Wyndmere-Lidgerwood started the third quarter by cutting the lead to 22-20, that would be the last time either team reached the end zone.

“Both teams made a lot of mistakes, both teams tried to make a lot of plays,” said Wyndmere-Lidgerwood coach Scott Strenge. “You got to make those plays. Coaching, we made poor coaching calls. We muffed a snap. There were things that bit us, but we have to get ready for Hankinson.”

Strenge stressed improvement to his team at the end of the game. He also reminded them they’d be looking at film at 10 a.m. this morning.

There’s no doubting they’ll be looking at ways to improve on fourth down.

Whether it was fourth-and-inches or fourth-and-7, Hillsboro managed to make the stop.

Yet the stop Olsen was most pleased with came at the end of the game.

Wyndmere-Lidgerwood got the ball back on the Hillsboro 30 with 1.5 seconds left. That’s when Orth took off on the run.

He slashed through a few defenders before being stopped at midfield.

Tackle. Tackle. Tackle.

That’s what Hillsboro did and that was enough to make Olsen a happy man.

H 14 8 0 0–22

WL 6 6 8 0–20

W–Illies 15 pass from Bell (pass failed)

H–Ydstie 13 pass from B. Otto (Anderson pass from Bell)

H–McLean 13 pass from B. Otto (pass failed)

W–Wieber 3 run (pass failed)

H–M. Otto 5 run (Bowen run)

W–Orth 47 run (Weiber run)


RUSHING: H, B. Otto 21-57, McLean 17-118, Tapson 3-6, M. Otto 6-44, Bowen 1-3. W, Orth 10-123, Illies 5-20, Weiber 15-80, Bell 2-(-3).

PASSING: H, B. Otto 5-9-0 72 yards. WL, Bell 5-7-1 39, Weibel 1-5-0 10, Orth 1-1-0 19.

RECEIVING: H, T. Anderson 1-42, Ydstie 1-13, McLean 3-17. WWL, Orth 3-34, Illies 1-15, Weiber 1-19.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Ryan S. Clark at (701) 241-5548