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Published September 25 2010

Fargo Shanley's offense comes up big in football win against Central Cass

CASSELTON, N.D. – Minnesota Vikings fans longing for a taste of last year’s electric offense may want to take a look at Fargo Shanley High School.

The top-ranked Deacons piled up 418 yards of total offense en route to a 53-6 North Dakota Class 2A football victory against Central Cass on Friday.

“I thought offensively our line did a great job protecting the pass, giving Myles (Montplaisir) time to pick apart the man coverage we were seeing early,” said Deacons coach Steve Laqua, whose defending state champions remained undefeated with the win. “Defensively, I thought we did a great job controlling the line, putting them in a lot of third-and-longs.”

The Deacons (5-0) needed one offensive play to get on the score board.

Montplaisir hit Josh Rodenbiker from 24 yards out to give Shanley a 6-0 lead 10 minutes, 29 seconds remaining in the first quarter.

However, the Squirrels answered on the ensuing kick return.

Jalen Ham raced 65 yards to knot the game at 6-6.

Then the Deacons took off.

Shanley’s offensive line allowed Montplaisir ample time to find open receivers against a depleted Central Cass defense.

The Squirrels (3-2) were without standout senior linebacker Ben Birrenkott and offensive and defensive lineman Zach Odden-Lemar due to injuries.

Montplaisir went to Rodenbiker and Dylan Dunn often en route to 177 first-half passing yards.

Rodenbiker had four receptions for 71 yards and three scores as Shanley built a 34-6 halftime lead. He finished with five catches and 76 yards.

Dunn had seven catches for 103 yards.

“You have guys flying in every direction,” Central Cass coach Patrick Metzger said of the Deacons passing attack. “The thing about them is that they are not flashy, they are just extremely well coached as to where they need to be and when.”

Shanley limited Central Cass – which suffered its first loss of the season last week against Grafton – to 72 total yards in the first half.

Much of the Deacons’ offensive success came on four and five wide receiver sets, which forced the Squirrels to spread out its defensive backfield.

The game was played with a running clock for much of the second half. The second half was highlighted by a 60-yard touchdown pass by freshman backup quarterback Chase Montplaisir to sophomore receiver Grady Meyer. Chase Montplaisir is Myles’ younger brother.

Shanley 6 28 13 6–53

CC 6 0 0 0– 6

FS-Rodenbiker 24 pass from Montplaisir (kick failed)

CC-Ham 65 punt return (pass failed)

FS-Webber 9 run (Jordan kick)

FS-Rodenbiker 8 pass from Montplaisir (Jordan kick)

FS-Webber 1 run (Jordan kick)

FS-Rodenbiker 30 pass from Montplaisir (Jordan kick)

FS-Montplaisir 1 run (Jordan kick)

FS-Rivard 1 run (kick failed)

FS-Meyer 60 pass from C. Montplaisir (kick blocked)


RUSHING: FS, M. Montplaisir 9-50, Webber 9-59, Rivard 6-32, Thorson 3-12. CC, Rehovsky 5-25, Scheer 5-15, Ham 2-(-6), Nicklay 5-1, Kressin 1-0, Carvell 2-4, Totay 4-19.

PASSING: FS, M. Montplaisir 14-21-0 205, C. Montplaisir 1-1-0 60. CC, Scheer 5-13-2 39. Schultz 3-6-0 24.

RECEIVING: FS, Rodenbiker 5-76, Dunn 7-103, Nelson 1-10, Savageau 1-16, Meyer 1-60. CC, Ham 3-29, Nicklay 1-19, Rehovsky 1-(-9), Sinner 1-15, Veland 1-9.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Heath Hotzler at (701) 241-5562.

Hotzler’s blogs can be found at www.areavoices.com