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Published October 09 2010

No. 1 Fargo Shanley rolls to victory against formidable football foe in Lisbon

LISBON, N.D. – All of Fargo Shanley’s previous opponents currently have losing records. Friday was supposed to be the big test.

But it was another Deacons’ rout.

Senior quarterback Myles Montplaisir finished with five touchdown passes to lead top-ranked and defending North Dakota Class 2A football champion Shanley to a 54-18 victory against Lisbon on Friday night at Sandager Field.

“It comes down to practice, and what we do in practice,” Montplaisir said. “In practice, we strive to be our best every play and it translates into the games.”

The Deacons (7-0) were efficient on offense in the first half, scoring on five drives of 1 minute, 45 seconds or less.

Montplaisir picked apart the Broncos defensive backs for 156 yards through the air before halftime. He finished 11 of 19 for 192 yards.

Dylan Dunn hauled in back-to-back touchdown passes to put the Deacons ahead 13-0 with 5:15 remaining in the first quarter.

Dunn also recovered a blocked punt in the end zone to make the score 26-0 early in the second quarter.

“One of the keys for us is that we couldn’t make mistakes, we couldn’t give them a short field,” Lisbon coach Mark Moss said. “We had too many mistakes in that first quarter. Against a team like Shanley, you can’t give them a short field. They have to earn it. And we helped them out.”

Lisbon (5-2) was hurt by mistakes and bad luck.

Shanley turned a fumble into a score, recovered a punt for a touchdown and went ahead 40-0 on a 35-yard touchdown pass that was tipped into the waiting arms of Ben Savageau as he raced into the end zone.

The Broncos kept grinding away with its running game in the second half, scoring on Zach Peterson runs of 4 and 19 yards.

Peterson piled up 157 yards on 21 carries to help Lisbon keep the clock moving, and keep the ball out of the hands of Montplaisir and the Deacons offense.

Broncos running back Reed Huether also had 79 yards on 11 carries.

“Everyday we have to do what’s expected,” said Montplaisir, who said he’s mulling offers to play football from several Division II and Division III schools. “Whether that’s doing your homework or giving everything you’ve got in conditioning or getting the play right in practice.

“We’re just doing what we expect from ourselves.”

Shanley 19 21 0 14 – 54

Lisbon 0 6 6 6 – 18

S-Dunn 16 pass from Montplaisir (Jordan kick)

S-Dunn 15 pass from Montplaisir (kick blocked)

S-Rivard 3 run (kick blocked)

S-Dunn recovered blocked punt in end zone (Jordan kick)

S-Rodenbiker 20 pass from Montplaisir (Jordan kick)

L-Huether 25 run (pass failed)

S-Savageau 35 pass from Montplaisir (Jordan kick)

L-Peterson 4 run (run failed)

S-Rodenbiker 21 pass from Montplaisir (Jordan kick)

L-Peterson 19 run (pass failed)

S-Thorson 25 run (Strom kick)

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING: S, Montplaisir 8-63, Rivard 9-64, Thorson 7-68, Strom 2-5. L, Huether11-79, Peterson 21-157, Qual 6-54, Mangin 5-17, Dukes 1-4, Urbach 2-9, Berg 1-4.

PASSSING: S, Montplaisir 11-19-0 192. L, Qual 7-8-0 60, Urbach 0-1-0.

RECEIVING: S, Rodenbiker 5-109, Dunn 4-41, Savageau 1-35. L, Mittleider 1-11, Aberle 1-7, Mangin 1-5, Huether 3-11, Michels 26.


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