Tom Mix, Published September 28 2012
Class 1A No. 4 Enderlin-Maple Valley defeats No. 5 Northern CassENDERLIN, N.D. – Enderlin-Maple Valley usually likes to split its offense right down the middle. Half run, half pass.
On Friday, the Falcons proved they could adjust that ratio on the fly when they went up against a stingy Northern Cass defense.
Enderlin-Maple Valley took to the passing game to defeat Northern Cass 26-22 in North Dakota Class 1A, Region 1 football at Hendrickson Field.
Senior quarterback Jordan Haseleu and speedy junior receiver Austin Dixson connected six times for 226 yards and two touchdowns to help the No. 4-ranked Falcons top the No. 5 Jaguars.
“Austin finally had a good game for us,” Haseleu said. “We need for him to have big games like that. Dan (Lindgren) has been my key target, but Austin has stepped up for us. … He caught everything I threw to him.”
Haseleu, an all-state defensive back a year ago, finished 10 of 16 passing with 290 yards and an interception. It is his first year as the Falcons’ starting quarterback.
It is also Dixson’s first year of playing varsity football.
“This is Austin’s breakout game and this is the best receiving game he has ever had,” Enderlin-Maple Valley head coach Brett Kapaun said. “It takes time to get all the mechanics down and running routes.”
Haseleu targeted Dixson early with an 87-yard touchdown strike in the final minute of the first quarter. The Falcons (6-0, 5-0 Region 1) went up 12-0 after a 3-yard run by Thomas Lindgren.
Northern Cass came storming back with a scoring drive at the end of the first half, capped by a 1-yard run by Tyler Kyllo.
Kyllo put the Jaguars up 16-12 with a 25-yard touchdown run with 11 minutes, 29 second left in regulation.
The Falcons answered with a two-play, 65-yard scoring drive highlighted by a 49-yard reception by Dan Lindgren and a 16-yard touchdown catch by Dixson.
“It was mostly the offensive line blocking for our quarterback to get the great gaps in the big passes we had,” Dixson said.
Northern Cass answered E-MV’s drive with another score. Kyllo again punched in a 1-yard keeper for a touchdown, and after a failed 2-point conversion, the Jaguars led 22-20 with 6:11 to play.
Facing the possibility of losing on homecoming and losing the top spot in the Region 1 standings, the Falcons put together a game-winning drive, finished off by an 11-yard touchdown run by Thomas Lindgren.
“It was a huge game for us,” Haseleu said. “It was for the No. 1 seed in the region and we have to continue to play well every single game now.”
Kyllo finished with 63 yards rushing for three touchdowns and was 5-for-14 passing for 102 yards and an interception. Maverick Symington rushed for 125 yards on 23 carries for the Jaguars (4-2, 4-1).
The Jaguars lost two key defensive players – senior defensive back Carter Brueshoff and freshman linebacker Cody Springer – to injury in the first half.
The Falcons’ big plays in the passing game exploited those loses.
“We didn’t have an answer for them early,” Northern Cass head coach Dale Nordick said. “We dug ourselves into a hole at 12-0, but overall I thought we played well up front with our running game. We really didn’t have an answer for their passing game.”
NC 0 8 0 14–22
EMV 6 6 0 14–26
EMV–Dixson 87 pass from Haseleu (pass failed)
EMV–T. Lindgren 3 run (pass failed)
NC–T. Kyllo 1 run (Symington run)
NC–T. Kyllo 25 run (Ca. Springer run)
EMV–Dixson 16 pass from Haseleu (Dixson pass from Haseleu)
NC–T. Kyllo 1 run (run failed)
EMV–T. Lindgren 11 run (pass failed)
RUSHING: NC, T. Kyllo 18-63, Ca. Springer 13-81, Symington 23-125, Co. Springer 2-6. EMV, McGough 2-7, T. Lindgren 13-42, Haseleu 8-9, D. Lindgren 1-15.
PASSING: NC, T. Kyllo 5-14-1–102. EMV, Haseleu 10-16-1–290.
RECEIVING: NC, Hochstetler 3-56, Ca. Springer 1-12, Symington 1-34. EMV, Dixson 6-226, D. Lindgren 3-64.
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