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Dustin Monke / Forum Communications Co., Published October 12 2012

Fargo South prevails against Dickinson in football

DICKINSON, N.D. – James Johannesson walked into the Biesiot Activities Center locker rooms huffing and puffing, simply exhausted from his efforts on the football field.

“Yeah,” he said with a sigh and a smile. “I’m out of breath.”

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound sophomore had the game of his career Friday, rushing for 300 yards and four touchdowns on 37 carries to help No. 2-ranked Fargo South win a shootout over Dickinson 60-38 in a North Dakota nonconference high school football game.

Johannesson stepped into the Bruins’ featured back role after senior starter Zach Reich turned his ankle on the opening drive.

“It’s hard to fill Reich’s spot, I guess,” Johannesson said, adding he never expected to rush for so many yards. “Honestly, no. But the linemen, they’re our team. They brought us the victory today. When there are five-foot holes, it’s hard not to get seven, eight yards a carry.”

South head coach Troy Mattern said he had no problem putting the ball in Johannesson’s hands nearly 40 times.

“He’s just the type of kid where nothing bothers him,” Mattern said. “He just gets up there and makes things happen.”

Johannesson broke the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the season as he scored touchdowns on runs of 6 and 2 yards in the first half, both of which capped lengthy, clock-eating drives.

He added touchdown runs of 27 and 17 yards a little more than two minutes apart during a back-and-forth fourth quarter that saw a total of five touchdowns.

South was able to do nearly whatever it wanted offensively, gaining 570 yards.

Ty Brooks rushed for 83 yards and a pair of touchdowns and Zach Kellen was 6 of 11 for 117 yards passing and two touchdowns.

Reich, who came into the game with 1,137 yards rushing and 23 touchdowns, sprained his ankle after gaining 46 yards on four carries on South’s first series and didn’t play the rest of the game.

“We just cannot put a full game together,” Dickinson head coach Dennis Morris said. “Normally, it’s been a period of time that we’ve taken off. Tonight, it was defense.”

The Midgets weren’t slouches on offense though, rushing for 299 yards.

Midgets junior quarterback Dylan Skabo rushed for 92 yards and two fourth-quarter touchdowns, including a 62-yard scramble, to go along with his 48 yards passing.

FS 8 24 14 14–60

D 7 10 0 21–38

S–Johannesson 6 run (Johannesson run)

D–Dukart 5 run (Tony Kostelecky kick)

S–Johannesson 2 run (Johannesson run)

S–Brooks 25 run (Johannesson run)

D–Kostelecky 30 FG

S–Rostad 15 pass from Kellen (Johannesson run)

D–Cherwinski 9 run (Kostelecky kick)

S–Staigle 10 pass from Kellen (run failed)

S–Brooks 32 run (Johannesson run)

D–Skabo 10 run (Kostelecky kick)

S–Johannesson 17 run (run failed)

D–Skabo 62 run (Kostelecky kick)

S–Johannesson 27 run (Johannesson run)

D–Dukart 5 run (Kostelecky kick)

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING: S, Johannesson 37-300, Brooks 11-83, Reich 4-46, Kellen 1-(minus-4). D, Skabo 11-92, Cherwinski 12-86, Dukart 13-72, Skypkowski 14-70, Steig 1-1, Rohr 1-(minus-22).

PASSING: S, Kellen 6-11-0 117. D, Skabo 5-8-1 48, Rohr 1-3-0 minus-1.

RECEIVING: S, Verghis 2-54, Brooks 1-37, Rostad 1-15, Staigle 1-10, Reich 1-1. D, Krieg 3-38, Jordheim 3-11.


Monke is the sports editor for The Dickinson Press