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Daniel Allar / Minot Daily News , Published October 27 2012

Milnor-North Sargent knocked out in Class 1A state quarterfinals

WESTHOPE, N.D. – The Westhope-Newburg-Glenburn football team is reclassifying into the 9-man division next year, but the Sioux are handling the North Dakota Class 1A playoffs just fine this season.

W-N-G junior quarterback Hunter Braaten rushed for 122 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Sioux past Milnor-North Sargent 20-14 and into the state semifinals for the first time in team history.

“We let Braaten loose a couple of times,” M-NS coach Eric Olson said. “That kid’s a heck of a ballplayer. He’s slithery. He just made some plays.”

Braaten scored on a 25-yard run on the fifth play from scrimmage.

But the next drive – and much of the first half – was dominated by Bulldogs junior running back Andrew Martinson.

Martinson rushed six times on M-NS’s ensuing possession and capped the drive with a 1-yard touchdown plunge. The 5-foot-11, 160-pound back carried the ball 24 times for 162 yards, including 13 times for 117 yards before halftime.

“He’s our go-to guy running the ball,” Olson said. “The kid runs hard every single down, whether he has the ball or doesn’t. When he’s in practice or drills, he goes hard every single time. He’s gonna be an important piece next year for us coming back, so I’m proud of how he ran.”

The Bulldogs (6-4) led 14-6 at halftime but didn’t score again.

M-NS graduates just two starters. The Sioux have a rematch with Langdon-Munich in a playoff semifinal at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Langdon. L-M beat W-N-G on Oct. 5.

MNS 8 6 0 0–14

WNG 6 0 14 0–20

WNG–Braaten 25 run (pass failed)

MNS–Martinson 1 run (Martinson run)

MNS–Martinson 1 run (run failed)

WNG–Braaten 1 run (Hermes fumble recovery)

WNG–Braaten 7 run (run failed)