Tom Mix, Published November 01 2012
ND high school football playoff capsules
Bismarck Century (8-2) at Fargo South (8-2)
When: 6 p.m. today
Where: Fargo South High School
What you need to know: No. 3-ranked South defeated No. 2-ranked Century 34-20 in the season opener on Aug. 24 … The Patriots knocked the Bruins out in the state quarterfinals last season with a 21-7 victory. … This is the ninth consecutive season Century and South have met in the playoffs. … South head coach Troy Mattern said senior running back Zach Reich has been a full participant in practice this week. … Bruins junior quarterback Zach Kellen is coming off a big game in the quarterfinals where he threw two touchdowns and rushed for two scores. … The Patriots feature speedy wide receiver Drew Wiseman, who had three catches for 76 yards and a touchdown against Grand Forks Red River in the quarterfinals.
Coach’s comments: “With the first matchup being so early in the year, there is really not a lot you can draw from it,” Mattern said. “Defensively, we will have to limit the big plays. They have a wide receiver in Wiseman that is a deep threat, and we’ll have to limit his catches. Offensively, we just got to do what we have been doing and keep things up-tempo.”
West Fargo (7-3) at Bismarck (10-0)
When: 7 p.m. today
Where: The Community Bowl
What you need to know: The No. 1-ranked Bismarck Demons are the defending 3A state champions. … The Demons have won their last four playoff games and haven’t suffered a loss since Oct. 7 of last year. … Bismarck defeated West Fargo 29-0 in the regular-season opener on Aug. 24. … The Demons defense has yet to allow an opponent to score in double-digits this fall. … West Fargo has won four consecutive games. … Senior running back Preston Lehmann is averaging 6.5 yards per carry and has scored 21 touchdowns this season for the Packers.
Coach’s comments: “First of all we did not have a running game the first time we played them,” West Fargo head coach Jay Gibson said. “We have five seniors playing on the line, and I think they have really improved. The emergence of Preston (Lehmann) has added a lot to our team. He is a tough runner and a hard guy to tackle.”
Beulah (9-1) at Fargo Shanley (8-2)
When: 2:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Sid Cichy Stadium
What you need to know: No. 1-ranked Fargo Shanley is 6-0 in playoff games at Sid Cichy Stadium. … The Deacons have outscored their opponents 225-58 in those playoff games. … Since moving to Class 2A in 2009, the Deacons have advanced the 2A title game each of the last three seasons. … The No. 3-ranked Miners feature a strong passing game led by senior quarterback Trevor Zacher, who passed for 167 yards and three touchdowns in Beulah’s quarterfinals win over Wahpeton. … The Deacons have outscored their opponents 138-26 in the second quarter this fall … Shanley sophomore running back Danny Stasch is averaging 126.6 rushing yards per game and has scored 18 touchdowns.
Coach’s comments: “Beulah has a really balanced offense,” Shanley head coach Rod Oksendahl said. “You look at their formations and you would think that they would be a heavy run team, but they really are not. They throw the ball quite a bit out of those formations. They are going to be a tough team to defend. There is no doubt about it.”
Valley City (6-3) at Grafton (9-1)
When: 2 p.m. Saturday
What you need to know: Grafton is ranked No. 2 in Class 2A and are defending state champions. … Valley City is making its second trip to the 2A semifinals in three years. … The Spoilers held Carrington to 102 yards of total offense in their 44-6 quarterfinal win. … Senior quarterback Christian Lunde is coming off a solid game against the Cardinals in which he rushed for 98 yards and two TDs and was 4 of 4 passing for 57 yards and two TDs. … Anthony Olstad and Shane Undem of Valley City are averaging more than 90 rushing yards per game. Olstad (92.6 ypg) and Undem (90.1 ypg) have combined to score 14 rushing touchdowns this fall.
Coach’s comments: “I think it is going to come down to the line of scrimmage and who controls it,” Valley City head coach Scott Roehrich said. “Turnovers are always a big thing, and for us we have to make sure we can tackle their quarterback (Christian Lunde). He is a tough runner and tough guy to bring down in the open field.”
– Compiled by Tom Mix