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Steve Thomas / Bismarck Tribune, Published September 06 2013

Bismarck Century escapes with OT win against Fargo South

BISMARCK – When No. 2 faces No. 3, the crowd feels entitled to a Cracker Jack football game.

Well, theory merged with reality Friday night at a sultry Community Bowl as second-ranked Bismarck Century outlasted third-rated Fargo South 37-36 in overtime.

Century won the contest with the second possession of overtime. With the Patriots down 36-30, quarterback Dalton Feeney hit Landon Jochim with a 7-yard pass on second down. Dominic Neameyer’s extra-point kick gave the win to Century (2-0).

The winning throw came on the heels of a 3-yard run by Feeney on first down.

“They thought we would run the same play, but we caught them off-balance,” Feeney said. “I was watching Jochim, and he had an easy out (pattern). The protection I had on that play was huge.”

South jumped ahead on the first possession of the extra period, with quarterback Zach Kellen driving over the goal line from a yard out on third down. The Bruins went for a 2-point conversion, giving the ball to ace running back James Johannesson. Johannesson was stacked up by Cyril Nagurski and Tanner Krefting for no gain.

That was one of the few attempts that didn’t yield big yardage for Johannesson, a junior all-stater who ran for 276 yards on 39 carries.

South sent the game into overtime, marching 54 yards in 13 plays. On fourth-and-8, Bruins kicker Josh Weiler connected from 35 yards out to knot the game at 30-30.

In the early going, it appeared South would have its way. Johnnesson romped for 148 yards in the first half and caught a 33-yard touchdown pass.

With the speedy, acrobatic Johannesson doing much of the work, South opened a 21-7 lead. Johannesson ran for a score and caught a pass for a TD and Cole Staigle caught an 82-yard bomb from Kellen.

That barrage of points laid waste to Century’s first score, a 99-yard, 10-play drive climaxed by Feeney’s 6-yard scoring strike to Zach Sweep.

Century cut the deficit to 21-14 by halftime, with Sweep barging in from a yard out with 2:06 to play in the half.

The Patriots took the second-half kickoff and scored, marching 68 yards to paydirt. Feeney closed the drive with a 2-yard run with 7:31 left in the third period. Neameyer’s conversion kick was blocked and the Patriots trailed 21-20.

Feeney said bouncing back with two quick scores provided Century with a huge lift.

“That was very important. Hunter Babeck established the running game and that opened the (passing) lines for me,” Feeney said.

FS 14 7 6 3 6–36

BC 7 7 9 7 7–37

BC–Sweep 6 pass from Feeney (Neameyer kick)

FS–Staigle 82 pass from Kellen (Weiler kick)

FS–Johannesson 39 run (Weiler kick)

FS–Johannesson 33 pass from Kellen (Weiler kick)

BC–Sweep 1 run (Neameyer kick)

BC–Feeney 2 run (kick blocked)

BC–Neameyer 31 FG

FS–Johannesson 3 run (run failed)

BC–Rudolph 7 pass from Feeney (Neameyer kick)

FS–Weiler 35 FG

FS–Kellen 1 run (run failed)

BC–Jochim 7 pass from Feeney (Neameyer kick)


RUSHING: FS, Johannesson 39-276, Kellen 3-4, Brooks 1-2, Ryan 2-1, Quart 1-(minus-11). BC, Babeck 24-201, Feeney 20-74, Perrin 2-13, Romfo 3-12, Sweep 4-10.

PASSING: FS, Kellen 6-13-0 150 yards. BC, Feeney 7-14-1 107.

RECEIVING: FS, Staigle 2-86, Johannesson 2-29, Nyborg 2-26, Dubord 1-9. BC, Rudolph 3-75, Jochim 2-18, Romfo 1-8, Sweep 1-6.