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Tom Mix, Published September 13 2013

Shanley tops Enderlin-Maple Valley in Class 2A, East Region football

FARGO – Fargo Shanley’s offense wasn’t a prank Friday.

Earlier in the day, several unidentified students from Shanley moved desks from a classroom at the school across town to the infield at Jack Williams Stadium.

The desks were returned, and focus then shifted to Sid Cichy Stadium where the North Dakota Class 2A, No. 3-ranked Deacons hosted Enderlin-Maple Valley for their homecoming football game.

No more desks were moved, but the Deacons moved the ball up and down the field in a 54-6 Class 2A, East Region win over the Falcons.

Shanley (2-1, 1-0 East region) posted 405 yards (211 rushing, 194 passing) of total offense in the victory.

“We are not a one-dimensional team, and that is really important,” Shanley head coach Rod Oksendahl said. “Chase (Montplaisir) can throw the ball with anybody, and I think our running backs aren’t just good running backs, but they are also good receivers in the open field.”

Junior wide receiver Tre Fort caught four passes for 57 yards and also rushed five times for 62 yards including touchdowns of 20, 2 and 5 yards.

Junior running back Danny Stasch rushed five times for 30 yards and caught a 35-yard touchdown.

Montplaisir was 10 of 14 passing and finished with three touchdowns, connecting with junior tight end Kelvin Caga for touchdown passes of 34 and 40 yards.

“It makes my job a lot easier for sure,” Montplaisir said of Shanley’s versatile skill players.

Senior running back Peter Simon scored Shanley’s first touchdown on a 43-yard run and later intercepted a pass on defense.

Shanley scored on every possession in the first half except its first and last.

“We were confused offensively in that first series, but then we settled down,” Oksendahl said. “Our linemen played well again and took it to them on the line of scrimmage. It makes it pretty (easy) to be one of our running backs with the holes they were making.”

“Up front we are functioning at a high level,” Montplaisir added. “Everything is going smoothly execution-wise. Our skill players that we have are tough to stop. We are so balanced, and I think teams are going to have a hard time stopping our offense.”

Dacotah McGough rushed six times for 22 yards and scored on a 16-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter for the Falcons (2-1, 0-1).

Shanley held E-MV to 45 yards of offense in the first half and also was the recipient of two blocked punts from Nick Kjera and Caga.

E-MV 0 0 0 6– 6

Shanley 21 27 6 0–54

S–Simon 43 run (Strom kick)

S–Fort 20 run (Strom kick)

S–Caga 34 pass from Montplaisir (Strom kick)

S–Fort 2 run (Strom kick)

S–Stasch 35 pass from Montplaisir (kick failed)

S–Fort 5 run (Strom kick)

S–Caga 40 pass from Montplaisir (Strom kick)

S–Conner 10 run (kick failed)

EMV–McGough 16 run (run failed)


RUSHING: E-MV, McGough 6-22, Combs 6-3, Richman 10-35, Dixon 2-3, Berntson 5-6, Johnson 1-(-1). S, Stasch 5-30, Simon 2-43, Fort 5-62, Conner 4-57, Klieman 1-6, Dobbins 2-14, Hanson 1-1, Team 1-(-2).

PASSING: E-MV, Combs 9-18-1–86, Johnson 2-4-0–37. S, Montplaisir 10-14-0–194, Hanson 0-1-0-0.

RECEIVING: E-MV, Richman 3-40, Lindgren 3-38, Dixon 3-8, Gibson 1-13, Bartholomay 1-24. S, Caga 3-87, Fort 4-57, Berg 1-6, Burd 1-9, Stasch 1-35.

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