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Eric Peterson, Published September 27 2013

Shanley tallies 250 rushing yards in win over Kindred

KINDRED, N.D. – Fargo Shanley spread the rushing wealth Friday night, and Deacons head coach Rod Oksendahl is fine with that.

Danny Stasch and Tre Fort each rushed for two touchdowns to spark No. 3-ranked Shanley to a 42-6 victory against Kindred in North Dakota Class 2A, East Region football at Jerlow Field.

“It’s good, especially with Danny and Tre because we’ve been able to alternate those two guys,” Oksendahl said. “We’re not burning the treads off them and I think that’s important.”

Shanley (4-1, 3-0 region) finished with 250 rushing yards on 41 attempts. Four different Deacons scored rushing touchdowns.

“I know Danny last year he was by far our leading rusher and I think at the end of the year, he was a little tired, a little worn out,” Oksendahl said.

Stasch, a 5-foot-11, 160-pound junior, got his yards against the Vikings with a game-high 132 rushing yards on 16 attempts. Fort, a 5-8, 156-pound junior, proved a nice complement, adding 85 yards on 12 attempts. Peter Simon, a

5-9, 165-pound senior, chipped in 48 yards and a touchdown on five attempts.

“I’ve got to give all the credit to the line, though,” said Fort, who scored both his touchdowns in the third quarter.

The Deacons scored on their first four drives to build a 22-point halftime lead. Simon scored on a 6-yard touchdown run with 1 minute, 31 seconds to play in the second quarter to give the Deacons a 28-6 lead. That scoring run capped an 80-yard drive that lasted 11 plays. Simon started that march with a 30-yard run.

“They don’t throw a lot of things at you, but what they do they do it well,” Kindred head coach Cody Kittelson said of Shanley. “They block really well up front even with having a lot of new linemen. They still do a very good job on their assignments. … They ran it down our throats today.”

Oksendahl said the ball control was by design in an effort to keep Kindred senior quarterback Eric Bachmeier off the field. Bachmeier scored his team’s lone touchdown with a 65-yard scoring run with 6:10 to play in the first quarter. Shanley led 7-6 at that point, but the Deacons countered with the game’s final 35 points.

Bachmeier finished with 105 rushing yards on 13 attempts.

“Team defense-wise, I think we did a good job,” Oksendal said of containing Bachmeier. “He is so explosive. The angle of pursuit is so important against him. I have a lot of respect for the kid. He’s a gamer.”

Shanley has a key matchup next weekend. The Deacons host No. 4-ranked Wahpeton at 7 p.m. Friday.

“We need to win this game to move forward to next week,” Fort said. “Wahpeton is going to be a tough team. It’s going to be fun.”

Shanley 14 14 14 0–42

Kindred 6 0 0 0– 6

SH-Stasch 10 run (Strom kick)

K-Bachmeier 65 run (kick blocked)

SH-Berg 1 run (Strom kick)

SH-Stasch 4 run (Strom kick)

SH-Simon 6 run (Strom kick)

SH-Fort 5 run (Strom kick)

SH-Fort 34 run (Strom kick)


RUSHING: SH, Stasch 16-132, Fort 12-85, Simon 5-48, Berg 3-10, Klieman 1-(-1), Conner 1-(-3), Montplaisir 2-(-10), Team 2-(-12). KHS, Bachmeier 13-105, Tallakson 5-30, Andel 5-14, Zink 1-8, Moffet 1-0, Cossette 1-(-1), Team 1-(-13).

PASSING: SH, Montplaisir 9-12-0 85 yards. KHS, Bachmeier 2-6-1 13, Andel 3-7-0 46.

RECEIVING: SH, McGovern 3-38, Fort 2-25, Burd 1-17, Stasch 1-6, Simon 2-(-1). KHS, Anders 1-30, Zink 1-14, Staton 1-10, Andel 1-3, Freitag 1-2.

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