Tom Mix, Published October 31 2013
Raftevold twins hope to add to family's Fargo South legacy
The twin brothers start on defense for the Bruins and have combined for five interceptions this fall. Dallas, who is nine minutes older than Dylan, patrols the secondary at safety. Dylan starts at outside linebacker.
“It is special knowing Dallas is out there with me,” Dylan said. “It is cool to have a brother out there, especially when we are playing well together. Having that competition out there is fun.”
The No. 4-ranked Bruins (6-3) host Jamestown (6-3) at 7 p.m. today in a North Dakota Class 3A state quarterfinals playoff game.
The Raftevold brothers come from a football family. Their father, Tim, and older brother Austyn, now a sophomore linebacker at Concordia, both played and won state championships at South.
“Growing up we were on the same F-M athletics team with our dad coaching us,” Dallas said. “He always liked us playing together, and this year he got to see that.”
Dallas won the regular-season “Raftevold brother interceptions contest” hauling in three against Dylan’s two. Dallas also led the Bruins in tackles with 38.
Both Dallas and Dylan agreed the brotherly competition is always done for the greater good.
“Interceptions are a big deal on defense so we have a competition for that as well as in the weight room,” Dallas said. “We try to outdo each other in there and try to make each other better.”
Deacons have advantage at Sid Cichy Stadium
By earning the Class 2A East Region No. 1 seed, Fargo Shanley guaranteed its quarterfinal and a possible semifinal games would be played at Sid Cichy Stadium.
The Deacons (8-1) own a 7-0 record in the playoffs at their home stadium, which opened in 2009 and is named after the longtime Shanley football coach who won 16 state championships at the school.
“We have put together a cool atmosphere there with the fans and the field,” Shanley senior quarterback Chase Montplaisir said. “We are used to playing in that atmosphere, and I feel that anytime we play at home, we have an advantage.”
The last time Shanley lost at home was Aug. 24, 2012 against Fargo Davies.
Saturday, the Deacons host West Region, No. 4-seeded Watford City (6-3). Kickoff is set for 4 p.m.
Oakes eager to meet Linton-HMB again
The Oakes Tornadoes advanced to the Class A quarterfinals for the first time since 2011 after securing a 33-7 opening-round win over Park River-Fordville-Lankin.
The Tornadoes’ quarterfinals opponent Saturday is a familiar foe from Region 1, the Lions of Linton-HMB. Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m. in Oakes.
“We are two good football teams,” Oakes head coach Greg Dobitz said. “We know we are going to have to come ready to play our best football against Linton-HMB.”
Oakes (7-2) lost its regular-season meeting with the Lions 8-7 on Sept. 13. Both teams scored touchdowns in the first quarter, but no drives resulted in points after that.
Dobitz said mental errors and penalties stalled drives for the Tornadoes during that game.
The Tornadoes feature an effective passing game led by junior quarterback Bryce Meehl.
“Bryce makes us go,” Dobitz said. “He is a great player who makes good decisions.”
Meehl’s top two targets are senior all-state wide receiver Cole Erhlin and sophomore Ethan Zetocha.
F-S-H-P hits the road to play Napoleon-G-S
In one year, Finley-Sharon-Hope-Page has gone from a 2-6 team to an 8-1 squad preparing for a
9-man quarterfinals game.
The No. 4-ranked Spartans travel to play Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter at 2 p.m. Saturday.
F-S-H-P co-head coach Kevin Nesemeier said the Spartans will have to be on the top of their game defensively to challenge the Imperials.
The Imperials offense is powered by senior quarterback Trent Fettig, who rushed for two touchdowns in the N-G-S 14-6 first-round win against Thompson.
“We have to stop their quarterback,” Nesemeier said “We can’t let him control the game.”
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