Tom Mix, Published November 01 2013
Bismarck Century tops Fargo Davies in 3A football quarterfinals
The end result was the only thing both games had in common as Friday’s contest went down to the wire – a stark contrast from the lopsided affair in Week 1.
Century hung on for a
31-28 win over the Eagles during the North Dakota Class 3A quarterfinals at Fargo Davies High School. The difference was a
42-yard field goal by Century senior kicker Dominic Neameyer with 8 minutes, 56 seconds left to play.
“Coming into the game I thought one of the advantages we had was special teams,” Century head coach Ron Wingenbach said. “I can’t say enough about Dominic Neameyer. He has kicked four or five big ones for us and he got another one (Friday).”
Century (7-2) advances to play No. 1-ranked Bismarck in the semifinals on Friday.
The game was tied 28-28 heading into the fourth quarter and the No.
3-ranked Patriots were without their sophomore starting quarterback Dalton Feeney, who left the game early in the second half with an arm injury.
Feeney never returned and as a result Century had difficulties advancing the ball, but benefited greatly by favorable field position in the final 12 minutes.
After its first four possessions of the second half ended in punts, Century started its fifth drive on Davies’ 24-yard line with 9:39 left to play. Century failed to pick up a first down, but sent Neameyer out for a chance to boot one through the uprights.
“You have to tell yourself it is just another kick,” Neameyer said. “You can’t let the nerves get to you in that situation.”
Fifth-ranked Davies rallied from a 28-7 deficit and trailed Century 28-21 at halftime.
Junior quarterback Aidan Hartness rushed for a 31-yard touchdown to tie the game with 48 seconds left in the third quarter.
“The kids played with a lot of heart and kept battling the entire game,” Davies head coach Jason Thielges said. “Our defense played well in the second half, the guys kept trying to find a way to win the game. They never quit.”
Davies (6-4) was playing in its first playoff game since 2011 and its first-ever at home. After opening the year with losses to Century and Minot, the Eagles won six of their last seven games in the regular season.
“Davies has progressed since the last time we played them,” said Wingenbach referencing the Patriots’ 46-7 win against Davies on Aug. 30. “We knew we were going to see a much closer ball game this time around.”
Hartness finished 4 of 17 passing for 170 yards, which all went to his twin brother Tristan Hartness. The pair connected on touchdown passes of 77 and 79 yards in the first half.
“(Century) had a great punt that pinned us back deep,” Thielges said. “We struggled to get drives going. Penalties wiped out a few plays for us late in the game. They were able to get some good field position in the fourth quarter and they have a great kicker who was able to hit a field goal.”
Century 7 21 0 3 – 31
Davies 7 14 7 0 – 28
C–Jochim 37 pass from Feeney (Neameyer kick)
D–T. Hartness 77 pass from A. Hartness (Boe kick)
C–Feeney 1 run (Neameyer kick)
C–Rudolph 11 pass from Feeney (Neameyer kick)
C– Feeney 14 run (Neameyer kick)
D–T. Hartness 79 pass from A. Hartness (Boe kick)
D–Wagner 20 fumble return (Boe kick)
D–A. Hartness 31 run (Boe kick)
C–Neameyer 42 field goal
RUSHING: C, Babeck 17-61, Sweep 5-25, Feeney 7-19, Romfo 4-12, Flicek 2-13, Miller 1-1, Kraft 3-6. D, A. Hartness 17-60, Hughes 3-14, Groth 2-13, Hjelseth 3-3, Melby 4-9, Jochim 1-2.
PASSING: C, Feeney 7-10-1–107, Kraft 1-7-0–5. D, A. Hartness 4-17-1–170.
RECEIVING: C, Jochim 5-98, Miller 1-7, Rudolph 1-11, Sweep 1-(-4). D, T. Hartness 4-170.
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