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Madalyn Laske, Published November 02 2013

Milnor-North Sargent pulls away in fourth quarter of ND Class 1A quarterfinal game

GWINNER, N.D. – The Milnor-North Sargent and North Prairie football teams mirrored each other for three quarters on Saturday.

However, with the game tied heading into the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs pulled away to claim a 33-14 victory over the Cougars in the North Dakota Class 1A state quarterfinals.

Milnor-North Sargent closed with 19 unanswered points.

“It’s an adrenaline rush,” said Bulldogs senior Wyatt Mund. “We came out in that fourth quarter and just kept scoring and scoring. Hopefully we can take that to the next game.”

Mund finished the game with two touchdowns, with one through the air on a

59-yard pass from quarterback Briton Bussman. The other was a 66-yard fumble recovery after he sacked and stripped the ball from North Prairie quarterback Trevor Gottbreht.

“He’s a stud, he makes plays. Sometimes he makes us shake our heads because of the plays made,” said Milnor-North Sargent head coach Eric Olson. “I’m glad Wyatt is on my team.”

The 6-foot-4 Mund was supported by fellow senior Andrew Martinson, who had 73 yards rushing. A big chunk of his total came on a 40-yard game-changing touchdown run for the Bulldogs.

“Andrew Martinson’s big run that put us up … in the fourth quarter (changed the game),” said Olson. “That gave our guys enthusiasm, and then we turned it up defensively after that.”

The Bulldogs defense struggled to stop running back Sean Soukup, who finished with two touchdowns for the Cougars.

Soukup scored the first touchdown of the game on an 86-yard screen pass from Gottbreht.

“My big linemen are a huge factor,” Soukup said. “They push guys around.”

Soukup scored his second touchdown in the third quarter with the help of the Cougars linemen on a 6-yard run.

“We just had to grind it out,” said Olson. “We knew that they were going to be very good running the ball on the ground, so defensively we needed to stop the run.”

The Cougars strung together several run-dominated series but failed to capitalize.

“We won the game for them. We picked it up a little bit, but I guess we fell short,” said Soukup.

Turnovers and penalties were a component of concern for both teams but Milnor-North Sargent delivered a dominating performance when it needed it most.

“We had to battle that fourth quarter. Our kids find a way to win all of the time,” said Olson. “They pulled through in the fourth quarter and refused to quit.”

Milnor-North Sargent hosts No. 4 Linton-Hazelton-Moffit-Braddock (8-2) on Saturday.

“It’s going to be a battle,” Olson said. “Last game (against Linton-HMB) we won, but it pretty much came down to the last possession. It’s going to be a dog fight. We’re just glad we are playing one more week.”

M-NS 8 0 6 19–33

NP 8 0 6 0–14

NP–Gottbreht 86 pass to Soukup (Gottbreht to McCloud)

MNS–Bussman 59 pass to Mund (Martinson run)

MNS–Mund 66 fumble recovery (run failed)

NP–Soukup 6 run (pass failed)

MNS–Morlock 34 run (run failed)

MNS–Martinson 40 run (run failed)

MNS–Noonan 50 interception (Correa kick)

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING: NP, Gailfus 8-35, Daniel 3-13, Schoening 3-39. MNS, Martinson 11-73. Morlock 6-53, Hanson 1-5, Yagow 3-15, Mund 1-60, Noonan 1-50.

PASSING: NP, Gottbreht 9-18-2 152. MNS, Martinson 9-18-0 103.

RECEIVING: NP, Soukup 1-86, Schoening 1-8, Daniel 2-16, Julson 3-45, Gailfus 1-9. MNS, Mund 3-72, Peterson 2-12, Hanson 1-1, Martinson 3-24.


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