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r'Y ’. Ceptember' 27, 2021 The Star SPORTS - By Jason Nordmark Of The Star The St. John Woodchucks couldn’t find a rhythm Friday night in a 20-6 loss .to Region 4’s current top team, the Bottineau Braves. Untimely penalties and a quick Bottineau front line on both sides of the ball impeded most of the 'Woodchuck’s progress in the first half. The Braves established a sus- tained drive in the first quarter with help 9££hQ$e£§IJalti§s The Visitors pushed the ball deep into St. John territory before a fumble gave the ball back to the Wood- chucks. St. John went father back- wards than forwards and were forced to punt. A bull-rush by the Braves resulted in a blocked punt and Micale Costa fell on the ball in the end zone to give the Bot— tineau an early 6-0 lead. The Woodchucks continued to struggle on offense and didn’t record a first down until their first possession of the second quarter. Neither team made much progress for the bulk of the sec- ond quarter as the physicality of the game went up a couple of notches. St. John knocked out Bot- tineau’s starting quarterback with a big hit just as he released a pass. The signal caller was absent for one series and the Wood— chucks capitalized, forcing a three-and-out. That led to the Woodchuck’s first quality drive of the game after being pinned back against their own goal line. The Braves didn’t quite have the size of the home team, but they made up for it with that physical play. I Woodchucks f‘ (continued on Page 13) i St. ‘ St. John’s Zvier Parisie trisl’eu ottlneau’s Gabe Glser. Woodchucks strugg John’s yards against Bottineau Friday night. e against Braves ‘ l ? cuts back against the grain for positive TUrnOVers prove costly as Dunseith falls to Four Winds By John Rosinski Of The Star A week after playing arguably their best game of the year, the Dunseith football team came out on the 105mg end of a 52— 12 score against Four Winds. The Dragons came into the game only six days removed from a one score loss to St. John. Head Coach Wally DeCoteau said his team might have overlooked the Indians, who despite a slow start, came into the game playing better football. “We turned the ball over too many times and they have an athletic team and they made some big plays on us,” DeCoteau said. ” The Dragons turned the ball over on their first three drives. The first came on an interception and the next two were lost fumbles. Dunseith turned the foot— ball over three more times throughout the contest. The empty possessions gave the Indians an op- portunity to play with a short field multiple times and they cashed in by grabbing and then expanding an early lead. “We were reminded that you can’t overlook any- body,” DeCoteau commented. “We played a great game the week before but didn’t come ready to play. i “We were reminded ‘that you can’t overlOok anybody. We played a great game the week before but didn’t come ready to play. It’s something we can learn from, especially . our younger guys.” Wally DeCoteau, Dunseith head football coach It’s something we can learn’ from, especially our younger guys.” I The goodrnews for the Dragons was it was at least a non-region game. Dunseith will close out the regular season with a pair of region games at home. The first will come this Friday whey they host Bot- tineau. Dunseith’s last game will also be the school’s homecoming and it will come against Towner-Granville-Upham. .team on Fridayflamaway Nate Tastad (so) was back in actio riday m ftr a m 5 off due to injury d he madis pre? ence felt early in the game‘against Towner-Granville-Upham. Fellow sophomore, Carter Casavant (24) also had a big night for the Cougars. . v ' Bounce-back win Cougars pick up key win over Titans, WoodChucks up next By John Rosinski Of The Star The North Prairie Cougars fended off ,a. Towner-Granvi‘l with a 26-12 fin. The Titan ‘came into the game needing a win if they wanted an opportunity ‘to make the postseason touma— ment. The Cougars, meanwhile, came into theycontest follow— ing their. first loss of the year a week earlier. NP welcomed back lineman Nate Tastad, who missed the previous three games with a hand in— jury.,Like most teams this time of year, however, the Cougars were not at full strength. NP played without starting quarterback and de— fensive back Nicholas Mears, who did not play after suffer— ing an injury to his non~ throwing shoulder a week earlier. With Mears out of the lineup, the Cougars turned to freshman quarterback Jeffry Rosinski, who was tasked Cougars (Continued on Page 12) Blake Mattson-fights off a blocker to make progress toward the ball carrier during Friday night’s win over Towner-Granville-Upham. it A Dunseith volleyball player digs up a kill attempt during a Lady Dragon’s home game. “Dragons get a win oVer in-county rival St. John By John Rosinski Of The Star Dunseith and St; John met on the volleyball court last week with the hometown Dragons getting the better of their inter- county rivals. The Dragons swept through St. John with winning scores of25—16,25-19 and 25-18. v 1 Kylie Parisien scored four kills and four digs to pace St. John. ' Mia LaVallie recorded five assists and Aleigha Lenoir recorded three digs. ' , The Dragons opened the week with their first win of the year. Dunseith hosted and swept Newburg-Westhope in three games.- St. John closed out the week with a home tilt against Ben— son County. The Woodchucks never found their footing in a Dragons (Continued on Page 13)