BISMARCK, N.D. - The top two teams in the state will play for the championship in the Dakota Bowl. If you believe in the rankings, the top two teams in 9-Man will meet on Saturday at Miller Field.
Shiloh Christian is hosting Thompson, and the Skyhawks are looking forward to the challenge.
"Always playing the number one team is obviously going to be a good game if you're the number two team, so they're really good. They have a big line, and they're the number one team in the state for a reason, but it's going to be a really good game on Saturday," says Cody Griess, Skyhawks senior.
"They're great up front. They get off the ball well. They block well to the whistle. They're great at double teaming, and they get to the linebackers really well, and they create a lot of space for their running backs, so tall task for us defensively this week," says Shiloh Christian Head Coach Funnon Barker.
The Skyhawks outscored Wyndmere-Lidgerwood 46-41, and then they held Hankinson to just eight points in a 12-8 victory to get to the semi-finals.
"We've really been solid defensively. That first game out they put up a lot of points in the first quarter on us, but since then our guys have played well and really limited big plays. And offensively, we've done just enough to get through here, so we need to clean that up for this week, but defensively we've been happy. And also what we've done special teams-wise," says Barker.
The other 9-Man semi-final is in New Salem on Saturday. The Holsteins are hosting North Prairie. Both games are scheduled for 2 p.m. Central Time.
In Class-A, the games will be played in Langdon and Des Lacs.
Ellendale-Edgeley-Kulm advanced last week by beating number-1 ranked Larimore 42-41. EEK plays Langdon Area-Munich at 2 p.m. Central Time. Minot Bishop Ryan heads to DL-B for a 1:30 p.m. Central Time start on Saturday.