Dakota Bowl XXVI

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FARGO, N.D. - In the 9-Man Championship game between the Thompson Tommies and the New Salem-Almont-Glen Ullin Holsteins, the Tommies got the 42-28 win. Quarterback for the Holsteins, Evan Henke, passed 255 yards and 3 touchdowns. The Tommies had touchdown passes from three different players.

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Head Coach of the Holsteins, Steve Kleinjan, was named the Coach of the Year, while Holsteins quarterback, Evan Henke, was named the Senior Athlete of the Year.


In the Class-A Championship game between the Hillsboro-Central Valley Burros and the Langdon Area-Edmore-Munich Cardinals, the Cardinals defeated the Burros 20-18. Cardinals Simon Romfo passed for 211 yards and 2 touchdowns, while Jackson Delvo added 117 yards on the ground.

Head Coach of the Cardinals, Josh Krivarchka, was named the Coach of the Year, while Trinity’s Kaden Kuntz won the Senior Athlete of the Year.


In the AA Championship game between the St. Mary's Saints and the Fargo Shanley Deacons, the Deacons get the 28-21 win over the Saints. The Deacons gained 544 yards on 77 plays. Shanley’s Cade Busek ran for 2 touchdowns and Austin Manuel scored what turned out to be the game-winning touchdown early in the 4th quarter. Saints’ quarterback Drew Dosch had 166 yards passing and one touchdown. This is the Deacons first championship since 2012. St. Mary’s had won four of the last five championships. The Deacons will move to Class-AAA next year.

Valley City’s Scott Roehrich is the Coach of the Year, while Shanley’s Haley Bucholz was named the Senior Athlete of the Year.


The final game of the day was not decided until the final play of the game. Bismarck High beats its Capital-City rival 21-16 for the AAA Championship. The Patriots tried a reverse pass back to quarterback Cade Feeney on 4th and goal. The Demons forced the incompletion to secure the victory with no time on the clock. It's the first state title for Bismarck since 2012.

Mark Gibson of Bismarck was named the AAA Coach of the Year, while the Demons' Will Madler is the AAA Senior Athlete of the Year.