Century ends Sheyenne's season
With quarterback Cade Feeney out a play and his team trailing by six, Bismarck Century backup Mason Peterson connected on a 44-yard pass to Skyler Riedinger, kick-starting a 17-0 surge that helped the Patriots end the Mustangs' season with a 31-20 win in the Class 3A state football semifinals.
With the Mustangs playing up, Riedinger got behind the secondary and Peterson dropped a perfect pass right two him at the Sheyenne 2-yard line.
"I thought they would run it on that," receiver and defensive back Caden Jastram said of the play. "But they surprised us deep and we paid for it."
Feeney, who threw for 105 yards and ran for 82, returned the following play, and Grant Anderson eventually gave the Patriots a 21-20 lead on a 2-yard touchdown run.
The Mustangs, who had scored on their three previous drives, then attempted trickery on the next possession with disastrous results, as Nathan Goldade was intercepted by Kaden Brennan on a halfback pass.
"We were really struggling running the ball on them," Mustang Coach Jeremy Newton said. "We were looking for every advantage we could get. It was a shot. We put it in our athlete's hands and hope for the best."
Instead, they got a turnover at their 37, which the Patriots turned into a 28-20 lead on a 7-yard pass from Feeney to Noah Skalsky on the last offensive play of the third quarter.
Senior quarterback Parker Sander, who threw 230 yards, ran for 21 and accounted for three touchdowns, tried take the offense down for a tying score, but was sacked on a 4th-and-9 play, giving Century great field position again, this time at the Sheyenne 34.
After picking up two first downs, the Patriots essentially iced the game on a 27-yard field goal by Austin Underhill with 3 minutes, 9 seconds to play.
Tyler Terhark had a game-high 93 receiving yards for the Mustangs, catching touchdown passes from 12 and 15 yards out. In his final game at Sheyenne, Sander had 74 yards on seven catches.
Though it was a banner year for the Mustangs, who went 9-2 and captured the Eastern Dakota Conference title for the first time, players weren't in the mood to celebrate moral victories after.
"It's tough," Sander said. "I haven't seen a team we've had that's been this united together. Some things didn't go our way. It sucks."
But with a strong group set to return on both sides of the ball next year, Newton said his seniors provided a good model to follow.
"They're a great bunch of kids," Newton said of his seniors. "They worked really hard to get where they are. They were really good leaders and I hope they showed the younger kids what it takes to be that level of player."BC 7 7 14 3-21WFS 0 14 6 0-20BC-Feeney 19 run (Underhill kick)
WFS-Sander 8 run (Goldade run)
BC-Mattern 30 pass from Feeney (Underhill kick)
WFS-Terhark 12 pass from Sander (Hoang kick)
WFS-Terhark 15 pass from Sander (kick failed)
BC-Anderson 2 run (Underhill kick)
BC-Skalsky 7 pass from Feeney (Underhill kick)
BC-Underhill 27 field goal