The Lewis & Clark-Our Redeemer's football team made great strides under new coach George Duenas last season, but the Bombers are still looking for a top-tier victory.
They have that chance once again at 7 tonight when they play at Class A Region 3 opponent Velva.
L&C-ORCS (2-3 overall, 2-2 region) comes off a 49-0 loss to Stanley-Powers Lake while Velva (2-3, 2-2) routed New Town 42-8.
Adam Lawson/MDN • Lewis & Clark-Our Redeemer’s senior quarterback Christian Olson and the Bombers are looking for the program’s first victory against Velva in tonight.
The Bombers have yet to beat Velva in three tries, having been outscored by a combined 107-7. L&C-ORCS has not scored against the Aggies since 2009.
"This game is huge," Velva junior running back Michael Thingstad said. "It's make-it or break-it time. This is the start of the playoffs for us right now. We have to win out."
Being on both sides of a blowout is nothing new to the Bombers. Last season, L&C-ORCS played in only one game that was decided by single digits. This year has been a different story as two games have been decided by less than 10 points. The Bombers nearly had a signature victory against Watford City, but struggled offensively in a 6-0 loss.
The Bombers' offense has been unpredictable in recent years. In 2011, L&C-ORCS put up 62 points against New Town, but managed only 18 this season. The offense recorded 37 points against Watford City only to be shut out this year.
L&C-ORCS has found success at times with the option-style offense between senior running back Dalton Njos and senior quarterback Christian Olson. The pair combined for 214 yards in a 23-14 victory against Williams County.
If the Bombers earn their first victory over Velva, it may be due to their run defense. The Aggies have two solid running backs in senior Taylor Barstad and Thingstad.
"Offensively, you just gotta get yards and hope that the offensive line brings their 'A' game and opens up holes," Thingstad said. "Defensively, you just gotta think smart and don't get beat by the pass. We have to play good all around."
Both teams enter tonight's game in a three-way tie with Williams County for the region's third playoff spot. Both the Bombers and Aggies defeated the Firestorm earlier this season.