Homecoming provides opportunities for area teams

Adam Papin/MDN South Prairie-Max’s Gabriel Spokely runs up field earlier in the season. The Royals are one of several area teams looking for their first win of the season tonight.

There’s a full slate of high school matchups over the weekend, highlighted by Fargo Davies at Minot High, and Stanley at Bishop Ryan. Below are capsules for all the local matchups:

Fargo Davies (2-2) at Minot High (4-0), 7 p.m.

Another week, another shutout for Magicians football. Minot High’s 30-0 road win over Bismarck Century, coupled with Shanley’s drubbing of West Fargo Sheyenne, moved the Magi up to No. 2 in the latest NDAPSAA Class AAA media poll.

This week, its Homecoming at area schools, including Minot High as the Magi welcome the Fargo Davies Eagles to town. The Eagles have had mixed success so far this year, with wins against Mandan and West Fargo and losses to West Fargo Sheyenne and Bismarck. Both wins came at home and both losses were on the road.

The Eagles field a young and athletic roster that will give the Magi a lot of looks on both sides of the ball that they haven’t had to face before, according to Minot High head coach Chauncey Hendershot.

Nonetheless, the Magi will be hungry for a win in front of a large Homecoming crowd tonight.

Des Lacs-Burlington (3-2) at South Prairie-Max (0-5), 7 p.m.

The Lakers travel to South Prairie winners of their last two games, while the Royals are looking still looking for their first win of the season after being shut out by Velva last week. The Lakers have averaged 53 points a game in their wins on the year, while averaging just 13 in their pair of losses.

Since scoring 22 points in their opener, the Royals defense has sputtered a bit, scoring just four touchdowns in as many games. The schedule should lighten a bit after this game, with Nedrose, Stanley, and Kenmare still on the schedule.

Ray/Powers Lake (2-3) at Nedrose (0-4), 7 p.m.

It’s Homecoming at Nedrose this week, as they welcome Ray/Powers Lake to town in a Region 3 clash. Ray/Powers Lake is looking to rebound from a 42-0 loss to Bishop Ryan, while Nedrose will look to jump start their offense that has been held to a single score in three of their four losses on the year.

The Cardinals will have winnable games on their schedule with match ups against South Prairie and Kenmare-Bowbells on the horizon.

Velva (5-0) at

Kenmare (0-5), 7 p.m.

Kenmare scored its first points of the season last Friday when they traveled to Stanley; however, they still lost 54-12 to the Blue Jays. It won’t get any easier this week when the Honkers host the defending Class A state champions.

Velva has rolled all season long, scoring more than 40 points every game this season while stifling opponents’ offenses. Last week, they blanked South Prairie-Max 54-0 and this one might be even uglier.

Stanley (3-2) at Bishop Ryan

(3-2), Saturday, 12 p.m.

It’s a Saturday matinee at Herb Parker Stadium for the Stanley Blue Jays and the Bishop Ryan Lions, in what might be the high school game of the week.

Both teams come into the contest winners of three straight. Stanley picked up three straight Region 3 wins, knocking off Nedrose, Ray/Powers Lake and Kenmare-Bowbells. The Lions present a much more formidable challenge for the Blue Jays, and Stanley will return home knowing a lot more about their team.

This will also be another big test for Bishop Ryan. Since early season losses to heavyweights Langdon/Edmore/Munich and Dickinson Trinity, the schedule softened considerably. Nonetheless, the Lions picked up wins they were supposed to against Kenmare-Bowbells, South Prairie-Max and Ray/Powers Lake.

Both teams will use this game as a barometer, and the outcome will likely impact playoff seeding for both teams.


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