Magicians triumph on Homecoming

Adam Papin/MDN Minot High’s quarterback Lucas Beeter passes the ball to Griffin Broderick in the second quarter of the Magicians’ win over Fargo Davies during Minot’s homecoming game Friday night.

Another week, another shutout victory for the Minot High Magicians. This time, they blanked the Fargo Davies Eagles, 26-0, in front of a raucous Homecoming crowd.

“For us, it’s homecoming week, but we need to keep fighting. Next week is going to be even a tougher challenge,” said Minot High wide receiver Luke Conklin, who scored the final touchdown. “We need to come ready to play again and just give everything we got.”

Minot High got on the board first when running back Tyson Ruzicka broke through for a 23-yard run to make it 7-0. Grayson Broderick added another touchdown to make it 14-0 in the second quarter, after he ran it 28-yard run. After a Fargo Davies turnover gave them the ball back with less than a minute left in the half, Minot made it back to the endzone multiple times only to have them called back on holding penalties, and the Magi had to settle for 14-0 halftime lead.

The Magi extended their lead in the third quarter when Lucas Beeter connected with tight end Heston Faul on a 52-yard score. Minot failed to convert the two-point conversion and led 20-0.

Minot closed with ten minutes left in the fourth, when Luke Conklin to grab a pass from Beeter over the defender and extended to cross the goal line. A failed two-point conversion left the score 26-0, where it would end.

“It was a gritty, gritty game, and I’m just really proud of our team and how they handled the adversity within the game,” said Minot High head coach Chauncey Hendershot, who despite four shutouts by his defense, still sees room for improvement.

“There’s a lot to clean up. I think we left some points out there, and there were some procedure penalties and procedural things we need to take care of. But we’re excited to get back to work on Monday,” said Hendershot.

Minot High moves to 5-0 on the year and will travel to West Fargo Sheyenne next Friday. The Mustangs are ranked No. 3 in the latest Class AAA media poll, with their only loss on the year to defending Class AAA champion Fargo Shanley.

“There’s going to be no easy games from here on out,” said Hendershot. “We just have to live in the moment and take advantage of the plays when we’re there and get it done. They did tonight, and I’m really proud of our team.


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