The Ogilvie Lions are the Section 5 nine-man champions. The team exerted their dominance from beginning to end in their 42-0 victory over South Ridge to advance to the state tournament.
The Lions defense set the tone early. South Ridge received the opening kickoff, and the Lions didn’t allow a yard forcing a three and out.
For the game South Ridge only gained 87 yards against the stiff Lions defense. In fact, they didn’t get a first down of the game until there was five minutes left in the second quarter.
Ogilvie struck quickly on their opening possession. On just their second play from scrimmage quarterback Colby Milbradt hit Andy Berg for a 50-yard touchdown. After the two-point conversion the Lions were up 8-0.
It was a stellar night individually for both Milbradt and Berg. Milbradt was six for 10 passing for 168 yards and two touchdowns. In the process he broke the school record for single season passing yards. Berg was the recipient of four of those completions for 134 yards and both touchdowns. In the process he set a school record for single season receiving yards.
The Lions had a balanced attack on offense. They got the running game going and rushed for 213 yards for the game. On their third possession Caleb Felde punctuated the drive with a 10-yard touchdown run. He carried the ball 17 times for 84 yards on the night. After the two-point conversion the Lions were up 16-0.
After forcing a turnover on downs, the Lions ended the half with another scoring drive. Milbradt hit Berg on a key third down conversion to keep the drive going. Milbradt ended the drive with a quarterback sneak for a touchdown. After the two-point conversion the Lions had a 24-0 lead at halftime.
It took the Lions offense a little time to get going in the second half. After the defense forced another turnover on downs the offense was able to take advantage. Milbradt hit Berg for their second scoring connection, this time for 38 yards.
After the two-point conversion failed the Lions had an insurmountable 30-0 lead.
The next possession for South Ridge ended in disaster for them. A bad snap went over the quarterback’s head. The Lions defense pounced on the ball setting the offense up at the 14-yard line. Hunter Kenyon scored a touchdown from nine yards out and the Lions were up 36-0. Kenyon carried the ball two times for 20 yards, both carries were touchdowns.
On the Lion’s last drive Caiden Nyquist had some nice carries as he rushed for 39 yards for the night. Brody Milbradt also had a nice game getting 12 carries for 48 yards. Hunter Kenyon finished the last drive with an 11-yard touchdown making the final score 42-0.
On his team’s performance, head coach Dave Halvorson said, “We had a very complete game and did not make very many mistakes which makes for a winning combination. We played well as a team and had some great individual performances which has been going on all season. Some younger players came in and played well also.”
The last time the Lions were in the state football playoffs was 1992. The other years they were participants were 1987, 1989 and 1990. Gene Stritesky was the head coach for those four appearances. Ogilvie was in class A those years, so this is their first nine-man state appearance.
Ogilvie will be playing at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 12 , versus Kittson County Central. The game will be played at Moorhead High School. Kittson County Central will enter the game with a 9-2 record. They won the Section 8 championship by defeating Badger/Greenbush/Middle River 50-19.
On their upcoming opponent Coach Halvorson said, “We have some video on them. They have a really good team with some fine individual players. They seem to be a run first team so we will have to compete at a high level to be successful.”
The winner will advance to the state semi-finals at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 18, at U.S. Bank Stadium.