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Imperials Doubled Up On Parents’ Night
The defending State Class B 9-man champions, the Kidder County Wolves paid a visit to Napoleon last Fri., Sept. 11 when they faced the Napoleon/Gackle-Streeter Imperials on the gridiron. It was parents’ night for the Imperials. When the final buzzer sounded it was the state’s 2020 number one ranked Wolves who prevailed by doubling up the Imperials 26-52.
The Wolves of Kidder County struck pay dirt first as they managed to run a dozen plays on the ground after starting on their own 40-yard line. Junior full back Jacob Biegler crossed over from 8 yards out to put the Wolves on the board first. In this very first sequence the Imperial defense attempted to hold strong on two different occasions before KC came up big giving them a pair of huge first downs. KC senior quarterback Jonah Harter called his own number for the 2-point conversion as the Wolves held an 8-0 lead with 6:43 to play in the first quarter. The Wolves then attempted a bit of trickery as they attempted an onside kick which the Imperials recovered at the Wolves 44-yard line. Four plays later, and facing a fourth and two, Imperial head coach Kelly McCleary had junior quarterback Tucker Schneider scramble with his speed for a 35-yard TD. The Imperial 2-point conversion attempt through the air came up short as NGS trailed 6-8 with 4:50 to play in the first quarter.
The Wolves started on the 45-yardline on their next possession and ran out the first quarter, moving the ball to the 6-yard line. The 14-play drive which carried over into the second quarter was capped when Payton Cauthon crossed over from 4 yards out with 10:59 to play in the first half. Cauthon also carried for the 2-point conversion and a Kidder County 6-16 lead.
The Imperial offense was shut down on their next series after four plays as they turned the ball over on downs on the Imperial 35-yard line at the 10:36 mark. Two plays later QB Harter found Cauthon on a 25-yard passing route and Cauthon carried for the 2-point conversion as NGS trailed 6-24 with 10:10 to play in the second quarter.
Following the kickoff NGS started on their own 40-yard line. Six plays later the Wolves defense held strong as the Imperials turned the ball over on downs on the 38 -yard line. Once again the Wolves managed to move ball and capped the 4-play drive as Harter crossed over from 2-yards out and Jacob Biegler carried for the 2-point conversion and a 6-32 KC lead.
Hoping to get on the board the Imperials started . . .