Correction: The original version of this story incorrectly listed the Plovers’ 4th down conversions as 4-5. The correct statement is 1-1. The Mobridge Star- Post It Note regrets the error, but we will get over it.
Mobridge (UPI): It was a wet and dreary evening in Mobridge but the seventh ranked Arizona Wildcats had a dream, a dream of knocking off the top ranked North Central South Dakota Polytechnic Institute (Norcentral) Freaking Plovers. The dream turned nightmare as the Wildcats fell to the Plovers 35-7 on John Reid Field at Cold War Memorial Stadium.
Even though the Plovers got off to a sluggish start, the end result was never in doubt. Norcentral took the opening kickoff and was effectively driving the ball on the ground until they reached the Wildcat 43-yard line. On second down and 2, quarterback J. P. Richardson took a shot downfield. The pass intended for Brandon Moyer was short and intercepted by Arizona cornerback Jamaal Smith at the12 yard line.
The Plover defense held Arizona to a 3 and out and after the punt they set up shop at their own 36. Two plays later Richardson connected with Moyer for a 58 yard touchdown pass.
The second half was all Norcentral’s with the plovers scoring 3 times to polish off the game.
The Plover “Bend but don’t Break Defense” was stout except in the waning minutes of the first half. The Wildcats assembled their only solid drive of the evening, capped by Al Morton’s to Joaquin Smith 8 yard TD pass.
Norcentral’s Head Football Coach and Chancellor (for life) had only one comment after the game. “We coughed up an interception and skanked an extra point!”, he bellowed. That’s completely unaccessable, let’s win!”
Next week, the Plovers hit the road for a skirmish with the unranked Arkansas Razorbacks.
|How They Scored:|
|1st Quarter||2:27 TD Plovers: B. Moyer 58 yd pass from J. Richardson (B. Todd kick)|
|0:24 TD Wildcats: J. Smith 7 yd pass from A. Morton (J. Smith kick)|
|2nd Quarter||1:03 TD Plovers: B. Ford 8 yd pass from J. Richardson (B. Todd kick)|
|3rd Quarter||1:39 TD Plovers: J. May 1 yd run (kick failed)|
|4th Quarter||4:54 TD Plovers: B. Moyer 43 yd pass from J. Richardson (2 pt)|
|0:35 TD Plovers: L. Cook 2 yd run (B. Todd kick)|
|4-10||3rd Down Conv||4-5|
|0-1||4th Down Conv||1-1|