Mobridge (AP): The 2020 college football season unfolded on the Great Plains Saturday night as the North Central South Dakota Polytechnic Institute (Norcentral) Freaking Plovers curbed the Georgia Bulldogs 42-14.
The Plovers seemed to be in total chaos as the game opened. All 14 fans in attendance at John Reid Field at Cold War Memorial Stadium were shocked when the Plovers won the opening coin toss and elected to defer. This was the first time in his tenure at Norcentral that Head Football Coach and Chancellor (for life) Gomer S. Blake took that option.
The Plovers’ squad that showed up for the first quarter looked like they had never played any organized sport, much less major college football.
William Miller’s kickoff was very, very, wide left; going out of bounds at the 18. This set up the Bulldogs at the 35. On their first play from scrimmage quarterback Matt Jackson scampered for 22 yards. Four plays later Georgia was on the scoreboard.
Norcentral’s first possession of the game was equally dreadful. On his first play as the Plover starter, QB John Flowers upchucked an interception, giving the ball back to Georgia at their own 40 yard line.
The Plover defense recovered their mojo, held the Bulldogs to a 3 and out, and the Mobridge Maulers set it on cruise control.
Flowers went on to throw 13 times, completing 8 for 254 yards and 3 touchdowns. Big Seth Johnson contributed 154 yards and another 3 scores on 17 carries.
Next week, number 3 Navy comes calling for a rematch of last year’s national championship game.
|How They Scored:|
|1st Quarter||3: 44 TD Georgia: E Lacey 9 yd pass from M. Jackson (S. Fowlkes kick)|
|0:21 TD Plovers: G Williams 46 yd pass from J. Flowers (W. Miller kick)|
|2nd Quarter||2:32 TD Plovers: G Williams 30 yd pass from J. Flowers (W. Miller kick)|
|0:08 TD Plovers: G Williams 31 yd pass from J. Flowers (2 pt)|
|3rd Quarter||3:06 TD Plovers: S. Johnson 8 yd run (W. Miller kick)|
|0:52 TD Plovers: S. Johnson 4 yd run (kick failed)|
|4th Quarter||4:42 TD Plovers: S. Johnson 8 yd run (W. Miller kick)|
|1: 09 TD Georgia: J. Cole 20 yd pass from J. Robinson (S. Fowlkes kick)|
|5-11||3rd Down Conv||1-2|
|1-1||4th Down Conv||1-1|