Mobridge (AP): It was a chilly night in Mobridge on Saturday and it took a while for North Central South Dakota Polytechnic Institute (Norcentral) to warm up. But, by the 4th quarter things warmed up enough for the Freaking Plovers to stroll in with a 41-14 win over the Florida State Seminoles.
Things started badly for the Mobridge Maulers. On the first scrimmage of the day, QB John Flowers was hit hard and fumbled, setting up the Seminoles at the Plover 17. Three plays later they took the lead.
It was a tight game for 3 quarters with the score tied at half time and the Plovers with a 1 score lead as the game entered the 4th quarter.
Then Plover Magic happened. Norcentral dominated the rest of the way with 20 unanswered points.
But not without controversy: ESPN color analyst, Kirk Herbstriet had some unkind words when reserve RB Gary Wood scored as time expired. That score was set up by a Seminole fumble at their 31 yard line.
According to a source that is not authorized to speak on the record, Flowers completed 6 of 10 passes for 165 yards and 2 TD. His favorite target was WR Kyle Powell with 3 catches for 88 yards. WR Gavin Williams caught 2 passes for 71 yards, both for touchdowns. Flowers was sacked 6 times, losing 42 yards.
RB Seth Johnson rushed for 209 yards and 2 TD on 22 carries.
Norcentral’s Head Football Coach and Chancellor (for life), Gomer S. Blake spoke at his post-game press conference.
“That was a hard fought game! Let’s win!”, he bellowed. “We had a lot of problems early; those sacks can really clamp your style. Our line needs to do better at protecting Flowers. Let’s win!”
Herbstreit had accused the Plovers of running up the score for status in the polls. Blake responded, “Who in heavens gate is this Kirkstreet guy. Never heard of him. Let’s win! Anyway, I had offensive reserves in the game. These young gentlemen want to play too. Am I supposed to tell them to play deaf and just take a hike? Let’s win!”
The Plovers have an open date next week and October 24 they begin a 3 game road trip at LSU.
|How They Scored:|
|1st Quarter||4:05 TD FSU: J. Davis 3 yd pass from T. Clement (P. Slaughter kick)|
|3:35 TD Plovers: G Williams 60 yd pass from J. Flowers (W. Miller kick)|
|0:00 TD FSU: J. Davis 18 yd pass from T. Clement (P. Slaughter kick)|
|2nd Quarter||3:31 TD Plovers: S. Johnson 10 yd run (W. Miller kick)|
|3rd Quarter||2:55 TD Plovers: G Williams 11 yd pass from J. Flowers (W. Miller kick)|
|4th Quarter||3:08 TD Plovers : S. Johnson 4 yd run (W. Miller kick)|
|1:54 TD Plovers: C. Browning 2 yd run (W. Miller kick)|
|0:00 TD Plovers: G. Wood 1 yd run (No kick)|
|3-9||3rd Down Conv||1-4|
|1-3||4th Down Conv||2-2|