Raiders wrap up region title with 56-14 win

Ray Maloney, Sports
Lakota-Adams-Edmore linebacker Logan Erickson and defensive lineman Kris Schroeder (63), along with the rest of the Raider defense await the snap from center during Thursday’s game against Four Winds. L-A-E won the game 56-14 to end the regular season and will take a No. 5 state ranking into the state playoffs which begin next week.

LAKOTA, N.D. — It took little time for Lakota-Adams-Edmore to take command on the way to posting a 56-14 win on Thursday over a young Four Winds team trying to find an identity.

The win gives the Raiders an 8-1 overall record and a first-round bye in the state playoffs, which begin next week.

“Our guys come out and played aggressively from the start,” said coach Joe Harder, whose team secured the Region 3 title with the win over the Indians.

Aggressively, for sure. Frugal, certainly.

After taking the opening kickoff, the Raiders marched down the field before quarterback Seth Kuchar went in from one yard out for the first points of the game. Tate Aronson ran in for the conversion to put the Raiders in front 8-0 with just 1:35 gone in the contest.

Tanner Hilliard added a one-yard scoring run of his own just over two minutes later and when Jordan Kuchar ran in for the conversion, L-A-E found itself in front 16-0.

Seth Kuchar picked off a Four Winds pass on the next possesion and returned it 34 yards for a score. He also ran in for the conversion for a 24-0 advantage at the 6:51 mark of the opening period.

A dazzling run by Aronson all but ended any hopes Four Winds might have had for an upset on the night.

Aronson took a pitch and appeared to be bottled up along the left sideline. He managed to avoid being brought down and cut back across the field and outran the defense for a 50-yard TD run and the Raiders were in front 30-0 at 4:42 of the first period.

L-A-E extended its lead to 56-0 before Four Winds scored near the end of the first half to avoid the shutout.