Gorneau paces Knights to 36-22 win in opener

Ray Maloney, Sports

PETERSBURG, N.D. — Braydon Gourneau ran for three touchdowns and passed for two more as Dakota Prairie opened the 2010 season with a 36-22 win over Finley-Sharon-Hope-Page Tuesday.

Gourneau scampered for a 28-yard score in the first quarter as the Knights opened a 6-0 lead in the first quarter. It was a lead Dakota Prairie would never relinquish.

Gourneau added a one-yard plunge in the second quarter as the Knights extended their advantage to 12-0. F-S-H-P pulled to within 12-6 later in the period when Jalen Hashbarger tossed a scoring pass to Austin Bring to pull the Spartans to within 12-6 at the intermission.

The second half belonged to Gourneau and the Knights.  Gourneau tossed his first scoring pass of the season to Scott Rorvig from five yards out early in the period and connected with Colton Anderson for the conversion to put the Knights in front 18-6.

The Spartans pulled closer when Hashbarger ran in from three yards out and connected with Bring for the conversion to make the score 20-14 heading into the final 12 minutes of play.

That was when Gorneau and the Knights virtually put the game out of reach.

Dakota Prairie capitalized on an eight-yard scoring pass from Gourneau to Dylan Gillett early in the fourth quarter. That tandem hooked up again for the conversion to put the Knights in front 26-14.

That was more than enough.

Gourneau added a short three-yard TD late in the game and added the conversion to put the game out of reach.

Jake Ihry got loose for a 26-yard burst and Hashbarger added the conversion to make it 28-22.

That was as close as the Spartans would get the rest of the way.

Dakota Praire (1-0) will play at Midway-Minto on Friday.