Bearcats gearing up for opening round of state 9-man playoffs
By Harry Lipsiea
On Saturday, the North Star football team is taking a two-and-a-half hour roadtrip to LaMoure. Knocking off the top-seeded squad in Region 1 in the state 9-man playoffs would make the trip worth it and more.
The fourth team in Region 2 takes on the powerful Loboes of LaMoure-L-M at 1:30 p.m. While the Bearcats come into the matchup as an underdog by seed, the team has shown it can play with the best teams in the state.
After all, North Star is coming off of a 27-24 victory over Region’s second-seeded team Hatton-Northwood.
The Bearcats are led by an offense that can put up points in a hurry. Their offense is powered by a high-flying passing attack.
Sophomore quarterback Jayden Komrosky has had a standout season throwing for 1,824 yards on 119-of-171 passing for 23 touchdowns.
His favorite targets are a pair of 6-foot-6 seniors. Alex Weston had hauled in a team-high 55 catches for 892 yards and 12 touchdowns. Teammate Christian Kvilvang had caught 33 catches for 506 yards and eight touchdowns. Devin Dugdale and Johnny Heisler are also targets bringing in 186 and 169 yards in receiving, respectively.
The team also features a balanced rushing attack. Riley Thomas leads the way with 280 yards and four touchdowns. Komrosky has added 274 yards and six touchdowns. Heisler has rushed for 185 yards while Riley Lagasse had added 166 yards on the ground.
Dugdale and Heisler are the leading tacklers with 52 and 50 stops, respectively.
North Star will have a challenge stopping the powerful Loboes. The best way to describe the LaMoure-L-M offense is balanced. Running behind All-State lineman Quinn Alo, Anthony Olson leads the way on the ground. Parker Stamen gives the Loboes an experienced hand at quarterback.