Posted 9/06/16 (Tue)
By Jody Michael
The Divide County football team scored seven touchdowns for the second consecutive week, but Kenmare-Burke County matched it and finished with three more two-point conversions for a 54-48 victory at Cal Andrist Field in Crosby.
In total, the two offenses combined for 1,033 yards.
“The fans sure got their money’s worth on Friday night,” Maroons defensive coach Nate Nelson said. “It was an exciting game, and we had a chance to win it with less than a minute to go. In the end, they just made a couple more plays than us.”
Quarterback Dejuan Jenkins accounted for a career-high 399 all-purpose yards and six touchdowns, but an attempted two-minute drill to take a late lead was unsuccessful despite the Maroons’ recovery of an onside kick.
Divide County faced a 20-point hole as late as midway through the fourth quarter after allowing the Honkers to score touchdowns on six consecutive possessions.
Jenkins’ 4-yard touchdown run in the first quarter opened the scoring. He and Aidan Eriksmoen respectively ran the Maroons to leads of 12-8 and 20-16 before a Honker touchdown and conversion 12 seconds before halftime.
Kenmare then shut out Divide County in the third quarter and added two more touchdowns for a 20-point margin. Jenkins ran in two touchdowns early in the fourth quarter, but Kenmare responded both times.
Regardless, Jenkins continued to orchestrate a rally. First came a 36-second touchdown drive, the result of a 13-yard Alex Bailey kick return and consecutive pass completions of 33 yards to Troy Knudson and 17 yards to Tyler Deering.
The Maroons then intercepted a pass and struck again less than two minutes later on a 64-yard touchdown pass to Eriksmoen for a one-possession game with 2:03 remaining.
Divide County recovered the onside kick for a glimmer of hope until a pass play with 50 seconds left, on fourth-and-10 from the Honkers’ 33, fell short of a first down.
The Maroons’ defense struggled to stop its opponent for the second time in three games. This time, it was a combination of the passing and running game.
Honkers senior quarterback Hunter Rodin added 85 rushing yards to his 363 passing yards and five touchdowns.
“We faced a very accurate quarterback,” Nelson said. “I hope we don’t see any more guys who can throw as well as he did on Friday. They are a good offensive team, but we need to step up and make some more plays in coverage. When we have a team in fourth-and-long, we absolutely have to get off the field defensively; we weren’t able to do that.”
Divide County (1-2, 1-1 Region 6) plays Friday at Parshall. In their last meeting, the Maroons beat the Braves 36-14.
“They are much improved over last year and are in the mix for a playoff spot,” Nelson said. “The stakes will be very high.”
Kenmare-Burke County 54,
Divide County 48
1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Kenmare 0 24 16 14
Divide County 6 14 0 28
DC -- Dejuan Jenkins 4 run (pass failed), 6:16.
Kenmare -- Dax Nelson 17 run (Kolton Jesz pass from Hunter Rodin), 5:58.
DC -- Dejuan Jenkins 50 run (pass failed), 5:45.
Kenmare -- Jacob Rodin 20 pass from H. Rodin (Jesz pass from H. Rodin), 5:06.
DC -- Aidan Eriksmoen 5 run (Jenkins run), 1:25.
Kenmare -- J. Rodin 31 pass from H. Rodin (H. Rodin run), :12.
Kenmare -- Jesz 29 run (Cody St. Croix pass from H. Rodin), 9:36.
Kenmare -- Jesz 3 pass from H. Rodin (St. Croix pass from H. Rodin), 1:00.
DC -- Jenkins 30 run (Eriksmoen run), 10:48.
Kenmare -- Jesz 5 pass from H. Rodin (Keagan Lautenschlager pass from H. Rodin), 7:50.
DC -- Jenkins 39 run (run failed), 5:28.
Kenmare -- Dax Nelson 50 pass from H. Rodin (run failed), 4:33.
DC -- Tyler Deering 17 pass from Jenkins (run failed), 3:57.
DC -- Eriksmoen 64 pass from Jenkins (Jenkins run), 2:03.
Kenmare: Hunter Rodin 8-85, Dax Nelson 7-33, Tevin Dix 3-22, Garrett Stroklund 2-(minus 3), Kolton Jesz 1-29, Jacob Rodin 1-12.
Divide County: Dejuan Jenkins 21-234, Aidan Eriksmoen 14-59, Taylor Landsverk 11-48, Tyler Deering 2-12.
Kenmare: Hunter Rodin 24-32-1-363, Tevin Dix 2-5-1-23.
Divide County: Dejuan Jenkins 9-15-1-165, Aidan Eriksmoen 0-1-0-0.
Kenmare: Jacob Rodin 8-175, Kolton Jesz 8-97, Dax Nelson 5-57, Cody St. Croix 2-24, Keaton Chrest 1-16, Bradon Peterson 1-12, Keagan Lautenschlager 1-7.
Divide County: Tyler Deering 5-66, Troy Knudson 2-35, Aidan Eriksmoen 1-64, Taylor Landsverk 1-0.
Troy Knudson - 2 assists, 4 tackles, 1 batted ball.
Colton Molloy - 1 assist, 8 tackles, 1 interception.
Alex Bailey - 1 assist, 3 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 1 sack.
Isaac Ellingson - 4 tackles.
Dejuan Jenkins - 2 assists, 5 tackles.
Noah Lorentz - 2 assists, 1 tackle, 1 tackle for loss, 1 sack.
Taylor Landsverk - 2 assists, 1 tackle, 1 tackle for loss, 1 fumble recovery, 1 forced fumble.
Joran Oien - 3 tackles, 1 interception.
Tyler Deering - 1 assist, 7 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 1 batted ball.
Aidan Eriksmoen - 2 assists, 3 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 1 sack.
Region 6 Standings
W L PF PA
MLS 2 0 104 6
Kenmare 2 0 94 54
Divide County 1 1 97 62
Tioga 1 1 40 60
Parshall 1 1 62 88
New Town 1 1 36 82
Ray 0 2 66 92
Trenton 0 2 28 83
Last week’s games
Kenmare 54, Divide County 48
MLS 52, Parshall 6
New Town 36, Ray 30
Tioga 34, Trenton 20
This week’s games
Divide County at Parshall
MLS at Kenmare
Tioga at New Town
Ray at Trenton