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Rockets pour it on in waterlogged Homecoming


September 30, 2019

Jenna Lee Photography

It takes a lot of North Border players to try to bring down Hunter Thompson, but they were not successful as he went on for the touchdown. Hunter Jacobson stands ready to help.

In football, the thought has traditionally been that in torrential downpour conditions, a team's passing game would suffer the most.

But for New Rockford-Sheyenne, it was just a leisurely walk in the rain.

Quarterback Johnny Grann threw for 260 yards, completing 11 of his 13 attempts, and Bo Belquist had two touchdowns through the air and one on special teams to help the Rockets triumph over the North Border Eagles in a waterlogged Homecoming game Friday night, Sept. 20, by the score of 48-6.

The game got an early starting kickoff in advance of the encroaching storm that hit much of the state with flash floods, road washouts and inundated basements.

It didn't stop top-ranked NR-S from "pouring" it on in the first quarter against the Eagles. Belquist started the game with a five-yard scoring pass from Grann, followed by Hunter Thompson's 49-yard reception, a safety recorded by Kaden Jensen, another Belquist score and a 32-yard run from Nathan Holzwarth.

The Eagles got on the board in the second quarter with a 37-yard burst by Jayden Berg, but the Rockets answered right back via a big runback on the kickoff by Holzwarth covering 76 yards.

Thompson and Belquist added two more scores in the third quarter, the first coming on a 26-yard run and the second from a 63-yard punt return.

Belquist had a 109-yard effort on six catches, while Thompson hauled in three receptions for 90 yards through the air.

NR-S (4-0) hit the bus for a game at Lakota with the Nelson County Chargers this past Friday, and take on a possible Region 2 playoff contender this Friday night in Rolette when they tangle with the North Prairie Cougars starting at 7 p.m.

Nine-Man Region 2 Football

NR-S 48, North Border 6

at New Rockford

N. Border 0 6 0 0 6

NR-S 30 6 12 0 48

First Quarter

NR-S: Bo Belquist 5 yard pass from Johnny Grann (Nathan Holzwarth pass from Grann)

NR-S: Hunter Thompson 49 yard pass from Grann (conversion failed)

NR-S: Safety; Kaden Jensen tackled North Border ball carrier in end zone

NR-S: Holzwarth 32 yard run (Holzwarth pass from Grann)

NR-S: Bo Belquist 2 yard pass from Grann (conversion failed)

Second Quarter

North Border: Jayden Berg 37 yard run (conversion failed)

NR-S: Holzwarth 76 yard kickoff return (conversion failed)

Third Quarter

NR-S: Thompson 26 yard run (conversion failed)

NR-S: Belquist 63 yard punt return (conversion failed)

NR-S Statistics


Passing: Grann 11-13-260 yards-3 TD-1 INT

Rushing: Thompson 2-25-TD; Holzwarth 1-32-TD; Jensen 1-17; Nick Berglund 1-0; Grann 2-(-14)

Receiving: Belquist 6-109-2 TD; Thompson 3-90-TD; Holzwarth 1-37; Berglund 1-24


Tackles (unassisted-assisted): Jensen (4-1); Hunter Johnson (4-3); Berglund (2-3); Koby Duda (2-2); Nick Presnell (2-0); Thompson (1-2); Belquist (1-1); Holzwarth (1-1); Billy Fleming (1-0); Hunter Jacobson (0-1)

Sack: Thompson


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