Hello, sports fans! Welcome back to some Cavalier County sports history! I’m hoping everyone had a great summer and your favorite baseball team still has chances of making the playoffs! With summer baseball over for the kids and the golf leagues getting over, it is time to get back to school-sponsored sports activities and the excitement that it brings.
By Dennis Throndset
We will begin our fall content with a look at the results of some of the football openers for the Cardinals in the past twenty-five years. The Langdon-Edmore-Munich Cardinals are the defending champions of North Dakota Class A football, and the area wishes them the best as they attempt to make it two in a row!
1994 – Fifty-one players responded to Coach Dennis Kary’s call to the gridiron in the fall of 1994. The roster was filled with size, speed, and experience. The 1993 team was riddled with injuries, and, as a result, finished with a 3-6 record. The 1994 Cardinals had 18 seniors on the roster and was beginning its second year of the Langdon-Munich co-op and the first with the Border Central School.
The opponent for the first game was the Midway-Fordville-Lankin-Minto co-op. The Cards got off to an early lead when Kirk Greenwood scored on a 3-yard run. The extra point conversion was no good, and the Cards led, 6-0. On the next possession, junior Bob Pfeifer tallied on a 5-yard scamper. Jon Kram kicked the extra point for a 13-0 lead. Just before the intermission, quarterback Grant Skibicki of MFLM hit Troy Machovsky on a 30-yard pass for six. Skibicki passed to Brian Dauksavage for two conversion points, and the half ended with the Cards leading 13-8. After a scoreless third quarter, Marshal Platz hit paydirt on a short run early in the final quarter. Again, the conversion was stopped. L – 19, MFLM – 8. With little time left, Skibicki tossed another pass to Machovsky for a TD. It was a 60-yard pass and run play. Tom Demers caught a Skibicki pass for the two-point conversion. L – 19, MFLM – 16. The Cardinals were victorious in their opener of the 1994 football season. No game statistics were available for the press.
1999 – This year would see the Cardinals facing the Cavalier Tornadoes in the season opener. The Cards had taken the Tornadoes into overtime in the 1997 meeting of the two teams, but Cavalier was a big winner in 1998. The Cards’ roster totaled 41 players, but the write-up on the game was rather sketchy. Cavalier scored in the first quarter and converted the extra points for an early 8-0 lead. Late in the first half, Jeremy Dinius scored on a reverse 12-yard run to get the Cards on the scoreboard. The conversion was missed. C 8, L 6. The Cards scored again in the third quarter, but the Tornadoes had three second-half touchdowns. The final score was Cavalier 32, Langdon 12.
2004 – The Cardinals hosted the Tornadoes in the 2004 game. Cavalier brought a wealth of talent despite losing a number of starters to graduation. Starting quarterback Tim Oksendahl returned to lead the Pembina County team. The Cards received a shock on the opening kickoff when Robert Mahar took the ball 88-yards to the house. Matt Anderson, who later would play for NDSU, tacked on the two-point conversion. C – 8, L – 0. The Tornadoes then proceeded to score three more first-half touchdowns before the Cards could get on the board. Anderson had two rushing TDs from 14- and 55-yards, and Oksendahl had a score on a 9-yard run. C – 28, L – 0. Midway through the second quarter, sophomore Drew Wold scored on a 10-yard run. The score was set up by a Zach Schaefer-to-Jon Granlund 26-yard pass. The XP was no good. C – 28, L – 6. Prior to halftime, Mahar scored on another 88-yard kickoff return and Oksendahl had a 2-yard run for a score. Halftime – C – 41, L – 6. The only score in the second half was a 6-yard run for a TD by Matt Anderson. Coach Kary was please with some aspects of the game including the defensive performance by Justin Downs. From his defensive line position, Downs was in Oksendahl’s face for much of the evening. He was a big part of Langdon’s ability to hold the Tornadoes’ passing game at bay. Final Score – Cavalier 47, Langdon 6.
2009 – In late August of 2009, the Cardinals hosted the Turtle Mountain Community High School Braves. Jon Dinius thrilled the Cardinal faithful when he took the opening kickoff 88 yards for a quick score. The conversion failed. The Braves responded quickly as Dexter Davis hit Shawn Martell for a 39-yard score to tie the game at 6-6. Following a couple of long runs by Dinius, Dylan Crockett hit Travis Beck with a 31-yard pass for a score. Crockett ran the conversion in, and the Cards led 14-6. In the second quarter, Dinius scored on a 71-yard run with Trevor Schill scoring the conversion. Halftime – Langdon 22, TMCHS – 6. Dinius tacked on two more TDs in the third quarter on runs of 22- and 66-yards. Langdon-Munich 36, TMCHS 6. In the waning minutes of the fourth quarter, the Braves scored twice. One on a 1-yard run by Vivier and another on a 2-yard run by Davis. Final Score: Langdon-Munich 36, TMCHS 22. Whether the big win against Turtle Mountain was inspiring to the students or not, six more players showed up for practice the following Monday. With these additions, the team was nearing the number of players needed to play a junior varsity schedule with other schools. That opportunity had been missing the past couple of years.
2014 – After falling to the Braves the last two years, the Langdon-Munich Cardinals were anxious to play Turtle Mountain in their first game on August 28, 2014. It was a home game for the Cards, and the first half was a defensive battle…UNTIL, freshman lineman Conner Tetrault put pressure on the Braves’ quarterback, Stacy Davis. This pressure caused Davis to throw an errant pass which Chase Rohde picked off from his defensive position and ran it in for a 21-yard touchdown! Chase Peebles ran in the conversion, and the Cards led 8-0. The Braves had a short possession and had to give the ball back to the Cards. Freshman QB Jacob Delvo completed a pass to freshman receiver Justin Kruk, and Kruk took it to the end zone for a 44-yard score. The conversion was unsuccessful, and the Cards led at the half – 14-0. After a scoreless third quarter, the Braves scored their only touchdown of the game when Stacy Davis ran it in from four yards out. The extra point attempt was not good. The defenses controlled the remainder of the game, and the final score was 14-6 in favor of the Cardinals!
2018 – In the fall of 2018, 23 players made the decision to play football for the Langdon-Edmore-Munich Cardinals. Graduation had taken a number of experienced players from the roster. There were some very good young players returning, but there were concerns in a number of areas. Four all-state players and a number of all-region players were gone. Would the returning players have the drive and skills to do well in 2018? As they had in 2017, the Cardinals would begin their season against Class AA Lisbon Broncos; this time in Langdon. The game began quite well for the young Cardinals as they forced a three and out on the Broncos’ first possession. A few plays after gaining possession, a Simon Romfo screen pass to Alex Lowery for 46 yards turned into a touchdown. The extra point attempt was no good. After a long pass completion for the Broncos, a one-yard run by quarterback Jordan Sours tied the score at six. Following the Lisbon touchdown, Simon Romfo ran the kickoff back 75 yards for another score. The conversion was good as Simon passed to his twin brother, Grant, for the two points. Score – L-E-M – 14, Lis – 8. Late in the first half, Grant Romfo finished off a nice drive with a 2-yard run for a touchdown. The extra point attempt was no good, and the Cards led 20-8. To end the first half scoring, Sours scored again for Lisbon – this time on a 74-yard fumble return. They completed a pass for the two-point conversion. Halftime LEM – 20, Lis – 16.
After a scoreless third quarter, both teams scored two touchdowns in the final period. Schultz, for Lisbon, started the scoring by dashing 50 yards for a score early in the fourth quarter. The XP conversion was no good. L-E-M still led, 32-22. Then, Simon Romfo passed to Alex Lowery for a 47-yard TD. The XP kick was no good. Langdon-Edmore-Munich 38, Lisbon 22. The final Cardinal score came later in the final period when Grant Romfo ran it in from 21 yards. The extra point was kicked by Simon Romfo. Cards 45, Broncos 22. The final score of the game was a TD by Kolby Rasmussen on a 19-yard pass from Sours. The XP failed, and the final score ended 45-28 in favor of the Cardinals. As it turned out, the game was the first win of many in the undefeated season!
As you finish reading this column, most of you will know how the Cardinals did in their first game of the 2019 season on Friday, August 23. Please read the insert in this week’s paper for all the rosters and schedules for cross country, volleyball, and football for the 2019 fall season.
Get out and support the Cards because the size and the volume of the crowd adds so much to the spirit and determination of the sports teams!