Aggies are state champs...again!
“It felt the same way it always does … great.”
So said Velva Head Football Coach Larry Sandy when asked about his team’s eighth state title in 10 years, making the Aggies 8-0 in their Class A Dakota Bowl appearances.
The Aggies took down the Langdon-Munich Cardinals 20-0 in the title game last Friday afternoon, although the score doesn’t truly reflect the action.
“It was tougher than the score shows, they moved the ball against us pretty effectively,” Sandy said. “But we were able to stop them in the red zone and keep them from scoring. I think if you can get a decent stop on that first down in there, and you consistently do that, it pays off.”
Twice the Cards got into Velva’s red zone, and twice the Aggies denied them. While Langdon’s horse, Jon Dinius, did run down 153 of the team’s 205 rushing yards, none of the jaunts took him into the end zone.
“We got to a pretty decent situation,” said Sandy of the second half. “We understood the angle we had to take from the perimeter and we were able to tackle out in the open.”
While the Aggie defense wore down their opponents, the Aggie offense put down the points needed to win the game. Sandy gives much of the credit to junior quarterback Jon Mack.
“We wanted to pass, to be able to spread it out, because they played the edges pretty soft,” Sandy said. “Jonny does a great job. He allows us to put the ball in the air when we want to and run when we want to.”
Mack connected on 12 of 16 throws for 107 passing yards. Conversely, Langdon’s passing game was virtually nonexistent, with only 17 yards passing from quarterback Dylan Crockett and 11 yards from Travis Beck. Both team’s quarterbacks tossed one interception each, but neither team coughed up a fumble.