November 20, 2009

Braves fall short in state

Braves fall short in state
9-man championship game
Hankinson tops Parshall 27-12 for state title
By MARVIN BAKER
EDITOR

A Cinderella season that took the Parshall Braves football team all the way to the state 9-man championship game in the Fargodome last Friday, came to an end when the Hankinson Pirates uphended Parshall 27-12 to win the state title.
It was the first time Parshall earned this high an honor since winning the state 9-man championship in 1983 when they defeated Cooperstown in the Bismarck Community Bowl.
Despite the 27-12 loss to the Pirates in front of a statewide TV audience, it’s been a remarkable year for Parshall, picked by sports writers and sportscasters before the season to finish fourth in Region 5 behind Divide County, Mohall and Kenmare.
If the regular season wasn’t spectacular enough, the three-game playoff schedule really proved what the Braves were capable of doing in knocking off teams that were supposed to easily defeat Parshall, at least on paper.
Wells County was one of those teams. Beating Parshall handily at home during the regular season, the Bears came back to Hedberg Field in the third round of the playoffs and were stopped short in a game that could have gone either way. Fans credited the Braves defense with shutting down the Bears run at a lead in the second half of that contest.
 


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