Article by Ian Grande
Stanley – The Stanley- Powers Lake co-op experienced immediate success with it’s run to the Championship in 2002, chronicled in “Chapter one: Success comes early for Stanley-Powers Lake co-op“. As it would turn out the 2002 Championship run was just the beginning of the highlights for the newly formed co-op. In this article we will take a look at the years following the Blue Jays 2002 State Championship, including another magical run to the Finals.
Two Communities Come Together
A large commitment had to be made by the Powers Lake student-athletes in order to make the co-op a success. First, the Powers Lake student-athletes would need to drive the nearly hour long round trip each day for practice and games. Secondly, they would need to make the heavy physical commitment that Stanley Blue Jay coach Lyne Enget’s practices demanded.
The coaches noticed the value immediately of having the Powers Lake athletes and that continued to pay dividends throughout the entire duration of the co-op, “I think it was beneficial, those kids were instrumental in the success of the program. The extra level of competition at practice helped to us ward off complacency, if you weren’t going to work hard, someone else would take your spot,” said former Stanley-Powers Lake Football coach Scotty Meiers (Meiers helped guide the Blue Jays to three titles in ’99,’02, and ’11).
Maintaining a good relationship between the two communities was paramount to the success on the field. Early on the two schools found a creative way to give the Powers Lake community some equity in the program. “The Powers Lake superintendent expressed a desire to host a few junior varsity games in Powers Lake. They had a strong football tradition and it was a great way for that community to get to see some live football in their home town. The kids really enjoyed playing up there as well,” said former Stanley-Powers Lake coach/Stanley Superintendent Allen Burgad.
While it can sometimes be difficult to keep everyone in both communities happy, it appeared as though the two communities got along really well. “I felt like everyone tried to maintain a positive relationship between the two communities, overall the co-op worked out really well,” said Meiers.
2011 North Dakota Class “A” Football Playoffs
After knifing through the regular season with relative ease, the Blue Jays entered the 2011 North Dakota State High School Football playoffs with high expectations. Stanley was able to glide by their first opponent Killdear-Holliday 20-0 before easily dispatching their quarterfinal opponent Heart River 35-0. The Blue Jays would move on to face Hazen in the quarter finals, Stanley was able to jump out to an early 21-6 second quarter lead courtesy of two touchdown runs from Abe Roerich and one from Landon Smith, as well as a safety. It looked as though the Blue Jays might cruise to another easy victory in front of their hometown crowd but Hazen would claw back, scoring a long touchdown pass right before the half. The Bison would score again on another touchdown pass late in the 3rd quarter to close the lead to 2 points. The Blue Jays would find themselves needing to regain the momentum, and midway through the 4th quarter they did. The Blue Jays seized control back on a clock draining 74-yard drive that was punctuated with another Landon Smith touchdown run to put the Blue Jays up by 9 points. The Bison would add a late score but they would come up short in their comeback attempt and the Blue Jays would escape with a 28-27 victory, by far their closest of the season. The win over the Bison set up a date in the Fargodome with the Linton-HMB in the North Dakota Class “A” State Championship game.
2011 North Dakota Class “A” Football State Championship
The championship game figured to be a close match between two excellent teams. The Stanley-Powers Lake Blue Jays came into the game with a perfect 11-0 record and the Linton-HMB Lions came into the game winners of their last ten games.
That close game never materialized as the Blue Jays took busted out to a 28-6 halftime lead, taking complete control of the game in all aspects.
The Blue Jays took an early 7-0 lead following a Landon Smith rushing touchdown midway through the first quarter. The Lions would counter back with a score of their own with under a minute left in the first quarter to cut the lead to 7-6. The excitement was short lived for the Lions though, as Abe Roehrich took back a 62-yard run only seconds later. The Blue Jays would add back to back touchdowns in the second quarter, the first one was a 40-yard touchdown pass from Sam Footh to Seth Luepp, and the second was a Landon Smith fumble recovery for a touchdown. Following those two score the Blue Jays found themselves with that 28-6 lead, and the route was on.
The second half wouldn’t get any better for the Lions with Abe Roehrich and Landon Smith both adding one more rushing touchdown each. The dynamic rushing duo finished the game with a combined 327 rushing yards and four touchdowns on just 33 attempts.
2011 North Dakota Class “A” Football State Championship Box Score
Stanley-Powers Lake 14 14 7 7 – 42
Linton-HMB 6 0 0 0 – 6
Stanley-Powers Lake – Landon Smith 1 run (Eduardo Salgado kick), 5:21.
Linton-HMB – Cody Sehn 3 run (pass failed), :41.
Stanley-Powers Lake – Abe Roehrich 62 run (Salgado kick), :17
Stanley-Powers Lake – Seth Leupp 40 pass from Sam Footh (Salgado kick), 5:36.
Stanley-Powers Lake – Landon Smith 34 fumble recovery (Salgado kick), 5:17.
Stanley-Powers Lake – Abe Roehrich 8 run (Salgado kick), 8:24.
Stanley-Powers Lake – Landon Smith 19 run (Salgado kick), 6:34.
First downs – Stanley-Powers Lake: 20, Linton-HMB: 10
Rushes-yards- Stanley-Powers Lake: 43-358, Linton-HMB: 34-48
Passing yards- Stanley-Powers Lake: 60, Linton-HMB: 102
Individual Game Statistics
Rushing: Stanley-Powers Lake – Abe Roehrich 20-227, Landon Smith 13-100, Seth Leupp 3-23, Dylan Eckert 4-15, Brady Aadnes 2-(minus-2), Sam Footh 1-(minus 5). L-HMB – Michael Oien 6-20, Cody Sehn 12-14, Jayden Gross 8-8, Brock Nagel 3-5, Taylor Wetzsteon 3-3, Chase Jacob 1-(minus-1), Austin Schell 1-(minus-1).
Passing: Stanley-Powers Lake – Sam Footh 4-12-2, 60 yards. L-HMB – Jayden Gross 8-19-2, 99 yards; Brooks Flyberg 1-2-1, 3 yards.
Receiving: Stanley-Powers Lake – Kale Enget 3-20, Seth Leupp 1-40. L-HMB – Cody Sehn 3-41, Dillon Doolittle 2-31, Brock Nagel 2-24, Ryan Schneider 1-3, Lukas Holzer 1-3.
Interceptions: Stanley-Powers Lake – Seth Leupp 2, Brady Aadnes. L-HMB – Travis Baumiller, Dillion Doolittle.
A Magical Run For Stanley-Powers Lake, 3rd Championship for Lyne Enget
The Blue Jays finished that 2011 season with a perfect 12-0 record. Stanley-Powers Lake coach Lyne Enget received the North Dakota Class “A” Coach Of The Year award, which was well deserved. “I’ve never seen a group that played so hard for their coach, the way he (Enget) would command the locker-room was absolutely incredible,” said former Stanley-Powers Lake Football coach Cory Rice (Rice helped guide the Blue Jays to the 2011 State Championship).
That positive sentiment about Enget was echoed by Meiers, “Lyne (Enget) always had the whole picture figured out. He would empower his players and coaches, and he would demand accountability at the same time.”
The dynamic rushing duo of Abe Roehrich and Landon Smith combined to rush for a mind blowing 2,630 yards on the season, including their 327 in State Championship game. The duo would go on the play at the collegiate level as well. Landon Smith would join the University of Mary Marauders following his time in Stanley, while Abe Roehrich joined the Minnesota State Moorhead Dragons. Sam Footh and Jayd Rice, both members of the 2011 State Championship team are now members of the Dickinson State Football team.
Roehrich recalls the experience of playing on the 2011 State Championship team and the impact that the players from Powers Lake had on the program, “It was an awesome time, and it is certainly something that I will never forget. It was great to have the players from Powers Lake, I made friends from there that I will have forever. Bonding over football is a great thing, and without the Powers Lake players I don’t believe we would have won that championship,” said Roehrich.
This was article #2 in a four article series chronicling the history of the Stanley-Powers Lake co-op and the man who led the Blue Jays to 3 State Championships, Lyne Enget. The first article in the series can be found here: Chapter one: Success comes early for Stanley-Powers Lake co-op
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