BISMARCK — Hall traveled well downstate Saturday sending one fan bus of 53 including 10 cheerleaders. Many other Hall faithful made the three-hour trip, giving the Red Devils a backing that challenged the home side in the Red Devils vs. Blue Devils affair.
“They gave us a big boost of confidence. It’s a long bus ride, we’re glad they came down to support us,” Hall quarterback Taggart Venegas.
The team took its own charter bus, leaving at 8 a.m. and arriving by 11 a.m., three hours before kickoff. Even still, Tieman thought the Red Devils had a slow start before kicking into gear.
• One had to wonder what the Bismarck-Henning crowd who was still around had to think about the coach Steve Smith-led “Who’s the King of Rock and Roll” victory salute by Hall to honor the late Red Devil coach Richard Nesti. It is unlikely they have ever witnessed anything quite like it in the Vermillion Valley Conference.
• The field announcer had an assortment of nicknames for the hometown Blue Devil players. There was the Moe “the Machine” Abbed, Donnie “Money” Powell and Chase “In your Face” Swinford.
At the end of the game, the announcer wished Hall good luck and praised them for having a very good team. Bismarck also extended some southern hospitality by providing the team with a postgame meal.
• Hall junior Tyler Taber took a shot to the helmet late in the game. He laid just off the playing field along the Hall sidelines momentarily, before being assisted to the bench. Hall coach Randy Tieman said Taber told him Monday morning he was feeling OK, but he was to be further examined.
• The win was the first in the playoffs for Hall since a 28-13 win over Paxton-Buckley-Loda in 2006.
Hall will be coming home for second-round play, hosting Momence at 2 p.m. Saturday at Nesti Stadium. Like Hall, Momence had an upset win of its own on the road Saturday, defeating No. 2 Clifton Central 13-6.
The Red Devils gained the homefield advantage as the higher seed, a No. 6 to No. 7. Hall last played at home in the playoffs in 2006 against Paxton-Buckley-Loda.
• Senior running back Aaron Kerr was omitted in Saturday's story for the Three Rivers all-conference football team. He received second team honors.
Also, Hall senior defensive end Matt Briddick received second team all-conference recognition His first name was released incorrectly by the conference and thus reported incorrectly in Saturday’s BCR.
The BCR regrets the errors.
• Hall High School will be selling advance tickets for Saturday's second-round playoff game against Momence from 6-8 p.m. Thursday in the gym lobby.
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