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Junior quarterback Robert Brewer / DND Minot Jayden Speraw (4) looks for a receiver in the first quarter of Friday night’s home game against Bismarck Legacy.

It was a two-half story for the Minot Magicians (2-5) on Friday night as they enjoyed a half-time lead over the visiting Bismarck Legacy Sabers (3-4), but left things take off in the fourth quarter.

In the first quarter, things got off to a bad start defensively as the Magi allowed a Bismarck Legacy touchdown on the game’s first drive. However, as the period progressed, Minot’s defense stiffened and forced a three-and-out on Legacy’s next offensive possession.

Capitalizing on the defensive momentum, as well as the energy of the home crowd at Duane Carlson Stadium, Minot scored a touchdown late in the first period which was capped off with a pass from Jayden Speraw caught by junior receiver Ty Kinchen for the premiere of The Magicians. game score. At the end of the first quarter, Minot led Legacy 7-6.

In the second quarter, the Magicians defense gave a shout and allowed the offense to build their lead. A one-yard quarterback by Sperow on a fourth play and a goal, followed by a successful field goal attempt by Peyton Bartsch to end the period gave Minot a 16-6 advantage before halftime.

Late in the third quarter, Minot’s offense was on the move and was just outside the red zone. On third down, it appeared the Legacy defense had earned an interception, but there was a flag on the play for a late hit on Speraw, and Minot’s offensive drive continued. Eventually, the practice ended with a 31-yard field goal from Bartsch. By then, the Magicians were up 19-6 with 2:38 left in the period.

Up 13 points with nine minutes remaining, Minot’s defense gave up its second touchdown of the night but still held a seven-point lead at 19-12. After a three-and-out by the Magi offense, Legacy started their next drive with 7:26 to go to their 34-yard line.

The Sabers finally marched down the field and into the end zone with 2:44 to go. Worse still for the Magi, they gave up a two-point conversion on a quarterback draw and found themselves trailing for the first time since the first quarter at 20-19.

Minot’s offense couldn’t respond to that score and knocked it down with 1:33 to go. On the first play of the following drive, Legacy added another touchdown and a two-point conversion to salt the game and shut the door on a possible Minot comeback at 28-19.

The Magi will look to bounce back from their latest loss next Friday at 7 p.m. as they plan to host the Jamestown Blue Jays, owners of a 5-2 overall record.

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Brian L. Hartfield