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DOSCH, SAINTS ROLL PAST VALLEY CITY

Drew Dosch tossed four touchdown passes as No. 2-ranked St. Mary’s rolled to a 41-10 Class AA victory over Valley City on Friday night at Dan Smrekar Field.

Dosch fired two TD passes to Jaxon Wiseman, going 18 and 63 yards in the first quarter. Mark Horner and Michael Salwei also reeled in touchdown receptions in the opening half as the Saints led 35-3 at the break.

Cullen Curl dashed 47 yards for a touchdown before the intermission for the Saints, who travel to Hillsboro next Friday in a No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown.

St. Mary's will again be without all-state running back Joey Heinert, who will miss several weeks with a knee injury he sustained in the season opener against Fargo Shanley on Aug. 30.

MARAUDERS LOSE SEASON OPENER TO UJ

The University of Mary men’s soccer team was shutout in their season opener at home on Friday.

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Louis Zepeda scored in the 35th minute for the game’s only goal as the University of Jamestown posted a 1-0 victory.

Lukas Billhardt made 12 saves in goal for the Marauders, who are back in action on Sunday, facing Texas A&M International in Rapid City, S.D.

PACKERS/BEARS DRAWS BIG TV RATING

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — The NFL kickoff game between the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears was the most viewed opener since 2016.

Green Bay's 10-3 victory on Thursday night averaged 22.7 million viewers on NBC as well as the network's and NFL's digital platforms. The viewer figures were released by the network and compiled by Nielsen and Adobe Analytics.

This year's game saw a 16% increase over last year, when an average of 19.6 million watched the Philadelphia Eagles defeat the Atlanta Falcons. The audience peaked at 23.9 million viewers between 9:15 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. EDT.

The ratings are good news for the NFL, which saw a 5% increase last season after years of declines.

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