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Published November 13, 2013, 10:33 PM

Milnor-North Sargent returning back to Dakota Bowl

Milnor, ND (WDAY TV) - Milnor-North Sargent has returned to the Dakota Bowl for the first time since 2010 with hopes of bringing a first state championship back home, and as we go Beyond the Game, Eric Manlove tells us about one player who thought he wouldn't get this chance.

By: Eric Manlove, WDAY

Milnor, ND (WDAY TV) - Milnor-North Sargent has returned to the Dakota Bowl for the first time since 2010 with hopes of bringing a first state championship back home, and as we go Beyond the Game, Eric Manlove tells us about one player who thought he wouldn't get this chance.

You wouldn't know it by watching Bryton Ciesynski play this season, but last year was a painful one.

Bryton Ciesynski/Milnor-North Sargent Sr. OL/DL: “I think it was the Linton game last year, I missed a tackle and I came back to reach him again and he got a hold of my left shoulder and he pulled a whole bunch of stuff. I was rolling and screaming.”

Brendan Ciesynski/Bryton’s Dad: “They decided they were doing basically an exploratory surgery on his shoulder. Fortunately nothing was tore, they thought it was, it just ended up being an enlarged bursitis sac.”

Ciesynski was out for three months this summer while recovering from surgery. Watching his teammates get ready for the season he says was really hard.

Bryton: "It was a struggle, I couldn't really do anything. I just had to keep working it up until I could go. I wanted to do it so I could get up there with my teammates."

Brendan: "Getting to watch him play has been tremendous, knowing that he could get hurt really bothered me. But getting to watch him play you know, his senior year, playing his heart out, all these boys had the idea of winning state, (Can't do it). But getting to watch him play and making it to state is an awesome feeling."

Ciesynski's team couldn't be happier.

Eric Olson/Milnor-North Sargent Head Coach: “We like to run the ball behind our guys and him and Drew Hansen right next to him, that's about 600 pounds of Bulldog right there and we like to run the ball and who better to run behind than those two.”

The Bulldogs, are continuing to run, right to the Fargodome this Friday.

Bryton: I'm back and going to a State Title.

Milnor-North Sargent faces defending champion Hazen at noon; our coverage begins at 9am, four games, all in high-def on WDAY.

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