Posted 8/29/12 (Wed)
By Neal A. Shipman
Watford City’s varsity football team definitely didn’t get the start that Coach Fred Fridley was hoping for on Friday as the Wolves fell to the Heart River Cougars, 48-13.
The Wolves, who struggled on offense most of the game, went three and out on their first possession of the game, with the Cougars responding with a touchdown run on their first play.
The Cougars would score 35 points in the first half of play with Watford City’s lone score in the half coming on a Keegan Thompson pass to Tyler Bates that covered 57 yards.
Heart River would tack on two more touchdowns in the second half with the Wolves’ final score coming on a Thompson run of 48 yards.
“We got beat on both sides of the ball,” stated Fridley on the Wolves’ first loss of the season. “The Cougars’ quickness was not matched by the Wolves. Once their runners found a little daylight it was a touchdown.”
While Fridley says that the Wolves are a much better team than what they showed on Friday night, the team is going to have to continue to improve as they host Des Lacs-Burlington this Friday.
“This week will be a big test for us to see how we respond after a loss. Good teams do,” states Fridley. “Des Lacs will test us as they have a strong running game and have a tight end that we must keep from catching passes for big gainers.”
The Wolves suffered a big loss in the game against Heart River as Austin Garmann suffered a concussion, which will require Fridley to find a running back and linebacker until Garmann can return to action.
Rushing: Keegan Thompson, 11-87 yards; Austin Garmann, 7-21 yards; Josh Rolfsrud, 7-12 yards; Dalton Wright, 4-15 yards; Tyler Bates, 1-1 yard; Casey Ballor, 2-1 yard.
Passing: Keegan Thompson 3-7 for 76 yards.
Receiving: Daniel Marmon, 2-20 yards; Tyler Bates, 1-57 yards.
Defensive Points: Shane Jorgenson, 34; Daniel Marmon, 28; Brandon Allex, 28; Davis Zubke, 23; Beau Heiser, 17; Dalton Wright, 16; Kolton Hall, 14; Josh Rolfsrud, 13; Cole Rolfsrud, 13; Jonathan Dunn, 7; Austin Garmann, 7; Tyler Bates, 6; Nate Egeberg, 6; Andrew Sampsel, 6; Logan Fettig, 5; Jaryn Homiston, 3; Joe Nelson, 1.