Posted 9/02/09 (Wed)
By Neal A. Shipman
Watford City held Stanley to a minus 12 yards of offense in the first half of play as the Wolves cruised to a 40-0 win over the Blue Jays in season opening Class A football action last Friday.
In a very lopsided contest, Watford City’s varsity offense did all of its scoring in the first two quarters before turning the game over to the second string in the second half.
“We played a very good game during the first half,” stated Fred Fridley, Wolves’ head coach. “But we hurt ourselves with 10 penalties, but Stanley returned the favor with 11 penalties. I guess you can attitrube many of those penalites to first game jitters.”
Watford City’s rushing game came up big with 201 yards rushing in the first half and three touchdowns.
The Wolves’ first score came after Stanley went three and out and Nick Liebel returned a punt 58 yards for a touchdown to give Watford City a 6-0 lead.
Again in the first quarter, Watford City quarterback Trey Jacobson found Brady Lund on a 31-yard pass play for a touchdown with Kalin Mogen kicking the PAT to give the Wolves a 13-0 lead after one quarter of play.
The Wolves then put up four touchdowns in the second quarter to cap off the game’s scoring.
Nolan Kalberer scored the first two touchdowns of the quarter on runs of 5 and 28 yards. Brady Lund scored his second touchdown of the game on a 28-yard run.
And then with 1:07 remaining in the first half, Jacobson threw for his second touchdown pass hooking up with Nick Liebel on a 19-yard completion. Kalin Mogen kicked three of four PATs to put the Wolves on top 40-0 at halftime.
“The non-starters played the second half and did a nice job not allowing Stanley to score,” stated Fridley. “The offense struggled a bit in the second half, but it was against Stanley’s varsity.”
While Fridley was happy with his team’s performance in their first game of the season, he sees areas of improvement that need to be made.
“We still need better blocking up front and must stay away from so many penalties,” stated Fridley. “Our defense played well with Karson Knudtson, Blake Wold, Nick Liebel and Brady Lund leading the way.”
The Wolves’ next action will be at 7 p.m. on Friday when Watford City makes a long trip to Fort Yates to take on Standing Rock.
“Standing Rock is an improved team from a year ago with most of their starters back,” states Fridley.
Rushing: Brady Lund, 6-95 yards; Nolan Kalberer, 8-76 yards; Trey Jacobson, 2-43 yards; Nick Liebel, 1-13 yards; Josh Johnson, 7-14 yards; Derek Thompson, 3-14 yards; Clay Billing, 1-3 yards; Lucas Nicholson, 4-(-6) yards.
Passing: Trey Jacobson, 7 of 13 for 81 yards; Lucas Nicholson, 1 of 3 for 8 yards; Brice Brenno, 0 for 1.
Receiving: Nick Liebel, 4-85 yards; Brady Lund, 2-36 yards; Sterling Ross, 1-11 yards; Chans Brown, 1-8 yards.
Fumble Recoveries: Douglas Nordby 1, Kalin Mogen 1, Cole Rolfsrud 1.