Posted 9/09/09 (Wed)
By Neal A. Shipman
After their first two football contests, the Watford City Wolves, who are currently ranked as the No. 1 team in the Class A Power Poll, have still not been scored on.
In their first region action of the season last Friday, the Wolves completely dominated Standing Rock as Watford City rolled to a 60-0 victory.
Watford City made short work of the Warriors as the Wolves scored 27 first quarter points.
Douglas Nordby started Watford City’s scoring action as he recovered a Warrior fumble and two plays later, Nolan Kalberer scored on a five-yard run. After forcing a Standing Rock punt, Trey Jacobson returned the punt 38 yards to the Standing Rock 5-yard line with Derek Thompson then scoring on a 5-yard run.
“It was a game where everyone got to play,” stated Fred Fridley, Wolves head coach. “It was Standing Rock’s first game and they were just not ready for the Wolves. They had six turnovers and some costly penalties.”
The Wolves’ third score of the quarter came on a Brady Lund run of 21 yards.
Forcing Standing Rock to go three and out, Nick Liebel returned a punt 65 yards for a touchdown with Kalin Mogen kicking the PAT to put the Wolves on top 27-0 after one quarter of play.
Watford City’s offense scored twice in the second quarter, first on a two-yard run by Brady Lund and then a 23-yard pass reception from Trey Jacobson to Adam Brenna. Mogen kicked one of two conversions and the Wolves led 40-0 at halftime.
Coach Fridley sent in the non-starters early in the third quarter with the reserves picking up two more touchdowns.
Karson Knudtson scored on a five-yard run and then Kalin Mogen scored on a 17-yard fumble recovery. Lucas Nicholson completed one of the two extra point attempts when he connected with a pass to Knudtson to give the Wolves a 54-0 lead after three quarters.
Clay Billing finished off the game’s scoring as he scrambled 15 yards into the end zone for Watford City’s final touchdown.
“Our defense scored their second straight shutout and played a pretty sound game giving up 56 yards rushing and 0 yards passing,” stated Fridley. “The defensive leaders were Kalin Mogen, Karson Knudtson, Nolan Kalberer and Douglas Nordby.”
This Friday, the Wolves will open their home season when Watford City hosts the Killdeer Cowboys Friday at Fridley Field with kickoff set for 7 p.m.
“We need a tough game and Killdeer always provides us with a tough game,” states Fridley. “The Cowboys looked very good on film with a good passing and running attack. We need to play at a better level than we did last week.”
Rushing: Brady Lund, 8-63; Karson Knudtson, 5-62; Nolan Kalberer, 8-66; Clay Billing, 4-47; Trey Jacobson, 3-14; Kalin Mogen, 2-18; Nick Liebel, 3-34; Derek Thompson, 3-14.
Passing: Trey Jacobson, 3-7 for 98 yards.
Receiving: Tyler Flatland, 1-50 yards; Nick Liebel, 1-25 yards; Adam Brenna, 1-23 yards.
Interceptions: Adam Brenna, Trey Jacobson.
Fumble Recoveries: Douglas Nordby, Nolan Kalberer, Sterling Ross, and Kalin Mogen.