Posted 9/21/11 (Wed)
By Neal A. Shipman
While Watford City was able to roll up more yards against Velva, key mistakes by the Wolves proved to be their undoing as the Wolves fell to the Aggies, 28-6, last Friday.
“We gave up an interception, two fumbles, a returned kickoff and weren’t able to convert on a first and goal within the five-yard line. Those were our biggest miscues,” stated Fred Fridley, Wolves’ head coach, on Watford City’s loss to Velva.
With the loss, the Wolves record fell to 1-3. Watford City is looking to get back on the winning track on Friday when they host Garrison at 7 p.m. at Fridley Field.
“Our running attack was better as we rushed for a season high 193 yards with Clay Billing picking up 129 of those yards,” stated Fridley. “And we had 329 total yards while Velva only had 302 yards,” stated Fridley. “But the mistakes killed us. We played better than we did in our first three games, but we must eliminate our mistakes.”
After a scoreless first quarter, Velva scored two touchdowns in the second to go up 13-0 at the half.
The Aggies opened up the third quarter recovering a Watford City fumble on the first play from scrimmage, which they then converted into a touchdown to go up 19-0 after three quarters.
Watford City got on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter as Clay Billing scored on a two-yard run. He also ran in the two-point conversion to get the Wolves to a 19-8 deficit. But Velva would score one last time as they ran back the kickoff to give the Aggies a 26-8 victory.
“This week, we face Garrison, which is a team capable of scoring a lot of points,” states Fridley. “They like to spread the field and throw the ball about 80 percent of the time, which will test our pass defense.”
Rushing: Clay Billing, 24-129 yards; Austin Garmann, 5-29 yards; Lucas Nicholson, 4-21 yards; Cory Jones, 2-7 yards; Josh Johnson, 3-7 yards.
Passing: Lucas Nicholson, 5 of 17 for 136 yards.
Receiving: Tyler Bates, 2-117 yards; Shawn Fulwider, 1-9 yards; Daniel Marmon, 1-6 yards; Brandon Stoker, 1-4 yards.
Interceptions: Tyler Bates, 1.
Defensive Points: Clay Billing, 29; Daniel Marmon, 28; Brice Brenno, 21; Davis Zubke, 19; Shawn Fulwider, 17; Tyler Bates, 13; Josh Johnson, 10; Shane Jorgenson, 10; Cory Jones, 9; Mitchell Liebel, 5; Cole Rolfsrud, 3; Austin Garmann, 3; Jonathan Dunn, 2; Logan Fettig, 1; Dalton Wright, 1.