Posted 10/16/13 (Wed)
By Neal A. Shipman
A rain-soaked field did little to slow down Watford City’s running game last Friday as the Wolves rolled over the Turtle Mountain Braves 30-0 in region action.
“It was definitely some tough playing conditions last Friday,” stated Fred Fridley, Wolves’ head coach. “We played on a soaked field with a steady rain and wind.”
But in spite of the adverse playing conditions, the Wolves were in complete control of the game from start to finish.
The Wolves used a strong running game and a stingy defense that did not give up a first down until the fourth quarter to dominate the game.
“The biggest test is not turning the ball over in these conditions,” stated Fridley. “And we were able to hold onto the ball and only have one turnover which came late in the game.”
Watford City rolled up 245 yards on the ground while holding the Braves to just 71 yards on the ground.
Not surprising, neither team completed a pass.
With the win, the Wolves improved their region record to 4-2 and 5-2 overall.
Against the Braves, Watford City scored in the first quarter on a Keegan Thompson six-yard run with Brandon Allex running in the PAT to put the Wolves on top, 8-0.
Thompson would score again for the Wolves in the second quarter on a five-yard run with Allex again running in the PAT. Allex then scored the second touchdown of the quarter on a five-yard run to put Watford City on top, 22-0, at halftime.
In the third quarter, Allex scored his second touchdown of the night on a five-yard run with Thompson running in the PAT for a 30-0 lead.
Neither team would score in the fourth quarter.
Allex had a big night running the ball for Watford City as the senior picked up 212 yards on 35 carries.
On the defensive side Dalton Wright, Bo Cook, Aaron Bigelow and Beau Heiser led the Wolves.
“Our offensive line did a great job as Belcourt put nine players in the box every play and we were still able to run the ball,” stated Fridley. “Our offense and defense showed up on Friday and we need that consistency as we move to the end of the season.”
Watford City has just one regular game on their schedule before the playoffs. The Wolves will travel to Beulah on Friday, Oct. 25, in their final game before the playoffs.