Wolves blast New Salem 67-14 for Homecoming win
By Neal A. Shipman
The Watford City Wolves rolled up 34 first quarter points and coasted to a 67 to 14 win over New Salem Friday night.
Watford City’s Nolan Kalberer scored on the Wolves’ first offensive play on a 39-yard run and the rout was on. On New Salem’s next possession, Trey Jacobson intercepted a Holstein pass and returned it 45 yards for a touchdown. Nick Liebel then scored on a 44-yard pass from Jacobson for the Wolves’ third score of the quarter.
Brady Lund was on the receiving end of a nine-yard pass from Jacobson after Liebel returned a punt 51 yards to New Salem’s nine yard line for Watford City’s fourth touchdown of the first quarter. Lund scored the fifth score of the first quarter when he scampered into the end zone on a two-yard carry.
Kalin Mogen kicked four of five PATs in the first quarter to give the Wolves a 34-0 lead.
“We played like we should, aggressive on every play,” stated Fred Fridley, Wolves’ head coach. “We wanted to be a better team this week and we were.”
In the second quarter, Nick Liebel returned a punt 53 yards for a score and then Jacobson tossed his third touchdown pass of the game when he hooked up with Liebel on an 11-yard completion for Liebel’s third score.
The final score of the first half came when Lund scored his third touchdown of the game on a two-yard carry.
Mogen was perfect, three for three, on PATs in the second quarter as the Wolves led 55-0 at halftime.
In the second half, Watford City’s reserves saw all the action, and scored twice in the third quarter.
Gus Nelson picked up a fumble and raced into the end zone from 52 yards out. And then Austin Garman scored the Wolves’ final touchdown on a 15-yard run to put the Wolves on top 67-0 after three quarters.
New Salem scored twice in the fourth to make it a final of 67-14 score.
In the dominant first half, Watford City’s offense rolled up 272 yards while the defense held New Salem to two total yards.
Nolan Kalberer rolled up 114 yards on four carries, while Trey Jacobson was four of five for 88 yards and completed three touchdown passes to highlight the first half.
“We travel to Bowman this week, and again our goal will be to become a better football team,” says Fridley. “Bowman is a team that relies on the pass, so our secondary should see a lot of action.”
The Wolves will take on Bowman this Friday at 8 p.m.
Rushing: Nolan Kalberer, 4-114 yards; Brady Lund, 8-64 yards; Trey Jacobson, 3-6 yards; Austin Garman, 2-18 yards; Josh Johnson, 1-2 yards; Ryan Monsen, 1-2 yards.
Passing: Trey Jacobson, 4 of 5 for 88 yards.
Receiving: Nick Liebel, 2-55 yards; Brady Lund, 2-33 yards.
Fumble Recoveries: Gus Nelson, 1.
Interceptions: Trey Jacobson, 1-45 yards; Kyle Brown, 1-17 yards; Tyler Flatland, 1-4 yards.