Wolves host Lewis & Clark in first round of Class A playoffs
By Neal A. Shipman
With a 62-0 win over the Bowman Bulldogs on Friday to close out their regular season play, the Watford City Wolves football team now prepares to host Lewis & Clark/Our Redeemers/North Shore/Plaza in the first round of the Class A playoffs.
The Wolves, who are 9-0 overall and 7-0 in region play on the season, are the No. 1 seed from Region IV while Lewis & Clark is the No. 4 seed in Region III.
Game time for the first playoff game, which will be held at Fridley Field in Watford City, is set for 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23. Other matchups are Killdeer at Harvey with both of those teams being in Watford City’s bracket. In the other bracket, Velva plays Heart River and Hazen plays Stanley.
“It is a new season starting Saturday,” states Fred Fridley, Wolves’ head coach, “We play a team that can run the ball and has a very good passing attack. We have not been tested in the last few games, and we now must prepare differently and go into the playoffs with the correct attitude.”
In a very lopsided win over Bowman County on Friday evening, the Wolves scored 28 points in each of the first two quarters to roll over Bowman County 62-0.
The Wolves’ defense scored twice on Bowman’s first two possessions on Nick Liebel interceptions. Liebel scored on pass interceptions of 45 and 25 yards.
Nolan Kalberer scored the Wolves third touchdown of the first quarter on a 16-yard run, and then Shawn Fulwider was on the receiving end of a 20-yard pass from Trey Jacobson for Watford City’s fourth touchdown of the quarter.
In the second quarter, the Wolves running game scored the first two touchdowns on a Kalberer 17-yard run and a Brady Lund five-yard run.
Jacobson and Fulwider connected for the second aerial touchdown on a 28-yard pass connection, and then Karson Knudtson added the final touchdown of the first half on an 11-yard run. Kalin Mogen was eight for eight on conversion kicks the first half with the Wolves leading 56-0 at the half.
The Wolves added their final touchdown in the fourth quarter on a Lucas Nicholson one-yard run for a final score of 62-0.
In the first half, the Wolves racked up 257 yards of offense, while Watford City defense allowed Bowman only 54 total yards.
“The Wolves’ defense has played great all season and the offense is getting better each week. We need to keep on that roll,” states Fridley. “Lewis & Clark will be the underdogs and will gamble, so we need to be ready for anything.”
Rushing: Josh Johnson, 7-72 yards; Nolan Kalberer, 5-50 yards; Brady Lund, 7-41 yards; Austin Garman, 6-24 yards; Karson Knudtson, 2-23 yards; Trey Jacobson, 3-7 yards; Ryan Monsen, 1-2 yards; Lucas Nicholson, 1-1 yard.
Recieving: Tyler Flatland, 2-56 yards; Shawn Fulwider, 2-48 yards; Brady Lund, 2-23 yards; Nick Liebel, 1-8 yards; Tyler Bates, 1-8 yards.
Interceptions: Nick Liebel, 2-63 yards; Brady Lund, 1-2 yards.
Recoveries: Kalin Mogen, Nate Egeberg.