Wolves pound South Heart in season opener
By Neal A. Shipman
Watford City opened its 2013 football season on a winning note as the Wolves beat the Heart River Cougars 45 to 6 on the road last Friday.
The Wolves scored in every quarter and kept the Cougars off the scoreboard until late in the fourth quarter.
Watford City did most of its damage on the ground as the Wolves rolled up 327 rushing yards.
“The defense did an outstanding job as they gave up only 149 total yards, mostly in the fourth quarter,” stated Fred Fridley, Wolves head coach, on the win.
Bo Cook scored the first touchdown for Watford City on a nice 40-yard run as he broke a couple of tackles on his way to the end zone. The Wolves’ second touchdown was set up by Brandon Allex’s 50-yard run down to the 10-yard line that was capped off a couple plays later when Dalton Wright scored from the one to put the Wolves up 13-0 at the half.
Logan Fettig picked up a Cougar fumble on the second play in the third quarter and returned it 25 yards for a touchdown, as the defense sacked the quarterback in the backfield.
Cook scored his second touchdown of the game on a 10-yard run when he scrambled on a pass play and decided to run it instead.
Cook then threw for a touchdown as he was scrambling in the backfield and found a wide open Brenden Leaming for a 35-yard touchdown pass to put the Wolves on top, 32-0, after three quarters.
With Watford City’s reserves playing the fourth quarter, Brandon Sandvik showed his ability in running the football as he scored twice on runs of 10 and 65 yards.
Heart River added a fourth quarter touchdown to make the final score 45-6.
“We played more physical, and the way that we pursued the ball on defense was fun to see as most tackles were made by a host of players,” stated Fridley. “I thought Bo Cook did a very nice job at quarterback and Brandon Allex, for the first time as a running back, ran hard and picked up some tough yards.”
Logan Fettig, Aaron Bigelow Derik Sivertson and Dalton Wright were the defensive leaders for the Wolves.
“We still need to clean up some areas and eliminate some penalties that could hurt in big games,” stated Fridley.
Watford City will be hosting the Bismarck Century JV this Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. at Fridley Field, and Coach Fridley anticipates a tough game for the Wolves.
“This should be a real tough game for us,” states Fridley. “Century has one of the best Class AAA teams in the state.”
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Heart River 0 0 0 6 6
Watford City 7 6 19 13 45