Wolves shut out Bison
By Neal A. Shipman
Watford City took sole possession of first place in Region IV with a dominating 43-0 win victory over Hazen last Friday night.
The Wolves were firing on all cylinders defensively and offensively against the Bison as Watford City’s defense held Hazen to a minus five yards rushing and seven yards passing for a combined total of two yards.
Watford City’s offense, on the other hand, rolled up 406 yards with 270 yards on the ground and 136 yards in the air.
“This is the best we have played this year on both sides of the ball,” stated Fred Fridley, Wolves’ head coach. “All of our backs ran hard and they got extra yards when it seemed they were stopped.”
Turnovers by Hazen helped the Wolves to 20 first-quarter points.
Nick Liebel finished off the first drive running a counter play for 21 yards after a Trey Jacobson interception. And then following a Liebel fumble recovery, Jacobson hit Shawn Fulwider on a 28-yard pass play for Watford City’s second touchdown of the first quarter.
Watford City’s third touchdown came after Hazen snapped a ball over the punter’s head. The Wolves scored four plays later when Jacobson hit Liebel on a four-yard pass.
Kalin Mogen hit two of three PATs to give the Wolves a 20-0 first quarter lead.
Kalin Mogen kept Watford City’s offensive going to start the second quarter as he booted a 21-yard field goal to put the Wolves up 23-0.
Nick Liebel then scored his third touchdown of the first half when Jacobson found him alone in the end zone for a 35-yard touchdown pass. Mogen’s successful PAT gave the Wolves a commanding 30-0 halftime lead.
In the third quarter, Brady Lund finished off a 65-yard drive with a one-yard run with Mogen adding the PAT.
In the fourth quarter, Clay Billing scored on a 10-yard run to put the final points on the board and a 43-0 victory for the Wolves.
“Defensively, we swarmed to the ball, and we were usually in Hazen’s backfield causing a loss or no gain,” stated Fridley. “We can build on this win, and if we play with the intensity we had in this game, we will just get better.”
This week, the Wolves will travel to Flasher to take on Grant County in a 7 p.m. (CDT) game.
“Grant County is a good offensive football team that has more formations than any team we play,” states Fridley. “We must be ready to match up against them. Plus it is a long road trip, and coming off a big win, we need to re-focus and play well again.”
Rushing: Brady Lund, 13-70 yards; Nolan Kalberer, 10-56 yards; Karson Knudtson, 1-12 yards; Trey Jacobson, 4-33 yards; Clay Billing, 5-39 yards; Josh Johnson, 6-32 yards; Ryan Monsen, 1-3 yards; Trevor Kalberer, 1-3 yards; Rory Irwin, 1-1 yards.
Passing: Trey Jacobson 9 of 13 for 136 yards.
Receiving: Nick Liebel, 5-75 yards; Shawn Fulwider, 2-40 yards; Ross Sterling, 1-15 yards; Brady Lund, 1-6 yards.
Interceptions: Trey Jacobson, 1-9 yards.
Fumble Recovery: Nick Liebel, 1; Jake Thomas, 1.
Defensive Points: Karson Knudtson, 29; Nick Liebel, 26; Douglas Rolfson, 17; Trey Jacobson, 13; Jake Thomas, 11; Davis Zubke, 11; Shawn Fulwider, 10; Tyler Flatland, 8; Kalin Mogen, 7; Nolan Kalberer, 7; Clay Billing, 6; Brady Lund, 5; Austin Patten, 5; Cole Rolfsrud, 5; Douglas Nordby, 3; Austin Weckerly, 3; Sterling Ross, 1; Ryan Monsen, 1.