Wolves to battle Hazen for top spot in Region IV standing
By Neal A. Shipman
Not even four inches of snow could slow down Watford City as the Wolves rolled over the Heart River Cougars 28-0 to improve their season record to 5-0.
“Two big keys to the win for us was we didn’t have any turnovers while forcing Heart River into four turnovers in weather conditions where turnovers make a big difference,” stated Fred Fridley, Wolves’ head coach.
Watford City’s defense came up big, play after play, against the Cougars as the Wolves held Heart River to just 10 passing yards and 69 rushing yards, while recovering two fumbles and nabbing two interceptions.
Offensively, big pass plays played a huge roll in each of the Wolves’ scores.
In the first quarter, a 40-yard pass from Trey Jacobson to Nick Liebel led to Nolan Kalberer’s five-yard run and a 6-0 lead after one quarter.
In the second quarter, a 37-yard pass from Jacobson to Shawn Fulwider set up a one-yard run by Jacobson to put the Wolves up 12-0 at the half.
Sterling Ross was on the receiving end of a 32-yard Jacobson pass in the third quarter which set up a five-yard touchdown by Brady Lund.
And in the fourth quarter, Jacobson and Fulwider again hooked up for a 26-yard completion with Lund finishing off the scoring drive with a two-yard run.
The PATs in the second half were passes from Jacobson to Liebel and Fulwider to give Watford City the 28-0 win.
“With the weather like it was, we did a nice job on both sides of the ball,” stated Fridley. “We had good field position the entire game, and with the score, we only threw three passes the second half.”
This week, the Wolves will host Hazen at 7 p.m. on Friday to decide the top spot in Region IV.
“Hazen is a very explosive team with great quickness,” stated Fridley. “They run an option offense which could be a challenge for our defense. They have scored 80 points in their last two games.”
Rushing: Brady Lund, 20-103 yards; Nolan Kalberer, 14-54 yards; Karson Knudtson, 3-13 yards; Trey Jacobson, 6-12 yards; Josh Johnson, 1-9 yards.
Passing: Trey Jacobson, 6 of 12 for 160 yards.
Receiving: Nick Liebel, 3-65 yards; Shawn Fulwider, 2-63 yards; Ross Sterling, 1-32 yards.
Interceptions: Nick Liebel, 1-11 yards; Tyler Flatland, 1-2 yards.
Fumble Recovery: Douglas Rolfson, 1 Jake Thomas, 1.
Defensive Points: Trey Jacobson, 26; Karson Knudtson, 18; Nick Liebel, 17; Douglas Rolfson, 17; Douglas Nordby, 15; Shawn Fulwider, 19; Tyler Flatland, 14; Jake Thomas, 13; Kalin Mogen, 13; Nolan Kalberer, 8; Brady Lund, 11; Austin Weckerly, 3; Ryan Monsen, 3.