Wolves to host Velva in Class A semifinals
By Neal A. Shipman
Watford City may have struggled against Killdeer in the first half of Saturday’s quarterfinal action of the State Class A football playoffs, but the Wolves got themselves back on track in the second half to pull out a 41-12 win over the Cowboys.
During the first half, Watford City had an uncharacteristic three turnovers and countless penalties, including two pass interference calls.
After a scoreless first quarter, Watford City got on the scoreboard in the opening minutes of the second quarter when Tyler Flatland hauled in a 78-yard touchdown pass from Trey Jacobson. Brady Lund ran 35 yards for Watford City’s second score to give Watford City a 14-0 halftime lead with Kalin Mogen’s two PATs. Lund’s score was set up by an interception by Karson Knudtson.
Killdeer then took advantage of Watford City’s third fumble in the first half when Pelton connected with Brodie Candrian on an 11-yard pass completion to end the first half with the Wolves holding a 14-6 advantage.
Watford City opened the second half scoring on their first possession when Jacobson hooked up with Flatland for a 32-yard touchdown that capped off a 10-play scoring drive.
In the final quarter, Nolan Kalberer scored two fourth quarter touchdowns on runs of five and 18 yards, while Nick Liebel scored between Kalberer’s runs on a 40-yard pass from Jacobson.
Killdeer scored on a late fourth quarter pass to make the final 41-12.
“We were in complete control of the second half, rolling up a total of 193 yards of offense while giving up 32 yards if you take away the one pass play Killdeer had,” stated Fred Fridley, Wolves’ head coach.
With the win over Killdeer, Watford City will host Velva, who defeated Hazen 39-8, in the State Class A semifinals at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6 at Fridley Field.
“We play a very good Velva team that hasn’t lost in two years, and are on a roll of their own,” says Fridley. “We must be ready to play our best game of the year.”
Rushing: Nolan Kalberer, 17-80 yards; Brady Lund, 6-37 yards; Karson Knudtson, 3-8 yards; Nick Liebel, 3-12 yards; Trey Jacobson, 6-27 yards; Austin Garmann, 2-4 yards; Josh Johnson, 1-7 yards.
Passing: Trey Jacobson, 9 of 13 for 242 yards.
Receiving: Tyler Flatland, 2-110 yards; Brady Lund, 2-53 yards; Nick Liebel, 2-42 yards; Sterling Ross, 2-25 yards; Shawn Fulwider, 1-12 yards.
Interceptions: Karson Knudtson, 1- 9 yards.
Fumble Recovery: Shawn Fulwider, 1; Liebel, 1.
Defensive Points: Shawn Fulwider, 35; Karson Knudtson, 31; Brady Lund, 28; Douglas Nordby, 22; Trey Jacobson, 20; Nolan Kalberer, 20; Nick Liebel, 17; Jake Thomas, 14; Kalin Mogen, 13; Tyler Flatland, 7; Douglas Rolfson, 7; Tyler Bates, 6; Paul Martin, 3; Austin Weckerly, 1.
Region IV playoff scores: Velva 39, Hazen 8; Milnor/North Sargent 17, Linton 14; Cavalier 41, North Prairie 21.