It was hot and humid, but that didn’t stop several local football standouts from having solid opening weeks in North Dakota. In total, I covered three games opening week.
Tuesday, I was in Kindred, N.D. to watch the Vikings host West Fargo Sheyenne. The Mustangs are playing a junior varsity schedule this fall in preparation for the 2014 season when they will play in Class 3A’s East Region. Kindred defeated Sheyenne 51-16 at Jerlow Field.
Friday, I covered the afternoon matinee between Fargo South and Mandan at South High. The Bruins topped the Braves 48-14. Look for South to enter Week 2 as a ranked team as the first round of polls (Class 3A and Class 2A) will be released 7 p.m. Tuesday. Class 1A and 9-man polls are released Wednesday.
Saturday, I covered what is believed to be the first ever North Dakota 9-man football regular season game played in the city limits of Fargo. Oak Grove hosted Wyndmere-Lidgerwood and the Warbirds scored the 24-16 win over the Grovers.
So with that here are some local individual performances of note:
1. TY BROOKS – Jr., RB/DB (Fargo South)
Brooks is a spark-plug for the Bruins. The 5-foot-10 165-pounder did a little of everything on Friday in South’s win against Mandan. Brooks rushed for 43 yards on two carries including a 40-yard touchdown. On defense, he snarled one of four interceptions for the Bruins and returned his INT for a 90-yard pick-six TD.
Here is a frame-by-frame progression of Brooks catching his 90-yard INT touchdown (Photos courtesy of Forum photographer David Samson)
2. JAMES JOHANNESSON – Jr., RB/LB (Fargo South)
Johannesson led the Bruins in rushing yards a year ago as a sophomore and started his junior season off right totaling 160 yards on 16 carries (10.0 yards per carry) and ran for two touchdowns of 5 and 15 yards. Johannesson was also active in South’s passing game catching two passes for 60 yards.
3. ERIC BACHMEIER – Sr., QB/DB (Kindred)
Bachmeier missed most of 2012 with an ankle injury, but is back in 2013 looking to make up for lost time. The 6-foot-2 speedy play caller rushed for 109 yards on 9 carries and three touchdowns. One of the touchdowns was a 49-yard rush. He also was 3 of 6 passing for 79 yards including a 61-yard strike on the game’s second play from scrimmage.
4. SETH HARLES – Jr., QB/S (Wyndmere-Lidgerwood)
Harles is a 6-foot-3, 170-pound mobile quarterback for the Warbirds and showed some wheels in W-L’s 24-16 road win over Oak Grove on Saturday. Harles rushed for 190 yards on 28 carries (6.8 yards per carry) and scored all four of the Warbirds’ touchdowns. He also was 8 of 15 passing for 81 yards and grabbed a key interception late in the game that sealed the victory.
5. COULTON DANGERFIELD – Sr., RB/LB (Oak Grove)
Dangerfield is a two-way starter for the Grovers and put together a big day offensively on Saturday. Dangerfield rushed for 161 yards on 10 carries and two touchdowns (one for 60 yards and the other for 20 yards). He also made a one-handed grab on a two-point conversion pass.
6. AVERY THOMPSON – Sr., QB (Fargo North)
Thompson was 6 of 13 passing for 90 yards and two touchdowns on Friday in North’s 35-20 loss to Detroit Lakes (Minn.) Thompson also carried the ball twice for 14 yards and caught a 7-yard pass proving he is versatile skill-position player for the Spartans.
7. TRE FORT – Jr., WR/DB (Fargo Shanley)
Fort caught 10 passes for 117 yards in Saturday’s 14-9 loss to Bismarck St. Mary’s at the Community Bowl. Fort and Deacons senior quarterback Chase Montplaisir connected for a 38-yard touchdown, but it wasn’t enough to steal a road victory.
8. JACK CHRISTENSEN – Sr. QB/LB (Wahpeton)
Christensen threw two touchdown passes of 51 and 24 yards to help Wahpeton top Breckenridge, N.D. 36-14. He also returned a interception 39 yards for a touchdown and ran in a two-point conversion during the game.
That’s it for me on this wonderful Labor Day!