FARGO – The varsity football program at Fargo Davies High School is one that has been on the rise for a while now and Eagles are off to a fast start this fall.
Quickly here is a progression of the Davies program since I started on the North Dakota prep sports beat in 2012.
- In the fall of 2012 the Eagles missed a chance at the playoffs losing to Devils Lake in the final game of the regular season. It was Davies’ third year as a varsity program.
- In the fall of 2013 the Davies turned a corner as a program earning a share of the Eastern Dakota Conference championship and finishing 6-4 overall after losing to Bismarck Century in the ND Class 3A quarterfinals.
The calendar flipping to 2014 has meant big things for the Eagles so far. This fall, Davies is off to 4-0 start and is ranked No. 3 in Class 3A. The Eagles opened with a win over Bismarck Century, its first ever win against a Bismarck school in program history.
Offensively, Davies is on par with Bismarck and Fargo South – the teams above them in the state poll.
The offense, thus, far has been led by the trio of Aidan Hartness, Tristan Hartness and Ty Jochim.
Aidan Hartness – a 6-foot-3, 197-pound quarterback – is off to a torrid pace throwing the ball. He is 30 of 62 passing (48.4 completion percentage) for 634 yards and 10 touchdowns. Aidan Hartness has only thrown one interception this season – a stat that I’m sure head coach Jason Thielges is pleased with. His stats say he is the best quarterback in the EDC and he may be the best in the state.
Eight of Aidan’s touchdown passes have been caught by his twin brother Tristan. Tristan Hartness has caught a total of 17 passes for 482 yards making him the top receiver in the conference. He has caught at least three passes in all four of Davies games and has two three-touchdown receiving games this fall.
The passing game is potent, but Davies running game hasn’t disappointed this fall either. Junior running back Ty Jochim has rushed for 603 yards on 66 carries. He has scored three touchdowns and when you look at the stats Jochim has gone step for step with the state’s top running back – South’s James Johannesson.
Johannesson, a University of Minnesota football commit, leads the EDC in rushing with 625 yards and has scored 10 touchdowns.
Jochim actually has a better yards per carry average (9.1 yards) than Johannesson (8.6) through four games this season.
Davies plays South at home on Oct. 18 and that one should be a good one.
The Eagles will be looking for win No. 5 at 7 p.m. tonight when it hosts Grand Forks Central.