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Fettig leads Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter to ND 9-man quarterfinal victory

NAPOLEON, N.D. - After watching Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter quarterback Trent Fettig lead the Imperials to a North Dakota 9-man state football quarterfinal victory over fourth-ranked Finley-Sharon-Hope-Page on Saturday, F-S-H-P coach Kevin Nesemeier...

NAPOLEON, N.D. - After watching Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter quarterback Trent Fettig lead the Imperials to a North Dakota 9-man state football quarterfinal victory over fourth-ranked Finley-Sharon-Hope-Page on Saturday, F-S-H-P coach Kevin Nesemeier couldn't say enough about the senior signal caller.

"I've never seen anything like him," he said. "He's a heck of an athlete. As a runner, he finds the openings and has amazing acceleration. He's so dangerous in the open field because he's so elusive and can change directions on a dime. Add to that the fact that he can throw the ball pretty well. I don't know ... we prepared for him all week because we knew he was the one we had to keep under control. But then he goes out and has a game like this."

And what a game he had.

The 5-foot-10, 180-pound Fettig carried 21 times for 215 yards and five touchdowns and completed 4 of 6 passes for 57 yards and a touchdown to propel

N-G-S to a convincing 42-6 victory. He was at 235 yards rushing in the third quarter, but he had to take a minus-22-yard hit after having to run down a bad snap in a punt formation. He didn't take a snap the last 21-plus minutes of the game.

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Fettig accounted for 244 total yards and 34 points before halftime as N-G-S (9-1) built a 36-0 advantage.

N-G-S coach Kelly McCleary said it was just another day at the office for Fettig.

"Trent's been doing that all season long. All he does is make plays," he said. "He's an amazing runner. He has great vision ... he sees every cutback lane, every opening. You give him an opening and chances are he's going to take it a long way. Other teams know they have to stop him, but he finds a way. Incredible ... just incredible."

Fettig, who has compiled more than 5,000 yards from scrimmage in 20 starts, said his offensive line has been incredible all season.

"I can't get all of those yards on my own. My line gives me a lot of room to run," he said. "I just have to be patient and wait for the blocks. They're all out there doing what they're supposed to do. It's always a team effort."

The Imperials earned a trip to Saturday's 9-man semifinals, where they will host top-ranked Cavalier. The unbeaten Tornadoes (9-0) defeated South Border 52-6 in their quarterfinal game.

N-G-S scored on five of its six first-half possessions, with Fettig rushing for four touchdowns and throwing for another.

Fettig scored on runs of 2 and 1 yards in the first quarter, and 20 and 19 yards in the second. His fourth rushing touchdown gave the Imperials a 28-0 lead with 5:31 left in the first half. Later, Fettig connected with Dylan Bitz for a 5-yard touchdown play, and Matthew Gross for a 2-pointer to make it 36-0.

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Three plays into the third quarter, Fettig capped the Imperials' scoring with a 48-yard run.

The N-G-S defense had an equally impressive day. The Imperials held the Spartans (8-2) to 40 total yards in the first half and didn't allow them to score until Ethan Jacobson tallied from 17 yards out with 1:26 to play in the contest.

"It was nine guys getting after it on every play. They were flying to the ball today," McCleary said. "Finley had a size advantage up front and that was a big concern, but our defensive line and linebackers had control of the line of scrimmage the whole game."

Nesemeier agreed.

"Their defensive line took it to an extra level," he said. "From what I saw on film this past week, I thought we could handle them up front. But they clearly won that battle."

FSHP 0 0 0 6- 6

NGS 14 22 6 0-42

NGS-Fettig 2 run (pass failed)

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NGS-Fettig 1 run (Bakken run)

NGS-Fettig 20 run (Baumgartner pass from Fettig)

NGS-Fettig 19 run (run failed)

NGS-Bitz 5 pass from Fettig (Gross pass from Fettig)

NGS-Fettig 48 run (run failed)

FSHP-Jacobson 17 run (run failed)

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING: FSHP, C. Montag 16-51, Stein 5-41, Jacobson 7-36, Goughnour 4-11, L. Montag 5-8, Suhr 2-6, Thorson 1-4, Breckheimer 1-3, Erickson 6-(minus-14). NGS, Fettig 21-215, Jangula 20-64, Grunefelder 4-5, Bakken 3-4, Jangula 3-(minus-6).

PASSING: FSHP, Erickson 3-9-1 32 yards. NGS, Fettig 4-6-0 57.

RECEIVING: FSHP, Gullicks 2-31, Shur 1-1. NGS, Bitz 2-20, Gross 1-30, Feist 1-7.

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