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Husky runner on fire

Kyle Wetzel rushed for 211 yards Friday night at Fargo North athletic field. His performance helped Wahpeton roll to a 42-19 victory against North in Eastern Dakota Conference football. However, the senior running back deflected much of the credi...

Justin Lake
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Kyle Wetzel rushed for 211 yards Friday night at Fargo North athletic field.

His performance helped Wahpeton roll to a 42-19 victory against North in Eastern Dakota Conference football.

However, the senior running back deflected much of the credit to the seven guys in front of him.

"The line was tremendous," Wetzel said. "The holes were huge. It doesn't matter who we play, the holes are always huge."

Wahpeton's offensive front - Todger Morrow, Tony Mitterling, Shane Ringdahl, Clay Smith and Jim Green - along with tight ends Paul Green and Pat Coyne controlled the line of scrimmage.

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The Huskies rushed for 466 yards on 53 attempts.

"They wear you down," North coach Bret Sorensen said. "You have to be in the right place and make the right read every time."

Wahpeton (6-1, 4-1 EDC) moved ahead of North (4-3, 3-2) in the conference standings. The Huskies are tied for second place in the EDC with West Fargo. But, Wahpeton beat the Packers last week.

"It puts us in the situation we want to be in," Wahpeton coach Mike McCall said.

Wahpeton - which led 21-19 at halftime - grabbed control in the third quarter.

The Huskies scored on their first two drives in the second half, scoring 14 points before North ran a play from scrimmage in the third quarter.

Wetzel capped the second scoring drive of the third with a 9-yard run with 6 minutes, 41 seconds to play in the quarter. Wahpeton led 35-19.

That touchdown was set up after Wahpeton recovered a kickoff at the North 36-yard line. Huskies kicker Rufat Agayev popped up a kick into a stiff wind. The fluttering football curled back into the hands of a Wahpeton player, who was covering the kick.

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"We still had chances to make plays and we didn't do it," Sorensen said. "But no excuses; they were better than us tonight."

The Spartans had a chance to cut into the Wahpeton lead late in the third quarter. North faced a second-and-goal on the Wahpeton 3 that was set up by a 49-yard pass play from Ethan Schnabel to Justin Sheets two plays earlier.

However, Schnabel tried to pitch the ball on an option play left that his trail back was unable to handle. Wahpeton recovered the loose ball with 50 seconds remaining in the third quarter.

"That was kind of the backbreaker," McCall said.

Wahpeton had four different backs score touchdowns and rush for at least 50 yards. Wetzel led the way with his three scoring runs. He needed 19 carries to reach his game-high 211 yards.

"They've got great backs who read blocking and they get their yards," Sorensen said.

Wahpeton 7 14 14 7-42

North 6 13 0 0-19

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FN-Narveson 22 run (run failed)

W-Kramer 1 run (Agayev kick)

FN-Schnabel 3 run (pass failed)

W-Wetzel 5 run (Agayev kick)

W-Wetzel 13 run (Agayev kick)

FN-Lake 38 pass from Schnabel (Wehri kick)

W-Tischer 9 run (Agayev kick)

W-Wetzel 9 run (Agayev kick)

W-Iverson 3 run (Agayev kick)

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING: W, Wetzel 19-211, Iverson 6-90, Kramer 9-67, Tischer 13-58, Birchem 2-33, Pratt 3-16. FN, Narveson 10-98, M. Lynnes 10-58, Schnabel 3-7, Pederson 2-6.

PASSING: W, Friskop 2-4-0 26 yards. FN, Schnabel 10-20-1 171.

RECEIVING: W, Coyne 1-18, P. Green 1-8. FN, Lake 5-88, Sheets 1-49, Pederson 1-17, May 1-7, Sheridan 1-7, M. Lynnes 1-3.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Eric Peterson at (701) 241-5513

Peterson covers college athletics for The Forum, including Concordia College and Minnesota State Moorhead. He also covers the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks independent baseball team and helps out with North Dakota State football coverage. Peterson has been working at the newspaper since 1996.
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