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Jamestown ruins West Fargo Sheyenne's home debut

WEST FARGO - The West Fargo Sheyenne football team had its first taste of varsity football action Friday. The Mustangs hosted Jamestown in their inaugural home game at the shared West Fargo High School stadium, but Sheyenne was unable to buck the...

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West Fargo Sheyenne quarterback Josh Roehrich tries to avoid Jamestown defenders during a high school football game Friday in West Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

WEST FARGO – The West Fargo Sheyenne football team had its first taste of varsity football action Friday.
The Mustangs hosted Jamestown in their inaugural home game at the shared West Fargo High School stadium, but Sheyenne was unable to buck the Blue Jays in its first varsity contest.
Ross Monson threw for 188 yards and two touchdowns and Ben Hanson scored on the ground and kicked two field goals as the Blue Jays beat the Mustangs 32-6.
Fresh off a win over Bismarck Legacy JV last week – another team without any seniors this season – the Mustangs learned Friday how important having that experience on the field really is.
“This was these guys’ first varsity game and, whoever you’re playing, they have varsity experience and we don’t and it shows,” said Mustangs head coach Jeremy Newton. “We made some mistakes at crucial times, and it compounded and they scored on us. It’s just one of those things that we’re going to have to build up and get used to.”
With less than five minutes to play in the game the Mustangs scored their first home-field touchdown. Quarterback Josh Roehrich connected with an open Eric Ringdahl in the back of the end zone for the 1-yard score.
“It felt pretty cool, but we still didn’t get the win, and that’s what I’m concerned about,” said Roehrich, who completed 8 of 16 passed for 103 yards. “It definitely could have gone better, but I saw some good things and some bad. I just hope we can improve throughout the season.”
The Mustangs started the 65-yard scoring drive at their own 35-yard line. A pass interference call brought them to the 50-yard line, and Roehrich found Cole Christensen down field for 25 more yards to set up Ringdahl’s score.
“Roehrich put it on the spot, and it was a perfect pass,” Ringdahl said. “Our line started to step up toward the end of the game, and they did great job.”
Christensen caught four passed for 46 yards and Cole Setter led the Mustangs in rushing with 26 yards off 10 carries.
Hanson scored his first touchdown for the Blue Jays with 2 minutes, 34 seconds left in the first quarter. A long pass across the middle to Noah Wanzek and a lengthy run by Monson set Hanson up for a 1-yard touchdown run.
Monson was 10-for-23 and Wanzek was the top receiver with five catches for 120 yards and a touchdown. Scott Nelson connected with Monson for 5-yards and his second touchdown pass.
The Blue Jays have given up only six points so far this season.
The Mustangs next game is a big one. They face new appointed crosstown rivals West Fargo at 7 p.m. Friday.
J 6 23 3 0–32
WFS 0 0 0 6– 6
J–B. Hanson 1 run (kick failed)
J–B. Hanson 31 field goal
J–Nelson 5 pass from Monson (Hanson kick)
J–Wanzek 22 pass from Monson (Hanson kick)
J–B. Hanson 34 field goal
WFS–Ringdahl 1 pass from Roehrich (run failed)
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
RUSHING: J, Nelson 11-51, Monson 2-26, Hanson 8-11, Love 1-5. WFS, Setter 10-26, Angeles 5-18, Roehrich 8-(-28), Kuznia 3-8.
PASSING: J, Monson 10-23-0 188. WFS, Roehrich 8-16-1 103.
RECEIVING: J, Wanzek 5-120, Schlepuetz 2-39, Nelson 2-39, Carlson 1-7, Hanson 1-10. WFS, Setter 3-18, Christensen 4-46, Beyl 1-37, Ringdahl 2-8.

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