Fargo Davies uses late scoring, defense to power past West Fargo
A 34-yard field goal by Esteban Nunez made it a two possession game with half a quarter to go while Eagles’ defense clamped down on the Packers.
WEST FARGO — The Fargo Davies Eagles earned their third win of the season Friday night as they defeated the West Fargo Packers 24-13.
A fourth quarter field goal by Fargo Davies’ Esteban Nunez pushed things to a two-possession game with 6 minutes, 21 seconds to play. The three points were followed up by solid defense that, eventually, ended the Packers’ final drive with a turnover on downs after 13 plays.
Of those 13 plays, four ended with Packers quarterback Cole Tiedeman looking at the sky as he was sacked by Eagles’ defenders including Andre Werk and Brennan Palmer.
The final Packers’ play, a pass from Tiedeman to Riley Prochnow was ruled out of bounds which allowed the Eagles to run out the clock in victory formation.
The win, Davies coach Wayne Werremeyer said, came from the Eagles putting together a whole game of football.
“Everybody I talked to, the other coaches that played West Fargo, everyone explained it’s a physical football team,” Werremeyer said. “And we knew they were going to come in and be a physical football team. So, our key was to be able to match their physicality, match them up front and play 48 minutes. We haven’t played 48 minutes in a lot of games this year. We talked about starting and we talked about finishing and we talked about 48 minutes.”
Werremeyer also noted the job from his defense — and their penetration into the backfield — to help the Eagles find victory.
“The defensive line played a whale of a game tonight,” he said. “The whole defense. I think we gave up one touchdown and one kick return, we knew it was going to be a physical football game.
“Brennan Palmer, there’s a reason the Bison want him as an end. Oliver Lucht, covering on the outside, there’s a reason the Bison want him. Jack Bullinger played a whale of a football game and drew a key holding call and got in there. I don’t know if he got any sacks but he’s right there forcing the football. (We got) penetration and no team wants to give up penetration.”
After a scoreless first quarter, Davies scored the first touchdown of the game 7:03 into the second quarter as Lucht powered his way in from 7 yards out.
West Fargo scored just over two minutes later as Tiedeman found some space to his left and ran the ball in from 13 yards out, crossing the goal line with a somersault.
Davies scored again on a 16-yard pass on fourth down from sophomore quarterback Mason Klabo to Luke Lorenz. After buying time in the backfield, Klabo rolled right to find the open Lorenz.
The Eagles scored once more on a 1-yard Klabo keeper later in the quarter.
The most exciting scoring play of the night came following the Klabo-Lorenz connection when West Fargo’s Payton McGregor returned the ensuing kickoff 95 yards to score as he dodged Eagles defenders and straddled the right sideline to get to the end zone.
West Fargo coach Jay Gibson called McGregor’s touchdown “the best kickoff return I’ve ever seen.”
“Most of the time you get a kickoff return because the kickoff team runs upfield and leaves a big opening and the guy just runs through the opening,” Gibson said. “I want to say at least half of the guys on Davies’ team touched him and they didn’t get him down. (Payton) has tremendous heart and he just won’t quit. If you had a team full of him, you’d really have something.”
Despite the loss, Gibson was pleased with what he saw out of the Packers.
“I think that’s two good teams,” he said. “I was really proud of our guys. I didn’t think we could stay with them, they have a lot of speed. For the most part, we contained them on offense, but defensively, it really showed.
“There were a couple times where it looked like we were going to have big plays then someone came from the side and made the tackle. That’s a good club. I think Davies has a chance to do an awful lot of damage to a lot of teams this year.”
Tiedeman and Keyton McGregor each made interceptions for the Packers, while Jacob Bild grabbed a loose ball for a fumble recovery.
Ray Brown and Grant Tschosik each had an interception for Davies.
The Eagles moved to 3-1 overall with their third win in a row, while the West Fargo Packers fell to 1-3.
Davies hosts Minot next week, while West Fargo hosts Bismarck. Both games are set for 7 p.m. Friday.