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PHOTOS: Scenes from Sheyenne Mustangs, West Fargo Packers football victories on a rainy Friday night

Top-ranked and defending ND Class 11AA state champion West Fargo Sheyenne powered to victory in its season-opening game.

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West Fargo's Dustin Hunsicker reaches for a fumble against Bismarck Century's Evan Schmidt and Cyan Sorenson at Essentia Health Packer Field on Friday, August 26, 2022.
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WEST FARGO — No. 1-ranked West Fargo Sheyenne, the defending North Dakota Class 11AA state football champions, scored the game's first 28 points to power to a 35-14 home victory against Bismarck Legacy on Friday night at Essentia Health Mustang Stadium.

The game was the regular-season opener for both Sheyenne and Legacy on a rainy night in West Fargo.

West Fargo running back Max Pfau scored on a 1-yard TD run in the second quarter as the Packers scored a 7-6 home victory against No. 2-ranked Bismarck Century at Essentia Health Packer Stadium. Century scored on a Kyan Barth-to-Ryan Brynjolfson 58-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter, but the Patriots muffed the extra point.

Pfau's run and the ensuing extra point gave the Packers a 7-6 lead early in the second quarter. Neither team scored in the second half as the Packers sprung the upset in the season opener for both teams.

Below are images from both games:

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West Fargo's Payton McGregor intercepts a pass intended for Bismarck Century's Preston Zimmerman at Essentia Health Packer Field on Friday, August 26, 2022.
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West Fargo's Connor Hoselton hits an extra point against Bismarck Century out of a hold from Cole Tiedeman at Essentia Health Packer Field on Friday, August 26, 2022.
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West Fargo's Connor Lamb and Jacob Bild battle Bismarck Century quarterback Kyan Barth for a fumble at Essentia Health Packer Field on Friday, August 26, 2022. Lamb recovered for the Packers.
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West Fargo's Max Pfau carries for a touchdown against Bismarck Century at Essentia Health Packer Field on Friday, August 26, 2022.
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West Fargo's Tony Leal heads upfield after a reception as Bismarck Century's Mason Riegel closes in at Essentia Health Packer Field on Friday, August 26, 2022. Riegel forced a fumble in the end zone on the play that resulted in a touchback.
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West Fargo's Leyton Hofland is tackled by Bismarck Century's Ryan Brynjolfson at Essentia Health Packer Field on Friday, August 26, 2022.
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West Fargo's Payton McGregor fends off Bismarck Century's Tate Erickson at Essentia Health Packer Field on Friday, August 26, 2022.
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West Fargo's Gavin Johnson takes down Bismarck Century's Preston Zimmerman at Essentia Health Packer Field on Friday, August 26, 2022.
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West Fargo quarterback Cole Tiedeman scrambles against Bismarck Century at Essentia Health Packer Field on Friday, Aug. 26, 2022.
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West Fargo students cheer on the Packers in the rain against Bismarck Century at Essentia Health Packer Field on Friday, August 26, 2022.
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West Fargo's Keyton McGregor scoops up a fumble by Bismarck Century's Ryan Brynjolfson at Essentia Health Packer Field on Friday, August 26, 2022.
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West Fargo Sheyenne’s Caleb Duerr gets congratulations from head coach Jeremy Newton after a touchdown during their football game against Bismarck Legacy on Friday, Aug. 26, 2022, at Essentia Health Mustang Stadium.
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West Fargo Sheyenne’s Aiden Knodel jumps up to celebrate Caleb Duerr’s touchdown during their football game against Bismarck Legacy on Friday, Aug. 26, 2022, at Essentia Health Mustang Stadium.
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Bismarck Legacy’s Isaac Mitchell, Ben Watson and Evan Hoffer tackle West Fargo Sheyenne’s Isaac Kanega as he moves with the ball during their first football game of the season on Friday, Aug. 26, 2022, at Essentia Health Mustang Stadium.
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West Fargo Sheyenne fans sit with umbrellas to watch the rainy football game against Bismarck Legacy on Friday, Aug. 26, 2022, at Essentia Health Mustang Stadium.
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West Fargo Sheyenne’s Dylan Beyl runs into the end zone for a touchdown during their football game against Bismarck Legacy on Friday, Aug. 26, 2022, at Essentia Health Mustang Stadium.
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Bismarck Legacy’s Aaron Urlacher gets tackled by West Fargo Sheyenne’s Nic Renner during their football game on Friday, Aug. 26, 2022, at Essentia Health Mustang Stadium.
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West Fargo Sheyenne Mustangs run off the field at halftime with a 28-0 lead on Bismarck Legacy during their football game on Friday, Aug. 26, 2022, at Essentia Health Mustang Stadium.
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West Fargo Sheyenne players run back to a jumping head coach Jeremy Newton after getting a turnover during their football game against Bismarck Legacy on Friday, Aug. 26, 2022, at Essentia Health Mustang Stadium.
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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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