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West Fargo comes up big in homecoming night

WEST FARGO - The West Fargo football team gave its homecoming crowd something to cheer about Friday night. Starting quarterback Creighton Pfau and running back Sam Olsen each scored two touchdowns and Isaiah Helland-Davis had a pair of big plays ...

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West Fargo’s Zach Larson, left, and Brady Heisler team up to tackle Grand Forks Red River’s Baden Ripplinger during an Eastern Dakota Conference football game Friday at Packer Field in West Fargo. David Samson / The Forum

WEST FARGO – The West Fargo football team gave its homecoming crowd something to cheer about Friday night.
Starting quarterback Creighton Pfau and running back Sam Olsen each scored two touchdowns and Isaiah Helland-Davis had a pair of big plays on defense as West Fargo rolled to a
37-7 Eastern Dakota Conference win over Grand Forks Red River in the Packers’ homecoming game at Packer Field.
The Packers held the Roughriders to 117 yards of total offense.
“I was really impressed with how hard we played, especially on defense,” said Packers head coach Jay Gibson. “Not only those first two series, but defensively the entire game. I hope they can keep doing that, because it was really fun to watch.”
And judging by the crowd’s reaction halfway through the first quarter, they couldn’t have agreed more with Gibson.
With eight minutes left in the first, Helland-Davis came up with his first big defensive stop. Helland-Davis was lingering in the backfield and noticed Red River standout wide receiver Braeden Hanson, who is ranked third in EDC in receiving with 255 yards and four touchdowns, make a move across the middle. Helland-Davis made a move of his own to pick off the first pass of the game.
“We knew (Hanson) was the best wide receiver on their team, so I tried sticking to him more than anything,” said Helland-Davis whose interception led to Olsen’s 4-yard touchdown run to give the Packers a 7-0 lead. “Our primary goal was to stop (Hanson). That’s what the defensive back had to do.”
On the ensuing drive the Roughriders were forced to punt from their own
15-yard line, and Helland-Davis bolted through the line of scrimmage to block the punt and set up another scoring drive, this time capped by quarterback Pfau on a 3-yard run to put the Packers up 14-0.
Olsen scored his second touchdown in the third quarter on an 18-yard run to extend the lead 34-0. He finished with 64 yards off 15 carries, picking up 47 in the first half.
Pfau added 37 yards on the ground and two rushing touchdowns of 1 and 3 yards, respectively, and completed just one pass to Dylan Anthony for 25 yards and a touchdown.
“I knew the ball was coming to me. I saw it go up, so I just made sure I came down with it,” Anthony said of his first touchdown this season. “(The turnovers) really shifted the momentum. After that we just knew we could start making plays and scoring.”
Helland-Davis and the rest of the Packers secondary held Hanson to three catches for 15 yards and only allowed 84 yards passing from Red River quarterback Derek Murph, who led the EDC in passing with 459 yards heading into Friday’s game.
GFRR 0 0 0 7– 7
WF 13 14 10 0–37
WF–Olsen 4 run (Bektas kick),
WF–Pfau 3 run (kick failed)
WF–Pfau 1 run (Bektas kick)
WF–Anothy Dylan 25 pass from Pfau (Bektas kick)
WF–Olsen 18 run (Bektas kick)
WF–Bektas 34 field goal
GFRR–Austin Reynolds 11 pass from Murph (Ternes kick)
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
RUSHING: GFRR, Ranisate 3-1, Reynolds 4-(-5), Kuntz 3-8, Schumacher 5-18, Murph 2-(-3), Nuelle 2-11. WF, Olsen 15-64, Helland-Davis 4-29, Pfau 6-37, Nichols 1-5, James 2-28, Genova 3-60, Ndimubandi 1-1.
PASSING: GFRR, Murph 11-17-1 84. WF, Pfau 1-8-0 25.
RECEIVING: GFRR, Hanson 3-15, Reynolds 6-34, Slaugher 2-8, Ripplinger 1-8, Schumacher 1-20. WF, Anthony 1-25.

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