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West Fargo pours it on

WAHPETON, N.D. -- The usual suspects behind unfavorable football hurt the West Fargo Packers Friday in a pivotal game against Wahpeton. Poor field position, fumbles and penalties took their toll on West Fargo, ranked No. 1 in North Dakota Class 3A.

WAHPETON, N.D. -- The usual suspects behind unfavorable football hurt the West Fargo Packers Friday in a pivotal game against Wahpeton.

Poor field position, fumbles and penalties took their toll on West Fargo, ranked No. 1 in North Dakota Class 3A.

Fortunately for the Packers, their usual star back took his toll on Wahpeton in a battle for the top spot in the Eastern Dakota Conference.

West Fargo's Nick Reinisch ran for 220 yards and a touchdown as the Packers beat Wahpeton 41-20 in cold and windy conditions at Frank Vertin Field.

West Fargo's seventh straight victory kept the Packers (7-1 overall, 6-0 EDC) atop the league standings with one

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regular-season game remaining. Wahpeton (5-3, 4-2) dropped out of the EDC race with its second consecutive loss.

West Fargo dominated the latter portions of the second half by reeling off 27 unanswered points after it fell behind 20-14 in the third quarter. Wahpeton had converted a West Fargo fumble and a botched punt attempt into two touchdowns to take the lead.

West Fargo, however, had an answer in Reinisch.

"I think every team is going to put the ball on the ground and have penalties," said Reinisch, who carried the ball 22 times.

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