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Kevin Schnepf, Published September 05 2009

High school football: Penalties hinder Fargo South in loss to Edina

In a game filled with 295 yards in penalties, Fargo South’s high school football team felt the most penalized Friday after suffering a 25-22 overtime loss to Edina, Minn.

“We let one slip away from us,” said Fargo South head coach Kevin Feeney.

Coaches from both teams were shaking their heads over the number of flags that were thrown in the Fargodome. South was penalized 16 times for 165 yards while Edina had 14 for 130 yards.

“I’ve never seen anything like that before,” said one Edina assistant coach.

There were no penalties in the overtime – in which each team got four downs to try and score from the 10-yard line. After South settled for Kyle Roesler’s 25-yard field goal to take a 22-19 lead, Edina scored the game-winner on third down from the 5 when Nate Carlson threw a strike to Colin Moynihan to end the marathon game.

South, coming off a 28-14 win at Bismarck Century, falls to

1-1 while Edina starts its season 1-0.

It was one year ago at this time in Edina when the Hornets rolled to a 40-6 victory, ending South’s 24-game winning streak.

But earlier this year, South was awarded the win after Edina was forced to forfeit all six of its victories for using an ineligible player.

With a more inexperienced squad, Edina still displayed its explosive offense to tie the score 19-19 early in the fourth quarter. A 42-yard run by Moynihan set up Stephen Asp’s 30-yard touchdown catch.

Asp, who caught 41 passes for 630 yards last year, hauled in the extra-point pass to tie the score.

“Their offense is different from what we normally see,” Feeney said. “It’s explosive – and we saw that last year. But overall, I thought our defense played outstanding.”

Each team went to their locker rooms at halftime with nearly as many penalty yards as total yardage. But when South senior Matt Achter returned the opening kickoff of the second half 85 yards for a touchdown, South was forgetting about all of its penalties. After stopping Edina in four plays, South marched 64 yards in 11 plays and built a 19-11 lead when Adam Boe scored on a four-yard run.

South had a couple chances to break the 19-19 deadlock late in the fourth quarter. Roesler missed a 38-yard field goal with 4:57 remaining. With 1:12 to play, South quarterback Griffin Neal was stopped short of a first down in Edina territory on a fourth-down sneak.

“We’ve got to have a better surge on a play like that,” Feeney said.

Thanks to an unsportsmanlike penalty and a pass interference penalty, Edina got its chance to end the game in regulation. But the Hornets’ hopes were dashed when Asp was whistled for offensive pass interference at the goal line.

“We felt like we had an advantage even though we played one of the most ugly first halves we’ve had in our program in a long time,” Feeney said. “I know our players don’t feel good about how this ended. We just have to go back and do what we do. We can’t panic.”

Edina 3 8 0 8 6–25

South 0 5 14 0 3–22

E–Gee 40 FG

FS–Safety, bad snap into end zone

E–Asp 30 pass from Carlson (Asp pass from Carlson)

FS–Roesler 35 FG

FS–Achter 85 kickoff return (Roesler kick)

FS–Boe 4 run (Roesler kick)

E–Asp 30 pass from Glass (Asp pass from Glass)

FS–Roesler 25 FG

E–Moynihan 5 pass from Carlson (no extra point)

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING: E, Moynihan 9-49, Carlson 11-51. South-Callahan 13-72, Larson 9-23, Boe 7-33, Midell 8-28, Achter 7-16, Neal 4-48.

PASSING: E, Carlson 9-20-0, 65 yards; Glass 1-8-0, 30 yards. South, Larson 1-3-0, 5 yards; Neal 3-11-0, 12 yards.

RECEIVING: E, Asp 3-67, Moynihan 4-10, Ward 1-6, Johnson 2-8, Nelson 1-9. South, Achter 1-5, McGillis 1-10, Callahan 1-3.

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