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Forum staff reports, Published August 22 2010

North Dakota high school football: Class 2A preview

Class 2A preview capsules

East Region

Coaches pick: 1 (tie) Fargo Shanley, Wahpeton. 2, Valley City.

Central Cass

- Coach: Patrick Metzger (fourth year)

- 2009 record: 6-4 (lost in Class 2A quarterfinals)

- Players to watch: Jalen Ham, Sr., WR/S; Ben Birrenkott, Sr., FB/LB; Zach Odden-Lemar, Sr., OL/DL.

- Schedule: Aug. 27–Northern Cass. Sept. 3–at Fargo Oak Grove. Sept. 10–Wahpeton. Sept. 17–at Grafton. Sept. 24–Fargo Shanley. Oct. 1–Lisbon. Oct. 8–at Valley City. Oct. 14–at Kindred. Oct. 19–Fargo Oak Grove.

Fargo Oak Grove-Moorhead Park Christian

- Coach: Tony Stauss (first year)

- 2009 record: 3-6

- Players to watch: Mike Rusvang, Jr., QB; Anthony DeLeon, Jr., RB; Simeon Reiswig, So., RB/WR.

- Schedule: Aug. 27–Carrington. Sept. 3–Central Cass. Sept. 10–Valley City. Sept. 17–at Lisbon. Sept. 24–at Grafton. Oct. 1–Kindred. Oct. 8–Wahpeton. Oct. 14–at Fargo Shanley. Oct. 19–at Central Cass.

Fargo Shanley

- Coach: Steve Laqua (fourth year)

- 2009 record: 10-2 (won Class 2A championship)

- Players to watch: Connor McGovern, Sr., OL/DL; Myles Montplaisir, Sr., QB; Stefan Webber, Sr., RB/LB.

- Schedule: Aug. 24–Fargo Davies. Sept. 3–at Detroit Lakes (Minn.). Sept. 10–Kindred. Sept. 17–at Wahpeton. Sept. 24–at Central Cass. Oct. 1–Valley City. Oct. 8–at Lisbon. Oct. 14–Fargo Oak Grove. Oct. 19–Grafton.

Kindred

- Coach: Cody Kittelson (first year)

- 2009 record: 0-8

- Players to watch: A.J. Luick, Sr., RB/DL; Matt Hall, Sr., RB/DB; Sean Cose, Jr., RB/LB; Jason Van Horn, Sr., OL/LB; Jack Plankers, Jr., OL/DL.

- Schedule: Aug. 28–at Milnor-North Sargent. Sept. 10–at Fargo Shanley. Sept. 17–Valley City. Sept. 24–Wahpeton. Oct. 1–at Fargo Oak Grove. Oct. 8–at Grafton. Oct. 14–Central Cass. Oct. 19–at Lisbon.

Lisbon

- Coach: Mark Moss (first year)

- 2009 record: 6-4 (lost in Class 2A quarterfinals)

- Players to watch: Zach Peterson, Sr., RB/LB; Nathan Qual, Sr., QB/DB; Reed Huether, Sr., RB/LB; Kasey Groettum, Sr., OL/DL; Hunter Mairs, Jr., RB/LB.

- Schedule: Aug. 27–at LaMoure-Litchville-Marion. Sept. 3–at Bismarck St. Mary’s. Sept. 10–Grafton. Sept. 17–Fargo Oak Grove. Sept. 24–at Valley City. Oct. 1–at Central Cass. Oct. 8–Fargo Shanley. Oct. 14–at Wahpeton. Oct. 19–Kindred.

Valley City

- Coach: Scott Roehrich (fourth year)

- 2009 record: 4-5

- Players to watch: Trent Egan, Sr., QB/DB; Shane Ost, Sr., RB/DB; Preston Myers, Sr., WR; Kyle Kjelland, Sr., OL/DL; Alex Andel, Sr., OL/DL.

- Schedule: Aug. 27–Devils Lake. Sept. 3–at Carrington-Pingree-Buchanan-Kensal. Sept. 10–at Fargo Oak Grove. Sept. 17–at Kindred. Sept. 24–Lisbon. Oct. 1–at Fargo Shanley. Oct. 8–Central Cass. Oct. 14–at Grafton. Oct. 19–Wahpeton.

Wahpeton

- Coach: Brian Dokken (first year)

- 2009 record: 10-1 (lost in Class 2A semifinals)

- Players to watch: Bryce Wetzel, Sr., RB/DB; Justin Manning, Jr., OL/DL; Zayne Medhaug, Jr., RB/LB; Trevor Hoglund, Sr., QB/DB; Sam Weisz, Sr., TE/LB.

- Schedule: Aug. 27–Bismarck St. Mary’s. Sept. 3–Breckenridge (Minn.). Sept. 10–at Central Cass. Sept. 17–Fargo Shanley. Sept. 24–at Kindred. Oct. 1–Grafton. Oct. 8–at Fargo Oak Grove. Oct. 14–Lisbon. Oct. 19–at Valley City.

West Region

Carrington

- Coach: Marty Hochhalter

- 2009 record: 4-6 (lost in Class 2A quarterfinals)

- Players to watch: Kyle Bahm, Sr., RB/LB; Jordan Skytland, Sr., RB/LB; Austin Wolf, Sr., OL/DL; Andrew Rzaszutak, Sr., OL/DL.

- Schedule: Aug. 27–at Fargo Oak Grove. Sept. 3–Valley City. Sept. 10–Dickinson Trinity. Sept. 18–at Bismarck St. Mary’s. Sept. 24–Turtle Mountain. Oct. 1–Bishop Ryan. Oct. 8–at Bottineau. Oct. 15–Beulah. Oct. 19–Devils Lake.