Jason Miller , Published September 14 2012
Offense leads the way as Fargo South wins in high school footballFARGO – Throughout the field and on the cover of the Fargo South football game program is the slogan, “12 Games, No Ifs.”
On Friday night, there were no ifs, ands or buts about it. The Bruins were the superior team.
South rolled up 417 yards of offense in the first half alone and cruised to a 62-27 Eastern Dakota Conference victory over Grand Forks Central.
Running back Zach Reich rushed for 200 yards – 148 of which came in the first half – and ran for a school-record six touchdowns.
“It’s an honor to have six touchdowns,” Reich said. “Our line did a great job.”
Reich and fellow starting running back James Johannesson provided a lethal one-two punch in the first half. Johannesson finished the game with 147 yards – 142 of which came in the first half – and two touchdowns.
The Bruins’ bruising offensive line paved the way for the pair throughout the game.
“That was one of our strengths,” South head coach Troy Mattern said.
The team has embraced the slogan of “12 Games, No Ifs,” knowing the only way it will play 12 games in the season is with a trip to the state title game.
“Our goal is to always be in the championship game,” said Mattern, noting that the Bruins failed to advance to the title game last season.
The team hopes to get there through its hard work carrying over from the offseason, especially in the weight room.
“The coaches are great,” said Reich, who went from being a thin backup junior varsity running back as a sophomore to a record-setting 190-pound senior largely due to weight training. “They make us go hard all the time.”
Central’s Rylie Devier scored on two defensive touchdowns in the first half, one on a 45-yard interception return and the other on a recovered fumble in the end zone. Those scores kept the Knights within striking distance until the Bruins put them away with 14 straight points late in the second quarter.
With 18 seconds to play in the first half, South wide receiver Josh Verghis got loose down the right side and quarterback Zach Kellen hit him in stride to put the Bruins up 56-20 and end any of Central’s upset hopes.
Knights quarterback Jake Mussman left the game after a foot injury suffered on the first play of the second half.
Fargo South improves to 2-0 in the EDC and 3-1 overall. Central falls to 0-2 and 0-4.
GFC 7 13 7 0–27
FS 28 28 6 0–62
FS–Johannesson 45 run (Josh Weiler kick)
GFC–Mussman 75 run (Dachtler kick)
FS–Johannesson 1 run (Josh Weiler kick)
FS–Reich 13 run (Josh Weiler kick)
FS–Reich 3 run (Josh Weiler kick)
GFC–Devier 45 interception return (run failed)
FS–Reich 49 run (Josh Weiler kick)
FS–Reich 11 run (Josh Weiler kick)
GFC–Devier fumble recovery in end zone (Dachtler kick)
FS–Reich 10 run (Josh Weiler kick)
FS–Verghis 45 pass from Kellen (Josh Weiler kick)
FS–Reich 10 run (kick blocked)
GFC–Allen 10 run (Dachtler kick)
RUSHING: GFC, Mussman 6-74, Bender 10-20, Devier 2-9, Martin 2-30, Allen 2-13, Binstock 1-2, Brandon 3-27. FS, Reich 19-200, Johannesson 13-147, Kellen 3-2, Brooks 5-32, Myers 8-23, Prisinzano 3-8, Raftevold 1-3.
PASSING: GFC, Mussman 2-5-0-6, Martin 1-2-0-5. FS, Kellen 9-18-1-127.
RECEIVING: GFC, Devier 1-6, Reller 1-0, Aarvig 1-5. FS, Rostad 2-11, Verghis 4-68, Reich 2-37, Myers 1-11.
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