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Eric Peterson, Published October 05 2012

Reich scores 5 TDs to lead No. 2-ranked South past Davies

FARGO – Fargo South senior Zach Reich is thankful for the more than 1,200 pounds of offensive linemen that he lines up behind.

“It all starts up front with the line,” said the 6-foot, 190-pound running back.

Reich rushed for 213 yards and five touchdowns behind that group on a windy Friday night at Fargo Davies. His performance helped spark the No. 2-ranked Bruins to a 47-12 victory in Eastern Dakota Conference football.

“We try and be physical all the time and try to get Reich good holes to run through,” said South senior offensive lineman Christian May, who is 6-foot-1, 245 pounds.

South (6-1, 5-0 EDC) remained undefeated in the conference, using a fast start against Davies.

Reich scored four of his touchdowns in the first half, rushing for 155 yards on 22 attempts over the first 24 minutes.

South erupted for 20 points in the second quarter to help build a 27-point halftime lead. Reich capped that big second quarter with a 35-yard touchdown run on a toss play. That score gave the Bruins a 33-6 lead with 4 minutes, 5 seconds to play in the second quarter.

South rushed for 235 yards on 36 attempts in the first half. The Bruins had 255 yards from scrimmage in the first two quarters on 42 plays. In contrast, Davies was limited to 35 yards on 19 plays in the opening half.

“We were physical and coming right out of the gate we were more physical than they were,” South head coach Troy Mattern said. “It was nice to see.”

May, juniors Drew Fahrman and Joe Mehrer and seniors Chris Krile and Son Le make up an offensive line that averages more than 250 pounds per man. On a cold night that saw flurries fall from the sky during the second half, the Bruins kept the ball on the ground for the most part.

South used Reich and sophomore fullback James Johannesson (6-1, 195) to control the football and rack up points. Johannesson rushed for 158 yards and two touchdowns on 17 attempts.

“On a night like tonight when the conditions are like this, it’s nice to have two options,” Mattern said. “Our goal was just to keep them off balance with different formations, different personnel groups, going to between one-back and two-back just to keep them off balance.”

Davies (2-5, 1-3) finished with 121 yards on 44 plays. Junior running back Alek Groth had an 85-yard kickoff return to set up his 6-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Eagles sophomore quarterback Aidan Hartness added a 15-yard touchdown pass to Eric Peterson in the third quarter.

FS 13 20 7 7–47

FD 0 6 6 0–12

FS-Reich 28 run (Josh Weiler kick)

FS-Reich 1 run (kick failed)

FS-Reich 2 run (Josh Weiler kick)

FS-Johannesson 22 run (kick failed)

FD-Groth 6 run (pass failed)

FS-Reich 35 run (Josh Weiler kick)

FD-Peterson 15 pass from A. Hartness (pass failed)

FS-Reich 1 run (Josh Weiler kick)

FS-Johannesson 40 run (Josh Weiler kick)


RUSHING: FS, Reich 32-213, Johannesson 17-158, Kellen 2-6, Myers 3-(minus-5), Team 4-(minus-12). FD, Arguelles 6-37, Melby 8-18, Hjelseth 4-13, A. Hartness 10-7, Groth 2-9.

PASSING: FS, Kellen 2-7-0 20 yards. FD, A. Hartness 3-14-0 37.

RECEIVING: FS, Staigle 2-20. FD, Peterson 2-28, Hjelseth 1-9.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Eric Peterson at (701) 241-5513.

Peterson’s blog can be found at peterson.areavoices.com