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Greg DeVillers / Forum Communications Co. , Published October 17 2012

West Fargo rolls past GF Central for East's No. 2 seed

GRAND FORKS – Call it making a statement.

On the opening drive of the football game, West Fargo took two plays and 35 seconds to go 74 yards for a touchdown. It was more of the same in the second half – two plays, 44 yards and a touchdown in 29 seconds on the Packers’ first possession.

Those quick scores helped West Fargo hand Grand Forks Central a 44-6 defeat Wednesday night in the teams’ final regular-season game of the high school football season.

Central closed at 0-6 in the Class 3A East Region and 1-8 overall. West Fargo (6-3, 5-1 EDC) earned a share of the region title and will take the East’s No. 2 seed into the first round of the playoffs.

“They set the tone right away,” Central coach Bill Lorenz said. “They ran it right at us. We played hard. But they come out right away in the second half and score quickly again. That’s taking momentum.”

The two-play opening drive was a 62-yard run by Preston Lehmann followed by a Miles Scholl touchdown run of 12 yards.

Central answered on its second possession, as Rylie Devier hit Zane Reller for a 38-yard scoring pass. But West Fargo pulled ahead 28-6 at halftime, with Lehmann scoring twice and Scott Cameron once.

Then, in the third quarter, West Fargo took the ball on its opening possession on the Central 44, and Lehmann used runs of 14 and 30 yards to score in just 29 seconds.

“Preston is a load, a big, strong kid,” Packers coach Jay Gibson said. “And he’s becoming a better runner, going to open spaces.”

Lehmann finished with 214 rushing yards and Shelby Schulz had 96, leading a rushing attack that totaled 383 yards.

“That’s as good a game as we’ve had running the ball in I would guess the last four or five years,” Gibson said. “Everything was working tonight. The blockers were really doing a nice job. The backs were finding holes and breaking tackles.”

Central’s most effective offensive weapon was Devier. The senior was 5-for-10 passing for 58 yards. Blake Brandon had 21 yards on four fourth-quarter carries to pace the running game.

But the Knights had no answer for the Packers running game.

“They’re big and physical up front,” Lorenz said. “We’ve had problems matching up with teams like that all year.”

WF 7 21 10 6–44

GFC 6 0 0 0– 6

WF–Scholl 12 run (Duncan kick)

GFC–Reller 38 pass from Devier (kick failed)

WF–Lehmann 13 run (kick failed)

WF–Lehmann 6 run (Gunderson pass from Hoy)

WF–Cameron 7 run (Duncan kick)

WF–Lehmann 30 run (Duncan kick)

WF–Duncan 30 FG

WF–Berginski 6 run (pass failed)

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING: WF, Lehmann 18-214, Schulz 10-96, Berginski 3-39. GFC, Brandon 4-21, Bender 7-8.

PASSING: WF, Cameron 3-5-1 45 yards. GFC, Devier 3-10-1 58, Binstock 0-1-0 0.

RECEIVING: WF, Heisler 2-29, Scholl 1-16. GFC, Reller 1-38, Marynik 1-14, Adams 1-6.


DeVillers writes for the Grand Forks Herald