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Eric Peterson, Published September 06 2013

Fargo Shanley evens record with win over Fargo North

FARGO – Fargo Shanley head coach Rod Oksendahl gave five key reasons for his team’s explosive first half – Donny Steinhouse, Jordan Schaefbauer, Nick Kjera, Aaron Bubach and Kyle Bailey.

Those five players make up the offensive line for the Deacons, who scored five touchdowns in the first half Friday night at Sid Cichy Stadium. That big start sparked Shanley to a 49-22 victory against Fargo North in nonconference high school football.

“Our offensive line just controlled the line of scrimmage,” Oksendahl said. “When we do that, it allows us to do a lot of things.”

North (0-2) lost its second consecutive game. Shanley (1-1) rebounded from its season-opening 14-9 loss at Bismarck St. Mary’s last Saturday.

“It was a great testament to show how our team can rebound from a loss like that,” said Shanley junior Danny Stasch, who rushed for three touchdowns in the first half against the Spartans.

The Deacons scored on five of their first six possessions to build a 35-0 lead. Stasch scored on touchdown runs of 3, 4 and 16 yards. He rushed for 80 yards on eight carries in the first two quarters. The 5-foot-11, 160-pound running back didn’t have a rushing attempt in the second half.

“Our line, we got a great push up front,” Stasch said. “And then once our backs were able to get through the hole, the downfield blocking was tremendous.”

Stasch had his most explosive play early in the second half. He took a short pass from senior quarterback Chase Montplaisir and turned it into a 64-yard gain. Stasch was taken down 1 yard short of the goal line. Two plays later, junior running back Tre Fort scored on a 1-yard plunge to give Shanley a 42-0 lead with 9 minutes, 45 seconds to play in the third quarter.

Stasch finished with 144 yards from scrimmage to go along with the three rushing touchdowns. Against St. Mary’s, Stasch had left the game in the first half due to a side injury.

“He was coming off a pretty good hit against St. Mary’s,” Oksendahl said. “He came back tonight, and I think really showed his toughness and played well.”

Senior running back Seth Brenneman had a solid game for North, rushing for a game-high 107 yards on 18 attempts.

North 0 0 6 16-22

Shanley 21 14 14 0-49

SH-Fort 23 run (Strom kick)

SH-Stasch 3 run (Strom kick)

SH-Stasch 4 run (Strom kick)

SH-Berg 1 run (Strom kick)

SH-Stasch 16 run (Strom kick)

SH-Fort 1 run (Strom kick)

FN-Brenneman 10 pass from Thompson (pass failed)

SH-Simon 12 run (Strom kick)

FN-Thompson 2 run (Sanford pass from Thompson)

FN-Berntson 64 run (Roman pass from Thompson)


RUSHING: FN, Brenneman 18-107, Berntson 1-64, Baer 4-56, Thompson 7-18, Mjelstad 1-5, Boutain 4-1, Gunderson 1-(-2). SH, Stasch 8-80, Fort 8-43, Z. Burd 4-31, Simon 3-21, Hanson 1-18, Roberts 1-5, Berg 1-1, Klieman 2-0, M. Burd 2-(-8).

PASSING: FN, Thompson 4-9-0 44 yards, Boutain 0-1-0 0. SH, Montplaisir 9-11-0 205, Hanson 0-1-0 0, M. Burd 0-1-0 0.

RECEIVING: FN, Sanford 2-27, Brenneman 2-17. SH, Stasch 1-64, Caga 2-45, Fort 2-34, Berg 2-28, McGovern 1-27, Z. Burd 1-7.

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