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Chris Murphy, Published September 28 2013

Win-E-Mac wins battle of undefeated teams, tops No. 6 Ada-Borup at the Fargdome

FARGO – The Fargodome turf was not kind to No. 6-ranked Ada-Borup on Saturday. The Cougars put the ball on it three times in the first half, and Win-E-Mac capitalized with a 46-27 win in Minnesota 9-man football.

“We’re not physical enough,” Ada-Borup coach Nathan Brager said. “Win-E-Mac just came out and pounded it down our throat on offense. On offense, for ourselves, we made too many mistakes and gave away possessions in that first half.”

Ada-Borup (4-1) was a team that came into Saturday’s game averaging over 51 points a game in the pistol offense. Saturday, the pistol was jammed.

On the opening drive, the Cougars marched from their own 33-yard line to the Win-E-Mac 10. Then, the fumbles began. A long snap went over the head of quarterback JD Kappes and all the way back to the Patriots 37-yard line. It was recovered by the Cougars and seemed insignificant, but it was a foreshadowing for the afternoon.

“We have a lot of improving to do,” Brager said. “The season’s not over. There’s a lot more to go. We just have to learn from this and get better.”

Two plays later, the Cougars punted. Nine plays and 82 yards after that, Win-E-Mac quarterback Zac Tradewell was running into the end zone from nine yards out.

Kappes fumbled on the first play from scrimmage on the ensuing drive and Matt Thompson fell on it to give the Patriots (5-0) the ball back. On the first play of the second quarter, on a fourth-and-1, Keaton Stuhaug went 22 yards to put the Patriots up 12-0.

“This was a huge win,” Win-E-Mac coach Jeremy Morgenroth said. “They are a great program, and you measure yourself up to a program like that. Today was just our day.”

Blake Fetting fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Thompson was there again to hand the ball back to Win-E-Mac on the Ada-Borup 20-yard line. Five plays later, Tradewell found Stuhaug for a 9-yard touchdown pass, and it was 20-0 Patriots.

Ada-Borup answered with a 57-yard halfback pass from Fetting to Lance Ruebke to cut the Win-E-Mac lead to 20-7, but Win-E-Mac’s offensive line could not be stopped.

Zach Plante, Luke Syverson, Dakota Chaput, Austin Simson and DeMarcus Brown did whatever they wanted to the Ada-Borup defensive front. The Patriots answered Ada-Borup’s quick strike with an 81-yard drive – 54 of which came on the ground – capped by a Stuhaug 5-yard touchdown run.

“Our kids spend a lot of time in the weight room,” Morgenroth said. “They’re big, they got a bit of a nasty streak, they like to run block and that’s what we’ve been doing all year and we stuck with it.”

The second half was the same story. Win-E-Mac opened with a nine-play, 82-yard drive, 77 of which came on the ground to go up 34-7. Devin Faldet capped the drive sprinting 45 yards for a touchdown. The Patriots ran for 489 yards, 269 of which came from Faldet’s 30 carries and 124 of which came from Stuhaug’s 18 carries, to go along with his four touchdowns.

“I say it over and over again, but I got to credit my line for everything I do,” Faldet said. “I wouldn’t get anything without them. This was a huge win. It’s always a big win against Ada-Borup.”

W 6 22 6 12–46

AB 7 7 0 13–27

W-Tradewell 9 run (pass no good)

W-Stuhaug 22 run (pass no good)

W-Stuhaug 9 pass from Tradewell (Tradwell run)

A-Ruebke 57 pass from Fetting (Fetting kick)

W- Stuhaug 5 run (Lisoff run)

W-Faldet 45 run (pass no good)

A-Fetting 14 run (Fetting kick)

W-Stuhaug 1 run (pass no good)

W-Thompson 3 run (run no good)

A-Fetting 26 pass from Kappes (kick no good)

A-Pelzman 4 pass from Brainard (Fetting kick)

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

PASSING: A, Kappes 8-16-0 115 yards, Fetting 2-3-0 74 yards, Brainard 5-10-0 27 yards. W, Tradewell 6-7-0 49 yards.

RUSHING: A, Ruebke 6-23, Fetting 11-69, Kappes 7-(-15), Purrington 2-11, Pelzman 2-18. W, Faldet 29-258, Thompson 9-40, Stuhaug 18-124, Tradewell 11-56.

RECEIVING: A, Ruebke 5-132, Fetting 2-22, Merkens 1-5, Pelzman 5-27. W, Walker 3-22, Stuhaug 2-23, Lisoff 1-4.

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