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Greg DeVillers / Forum News Service, Published October 04 2013

Johannesson provides jolt in Fargo South's victory over Grand Forks Central

GRAND FORKS – James Johannesson made the most of his limited opportunities Friday.

The Fargo South running back touched the football only 13 times. He converted those into 245 rushing yards and three touchdowns, leading the Bruins to a 50-6 win against Grand Forks Central at Cushman Field.

“We’re trying to spread the ball around more,” South coach Troy Mattern said. “James creates a lot and opens things up for his teammates. Our plan wasn’t to give him a limited number of carries. We used him as we needed him.”

That wasn’t a lot. Johannesson didn’t play on offense in the second half. But he was a force.

Johannesson was held to two yards on one play. Each of his remaining 12 carries resulted in gains of 10 or more yards. Each of those 12 carries resulted in either first downs or touchdowns.

Johannesson, an all-state running back last season, had scoring runs of 45, 50 and 11 yards.

“He has a combination of speed, power and vision,” Grand Forks Central coach Bill Lorenz said. “Very seldom does one person bring him down. And he has the speed to run away from people.”

The 245 yards marked the fifth game Johannesson has topped the 200-yard mark for the Bruins (4-2).

“Every time he touches the ball, he’s a threat to score,” Mattern said. “He’s that dynamic.”

South built a 36-0 lead at halftime, scoring on each of its five possessions. But early on, the Knights (1-5) were close to matching the Bruins.

Central’s first drive reached the South 22-yard line, where it was stopped when Tyler Trefethren recovered a fumble. Central moved to the South 6-yard line on its second possession, but was stopped by a Jason Klug interception.

“That was one of our better quarters of offense this year,” Lorenz said. “We were consistently moving the ball. But you have to convert on those drives. Those turnovers were deflating. We get into the red zone, we’re on a high, then we turn it over and they march downfield and score. That’s a 14-point swing. We never got (the momentum) back.”

Jake Mussman was the most productive Knights player, completing 6 of 12 passes for 85 yards. One of those was a 47-yarder to Austin Hoffman to move Central into the red zone, only to see Klug make the interception.

“The two turnovers sort of turned the game around,” Mattern said. “We’ve struggled on defense. We haven’t had a lot of takeaways. But the guys were flying around and making plays tonight.”

FS 14 22 0 14–50

GFC 0 0 6 0– 6

FS–Johannesson 45 run (Weiler kick)

FS–Johannesson 50 run (Weiler kick)

FS–Kellen 1 run (Staigle pass from Raftevold)

FS–Johannesson 11 run (Weiler kick)

FS–Prisinzano 2 run (Weiler kick)

GFC–Brandon 7 pass from Mussman (kick failed)

FS–Meyers 46 run (Weiler kick)

FS–Siaway 19 run (Weiler kick)


RUSHING: FS, Johannesson 13-245, Meyers 4-51, Prisinzano 8-46. GFC, Brandon 10-19, Flores 9-18, Aarvig 4-15.

PASSING: FS, Kellen 4-6-0 30 yards. GFC, Mussman 6-12-1 85.

RECEIVING: FS, Nyborg 2-21, Raftevold 1-10, Meyers 1-(minus-1). GFC, Hoffman 1-47, Brandon 3-23, Aarvig 2-11.

DeVillers writes for the Grand Forks Herald