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Greg DeVillers / Forum News Service, Published October 19 2013

Kick boosts Red River to win over Packers

GRAND FORKS – Grand Forks Red River kicker Brady Regimbal has been hitting chip shots with regularity this season. Of the 22 extra-point kicks he’s attempted, he’s been successful on 18.

On Saturday, however, the Roughriders senior admitted to being a little nervous when just two yards were added to the distance. Regimbal was successful, hitting his first field goal of the season for the winning points as Red River beat visiting West Fargo 15-14 in high school football.

“It was about the same distance as an extra point,” said Regimbal, whose 22-yard field goal was his first of the season. “But I was a little nervous. It was hard not to be in that situation.

“I always thought about getting to kick a game-winner. I didn’t think it would ever happen, though. We’re not a big field goal-kicking team.”

Brandon Walters set up the game-winning drive when he batted down a Packers punt, giving Red River the ball on the West Fargo 35. It was Red River’s first blocked punt this season.

The ensuing drive stalled at the 5-yard line, setting up Regimal’s field goal with 2:51 left. The snap from center rolled to holder Chad Bartosh, but he recovered the ball and set it.

“We’ve felt all year that if we got inside the 15, Brady would be good for a field goal,” Riders coach Vyrn Muir said. “I felt confident. But when I saw the snap, I turned around. I didn’t see (the field goal).”

West Fargo answered with a run-oriented drive to Red River’s 24. But, on second-and-seven, Scott Cameron’s pass was intercepted by Shane Swatlowski with 19 seconds left.

After Regimbal’s field goal, “I was confident we could move the ball,” West Fargo coach Jay Gibson said. “We had a lot of time. We were grinding it out. Maybe if we had another minute, we finish that drive.

“There wasn’t enough time to keep being patient. We run a corner route, but they had three guys defending it.”

The game was a contrast in styles.

West Fargo, despite being without injured running back Sam Olsen (shoulder), had 197 rushing yards led by Cameron (78, all but four of those in the second half) and Matt Pyle (75). Cameron completed only four passes, good for 101 yards, including a 28-yarder to Jacob Blotsky for a score.

WF 0 7 0 7–14

GFRR 0 6 0 9–15

WF–Blotsky 28 pass from Cameron (Al-Abase kick)

GFRR–Bartosh 1 run (run failed)

WF–Reynolds 24 pass from Bartosh (pass failed)

GFRR–Pyle 8 run (Al-Abase kick)

GFRR–Regimbal 22 field goal

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING: WF, Pyle 19-75, Cameron 17-78, Schmidt 2-22. GFRR, Ranisate 11-40, Walters 5-16, Nuelle 3-15.

PASSING: WF, Cameron 4-12-2 101. GFRR, Bartosh 16-31-1 223.

RECEIVING: WF, Nichols 1-52, Blotsky 2-34, Heisler 1-15. GFRR, Reynolds 5-116, Straus 7-95, Hanson 1-13, Walters 1-5, Warcup 2-4.

DeVillers writes for the Grand Forks Herald