GREAT FIELD POSITION LEADS TO VICTORY
Field Position wins all. In a one-sided matchup the Fargo Invaders beat the Great Lakes Wolfpack 49-0. A stellar 1st quarter of Defense and Special Teams led to short field for the Offense, which was able to jump out to 36-0 first quarter lead. The offense scored on its’ first five possessions, totaling 114 yards & a 36-0 lead. With a running clock after the 1st Quarter, the Wolfpack had 6 more possessions while the Invaders had 4 possessions; 2 punts, an interception, and a Touchdown.
The Defense set the tone, forcing a 3-and-out with (-2) yards in the first possession. A snap over the punters head led to 1st & Goal from the 8-yardline, which led to a 2 yard Touchdown run by Brandon Jones. The Wolfpack second series netted (-6) yards for the offense, with a 29 yard punt return by Jones to set the Offense up at the Wolfpack 31 yard line. Nick Jackson ran it in on the next play for an early 14-0 lead. The defense again forced a 3-and-out, while allowing 4 yards. The ensuing Punt was then returned 40 yards for a Touchdown by Brandon Jones, later to be called back for a Block in the Back. Two plays later Leon Williams took it 19 yards for another Invader Touchdown. One offensive yard for the Wolfpack, followed by a 7 yard loss ran by the Punter gave the Invaders the ball at the 36. After four plays Jones ran in another Touchdown from 12 yards out, Sunny Dahn followed with a 2-point conversion making it 28-0 with 4:34 left in the 1st. The Defense stood tall again forcing a turnover on downs after (-6) yards. Starting at the Wolfpack 17 yard line, it took the Invaders 3 plays to get into the endzone again with a run by Williams; after a bobbled hold, Matt Petznick ran in the 2-point conversion. After a Wolfpack play, the first quarter ended in favor of the Invaders 36-0. A penalty on the following punt setup the Wolfpack with their 1st First Down of the game, 3 plays and (-6) yards later the Wolfpack were forced to punt. For the first time in the game the Invaders took over in their own territory, starting at their own 42. The offense stalled-out 7 plays later, leading to a Nathan King punt being downed at the 12-yard line. After 5 Wolfpack plays, the Half came to an end seeing the Fargo Invaders on-top 36-0.
The Invaders started the second half with the ball, but after just 2 plays Tony Stauss was intercepted by Demetre Carter. The Invaders next possession found Kawar Farok scoring from 23 yards out. The Wolfpack possession and punt that followed allowed Brandon Jones to return the punt 54 yards for a Touchdown, capping of the Invaders scoring at 49-0.
Brandon Jones led the game in rushing with 46 yards on 6 carries for 2 Touchdowns, Leon Williams tacked on 30 yards and 2 Touchdowns on his 5 carries. 25 different Invaders recorded a tackle, with Sam Weisz & Dylan Krueger leading the team with 6 a piece. Eric Swenson added an Interception for the defense, which held the Wolfpack offense to Zero Passing yards and (-19) Rushing yards. The Invader Offense had 188 yards while playing in Wolfpack territory, and the Special Teams added 166 yards. Kawar Farok handled the kicking, going 3/5 on Extra Points.
The Invaders are off next week and will travel to St. Cloud to face the 2013 West Division Champions, Granite City Renegades on May 24th, kickoff is at 3pm on the St. John’s University campus.
Full Game Stats can be found at http://fargoinvaders.org/schedule/sc-2014/5-10-great-lakes-wolfpack/