By Ryan Christiansen
Fargo Invaders use bye week to work on improvements after loss to Minneapolis Warriors
FARGO, N.D. – The Fargo Invaders will be using their bye this week to work on improvements as they prepare to defend their home turf against the Twin Cities Sabercats at 6:00 p.m. Saturday, May 22, at Jim Gotta Stadium at Moorhead High School in Moorhead, Minnesota.
The Invaders traveled to Woodbury, Minnesota, on Saturday, May 8, to play the Minneapolis Warriors in a 7:00 p.m. game at Woodbury High School.
The Invaders didn’t look pretty in the first half as they muffed two punt returns, fumbled twice and lost one, and threw two interceptions, which allowed the Warriors to take a 27-0 lead at the break, even as the Invaders defense applied good pressure against the Warriors and tallied three sacks, with defensive tackle Cornelius Wahlo (#56) counting two and linebacker Jamus Neal Jr. (#21) notching one.
In the third quarter, the Invaders defense kept the Warriors in check. Meanwhile, a fresh arm on offense helped the Invaders to score their first touchdown when quarterback Jamus Neal III (#3) completed a seven-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Nate Soto (#19). Fargo’s defense continued to stifle the Warriors in the fourth quarter as Neal III connected with wide receiver Jon Baune (#85) on a 22-yard touchdown pass to close the gap to Warriors 27, Invaders 12. However, with 5:22 remaining in the game and with the Invaders defense growing tired, the Warriors scored a final touchdown for the 33-12 win.
“The Fargo Invaders have always been a team that holds it together on the sideline,” said Invaders head coach Zach Stich. “When we were down at halftime, the guys didn’t have any quit in them. We came out and scored right away in the second half and played a much better ball game. As a team, we realize that if we put together 60 minutes of football, we will be where we want to be by August.”
In the final equation, the Warriors gained more yards and scored more touchdowns. Minneapolis managed to shut down Fargo’s rushing attack by allowing only seven yards on the day, which forced the Invaders to lean on their quarterbacks and receivers. At 6’2” and 220 lbs., wide receiver Jon Baune (#85) was the workhorse in this game; he caught 10 of 15 targets for 148 yards and one touchdown for the Invaders.