Big game Friday night

It always seems to come down to the wire wire when Fargo South and West Fargo meet on the football field.

Both coaches think it could be the same when the teams square off again at 8 p.m. Friday night at the Fargodome.

No. 1 Fargo South (5-0) and No. 2 West Fargo (4-1) could put themselves in the driver’s seat for the Eastern Dakota Conference title with a win.

South has seven-consecutive wins against the Packers. However, the Bruins needed an 80-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Adam Boe to come away with a 19-17 victory in last year’s game.

“Whenever you are playing the best team you want to climb that ladder,” West Fargo coach Jay Gibson said. “They have a really nice club. It’s balanced. They have a nice defense and an awful good offense. We’re going to have our work cut out for us.”

“It’s a true test for us,” Bruins coach Troy Mattern said. “We don’t look at it as the No. 1 and No. 2 teams. We look at it like another EDC football game. Our goal is to be the No. 1 team (in the East) and be home for the playoffs.”

You make the call: North vs. South Edition

A couple people talked with me at the finish of the Fargo North vs. Fargo South football game Friday night at the Fargodome with a common question: “What was that about?”

Let’s break it down.

No. 1-ranked Fargo South was ahead 27-16 near the end of the game, and was at the doorstep of another score with less than a minute remaining.

The Bruins ran the ball up the middle from the Spartans’ 1-yard line. It was stuffed.

South takes a knee on the next play and … North takes a timeout with a few seconds on the clock.

Another knee would have finished the game. However, South went on to score on a running play with 17 seconds remaining to go ahead 34-16.

Some people have asked why North would take a timeout in that situation? And, on the other side, why wouldn’t South just take another knee and come away with the 27-16 win?

You make the call.

What would you have done as the coach of South and North? Would you do it the same way?

What do you think of the coaches’ decisions?

North and South take center stage

It’s baaaa-aaaaaack!

The rival Fargo North (1-1) and Fargo South (2-0) football teams are set to square off tonight at 8 p.m. at the Fargodome.

Fargo North Spartans

Fargo North football players warm up during practice.

South is ranked No. 1 in the latest North Dakota Class 3A poll. Remember when some thought that the Bruins would be down with the loss of former coach Kevin Feeney to Moorhead and the split with Davies? They still look pretty good, don’t they?

North defeated Jamestown in the season opener, and dropped last week’s game to Hill-Murray of St. Paul 21-14. The Spartans are a scrappy bunch, who have played very well on defense thus far.

South has seven-consecutive wins against the Spartans.

Friday Night Lights

High school football in North Dakota is underway after an eventful Tuesday night.

Next up: Friday Night Lights.

Football Friday

Fargo South football players celebrate during the North Dakota Class 3A championship game last year at the Fargodome.

There are a full slate of games this week, highlighted by two-time defending North Dakota state champion Bismarck travelling to West Fargo.

Here is a list of some of the local games to watch:

Bismarck at West Fargo

Both teams lost several key players from a year ago. But the matchup still looks to be a good one.

Jamestown at Fargo North

The teams combined for four wins last year.

Bismarck Century at Fargo South

The Bruins begin the Troy Mattern era.

Hillsboro at Wyndmere-Lidgerwood

Hillsboro reached the state 9-man semifinals a year ago. The Burros are 1-0. Wyndmere-Lidgerwood advanced to the state quarterfinals.

Carrington vs. Fargo Oak Grove at Jake Christiansen Stadium

Former NDSU quarterback Tony Stauss begins his first season as coach of the Grovers on The Jake’s new FieldTurf. 

Where will you be Friday night?

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Opening night

Welcome to the new Forum Prep Sports Blog. Throughout the school year — and beyond — Forum preps reporters Heath Hotzler and Ryan Clark will bring you news, notes and commentary from the local high school scene.

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