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Shanley surges past Sheyenne to end Mustangs winning streak

Saturday, October 5, 2019   (0 Comments)
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Fargo Shanley's Carter Kochmann breaks away for a 28-yard touchdown run to set the tone against West Fargo Sheyenne at Sid Cichy Stadium on Friday, Oct. 4. David Samson / The Forum

 

FARGO — The Deacons have made a name for themselves in Class 3A football.

Fargo Shanley notched a 42-20 victory over West Fargo Sheyenne on Friday night, ending the Mustangs five-game winning streak.

Shanley tallied six touchdowns against No. 2-ranked Sheyenne in a momentous Eastern Dakota Conference matchup. The Deacons had been awaiting this level of execution all year.

"This was a big EDC game," Deacons head coach Troy Mattern said. "And our kids responded. I couldn't be more proud of our kids. We were locked in all week."

The Deacons checked in at No. 4 in the latest Class 3A football poll. Sheyenne sat at No. 2.

"We weren't afraid," Mattern said. "We knew we were playing a really, really good football team — second in the state, 5-0. And our kids responded."

Friday's contest was the first time the two ranked teams had ever faced each other. This is the first season in 11 years that Shanley is back playing Class 3A football. And they've proved they belong in the conference.

Friday's win at Sid Cichy Stadium rose the Deacons to 5-1 overall and 3-1 in the EDC. The Mustangs now have an identical record, falling to 5-1 overall and 3-1 in conference play.

Shanley scored less than two minutes into the game on a 28-yard run by junior Carter Kochmann. Emmet Kenney's kick was good to make it 7-0 with 10 minutes, 26 seconds left in the first quarter.

Eight minutes later, Kochmann found the end zone again to make it 14-0 heading into the second quarter.

Sheyenne's Tyler Terhark, a North Dakota State commit, got the Mustangs on the board 30 seconds into the second quarter with a 15-yard touchdown run. Tony Hoang tallied the extra point to make it 14-7.

Terhark, typically a wide receiver, took charge of the Mustangs offense by playing quarterback in Friday's matchup. Sheyenne's sophomore quarterback Grant Warkenthien was unable to play this week after being kicked out of last Friday's contest against West Fargo High.

Kochmann looked like he would notch his third touchdown of the game for Shanley, marching to just inside the 2-yard-line. Senior Joe Kava, a North Dakota State commit, was just shy of a touchdown on fourth-and-goal when the Deacons had a turnover on downs.

Shanley's Talon Hoffer picked up a Mustangs fumble and carried it 10 yards into the end zone with six minutes remaining in the first half to make it 21-7.

Within two minutes, Hoffer marched 26 yards into the end zone and added his second touchdown of the quarter. Kenney connected on his fourth extra point to give the Deacons a 28-7 lead.

The Mustangs fumbled the ball on second-and-goal in a crucial moment in the first half, Sheyenne's third turnover of the game.

The Mustangs entered the second half trailing 28-7.

Hoffer scored for the Deacons on a 3-yard reception from Cooper Mattern in the first four minutes of the second half — his third touchdown of the game, making it 35-7 Shanley.

The Mustangs scored on first-and-goal thanks to an 8-yard reception from Terhark to Barika Kpeenu. Terhark faked to his right to launch the ball into the end zone. Hoang connected on the kick to make it 35-14 with just under three minutes remaining in the third quarter.

Deacons quarterback Mattern plowed through Sheyenne's defensive line to add a fourth-quarter touchdown for Shanley on second-and-goal. Kenney connected on his sixth extra point of the game, giving Shanley a 42-14 lead with six minutes to go in the game.

Terhark responded with a fourth-quarter touchdown to make it 42-20 with 1 minute 20 seconds remaining in the game. That score would stick.

Terhark's three total touchdowns weren't enough to lift the Mustangs to a win over Shanley.

Friday's win was big for the Deacons, head coach Mattern said.

"It was a huge football game for our conference and where we're going to seed ourselves with the conference," he said. "We did some things a little differently tonight and our execution was at an all-time high."

"Again, I couldn't be more proud of our kids."

The Mustangs faced a major blow entering this season with the loss of senior running back Nathan Goldade, the state's leading rusher and scorer in 2018, who tore his ACL earlier this summer.

Heading into Friday's contest, the Mustangs came off of a 21-6 rivalry win over West Fargo High on Friday, Sept. 27. The Deacons defeated Fargo North 24-7 that night.

Sheyenne plays at home against Grand Forks Central (0-5, 0-3 EDC) at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10. Shanley faces Grand Forks Red River (2-3, 1-2 EDC) on the road at 7 p.m. that night.

SH 14 14 7 7—42

WFS 7 0 7 6— 20

SH-- Kochmann 28 run (Kenney kick)
SH-- Kochmann 5 run (Kenney kick)
WFS-- Terhark 15 run (Hoang kick)
SH-- Hoffer 10 fumble return (Kenney kick)
SH-- Hoffer 26 run (Kenney kick)
SH-- Hoffer 3 reception from Mattern (Kenney kick)
WFS-- Kpeenu 8 reception from Terhark (Hoang kick)
SH-- Mattern 1 run (Kenney kick)
WFS-- Terhark 4 run (Urlaub run failed)

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