“We like to make it interesting,” Head Coach Jake Wateland said after their 20-14 win.

The Devils Lake Firebirds football team (2-0) won in their first home game of the season against the Central Cass Squirrels (0-2) on Friday, Sept. 1 in dramatic fashion as quarterback Jagger Miller [18] threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to slotback Joey Hornstein [24] with time running out and ending the game with a final score of 20-14.

“We like to make it interesting,” Head Coach Jake Wateland said. “(On) the last play of the game we talked it over during the timeout. I asked our QB/K, Jagger Miller, if he would rather throw it or kick it and he said ‘throw it’. It was a great throw by Jagger and a tremendous catch by Joey Hornstein to win it. I was proud of the guys to find a way to win a tough fought football game.”

With the game up for grabs and under two minutes left, the Firebirds’ defense stayed strong and stopped Central Cass to give the offense a chance to put the game-winning drive together.

“It was a huge stop for our D,” Wateland said. “We did a nice job of staying home on the screen and also getting pressure on the QB. Our offensive coordinator, Coach Thielges, does a great job of getting our offense ready and the two minute drill is something we practice every week. The guys did a great job of executing it.”

The Firebirds showed improvement from last week’s win over Watford City but still have some things to work on in order to continue to be successful.

“We did do some things better from week one but still have a lot of improving to do in all aspect of the game,” Wateland said. “We know we need to play better and limit our penalties and mental mistakes.”

The Firebirds go on the road for the next two weeks to play against Turtle Mountain (1-1) on Friday, Sept. 8 and Bismarck St. Mary’s on Saturday, Sept. 16.