Devils Lake wins exciting Homecoming game beating Jamestown 14 - 13

David Perry, Journal Sports
DL Linebacker Spencer Frith [36] leaps for a tipped pass to get an important interception in the fourth quarter against Jamestown. "I got to thank the lineman that knocked the guys arm. He tipped it and I don’t know who it was. I was just spying on the QB."

The [4] DL Firebirds (6-2) beat the [3] Jamestown Blue Jays (5-3) on Saturday, Oct. 14 at Roller Field by a final score of 14-13. Coming into this week’s contest, the Blue Jays had an impressive win against Wapheton [35-8] and two very close losses against the number one and two teams in the state; [1] Fargo Shanley [14-7] and [2] Bismarck St. Mary’s [17-10]. Looking at each team’s resumé and results, the end of the regular season and postseason play will prove to be anyone’s game.

“We keep talking about it with the guys and they are believing,” Firebirds Coach Jake Wateland said. “They are believing that they are a good team and they can beat anybody. They earn that right every week when we prepare and how we practice. We were able to execute and find a way to win.”

The Firebirds were able to put points on the board in the first quarter with a Jagger Miller [18] 25 yard pass to Josh Dahlen [1] with Spencer Frith [36] and the good point after kick to take the lead 7-0.

It was all Jamestown in the second quarter with Petrek [30] running the ball two yards for a Blue Jays touchdown. Fuchs [17] extra point tied the game at 7. Jamestown was able to score again in the second quarter when Dallman [28] ran for a six yard Touchdown. The extra point narrowly missed by hitting the left upright. The score was 7-13 before halftime.

Both teams held each other to a stalemate in the third quarter but the Firebirds scored early in the fourth with a 65 yard tipped pass from Jagger Miller [18] to Joey Hornstein [24].  “I knew it was short,” Hornstein said. “I didn’t know if I should go up and make a play or wait back and try to get a tip. We practice a tip drill so I decided to go for the tip.” Frith’s extra point gave DL the lead and final score 14-13.

Although Firebirds FB/LB Luke Knowski [2] was kept out of the endzone, he led the team on both offense and defense with 119 rushing yards and an impressive thirteen solo tackles.

The DL Firebirds travel at the end of the week to play another crucial game, before playoff positioning, on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 1:30 against [1] Fargo Shanley (8-0).