Firebirds look to upend West Fargo

Staff Writer
Devils Lake Journal
The Devils Lake football team has demonstrated excellent gang tackling throughout the season. The Firebirds are looking to knock off West Fargo Saturday on the road.

By Harry Lipsiea

Journal Sports

The Devils Lake football team is currently in the middle of a grind known as the EDC Conference schedule.

With each match-up, the Firebirds have faced a tough opponent and this week is no different.

On Saturday, Devils Lake travels to face West Fargo. The Packers are still in the hunt for an EDC title with a record of 4-1.

“They are a very quality opponent,” Jay Schneider, Devils Lake head football coach, complimented.

While the team’s record may not show it, the Firebirds have competed all season long against the state’s top teams. Currently 1-4 in the EDC and 2-5 overall, Devils Lake put together an extemely valiant effort last Friday in a loss to Grand Forks Red River.

After facing a 21-0 deficit early against the Roughriders, the Firebirds rattled off 20 straight points to get within one going into the fourth. Grand Forks Red River ultimately walked away with the win, but that didn’t take away a strong effort from the home team.

“Overall we were pleased with the way we played on Friday. We played with more emotion and excitement then we had the previous week. We just came up a little short on the scoreboard,” Schneider stated after the game.

The Devils Lake offense has had tremendous success through the air as of late. Quarterback Jacob Mertens is currently 68-of-135 passing for 972 yards and seven interceptions.

His top receiver has been Jordan Swanson with 355 yards and three touchdowns on 20 catches.

Runningback and returner Bradley Davidson is third in the conference for all-purpose yards.

He has racked up 1,068 yards between his rushes, catches and returns.

The Firebirds face an explosive Packer squad this Saturday. The team is led by an impressive passing attack behind the arm of Creighton Pfau.

“On offense, they are equal pass and run. They can spread the field but do have a very good runningback,” Schneider commented.

That runningback is Sam Olsen who has racked up 500 yards and six touchdowns on the ground this season.

Like usual, however, West Fargo is known for its defense. The Packers have allowed just 76 points in seven games.

“They are fast, physical, and very aggressive on defense,” Schneider commented.

After the West Fargo clash Saturday, the Firebirds will prepare for its regular season finale against West Fargo Sheyenne Oct. 24.