Mustangs run past Riders
Nathan Schumacher's 58-yard return of a fumble for a touchdown Thursday was significant for two reasons.
The score, with 3:17 left in the game, marked the first time all season that Grand Forks Red River High School's football team received a touchdown from its defensive unit. And it marked the first time in the game that West Fargo Sheyenne didn't turn a possession into a touchdown.
The Mustangs scored on their first six possessions in running to a 41-15 win at Cushman Field.
Sheyenne won with its methodical running game. Mustangs quarterback Parker Sander threw only two passes, completing both for 55 yards and a touchdown. Their veer option offense rushed for 336 yards on 59 carries.
"We couldn't stop them,'' Red River coach Vyrn Muir said. "They were better up front. Their fullback (Jason Gaulrapp) is a load to bring down. And they have four guys who carry the ball and can get yards.
"And they're tough to prepare for. You can't simulate what they do in that offense in practice. It's so much faster in games.''
Gaulrapp had rushing touchdowns of 7, 52 and 8 yards. Nathan Goldade (70 yards rushing) added running TDs of 3 and 7 yards and caught a 32-yard scoring pass from Sander.
"We were pretty efficient tonight,'' Mustangs coach Jeremy Newton said. "We executed well. Jason really ran well, probably the best he's run all year. When he gets defenses focused on him, that opens things up for everybody.
"It was kind of windy to pass. We do like to throw a little more than that.''
The pass was Red River's most efficient weapon. Sophomore Parker Monette was 12-of-19 passing for 103 yards, the first 100-yard passing game of his career. Favorite target Nick Wood had five catches for 55 yards.
On the Roughrider offense's one scoring drive for a touchdown, Monette drove the team 65 yards for the score, completing 7-of-8 passes for 65 yards. Tyler Burian capped the second-quarter drive with a leaping pass at the goal line for a 5-yard TD reception.
"The run wasn't there for us tonight,'' Muir said. "But we threw pretty well. Parker made some good plays.''
Red River also received a 41-yard field goal from Tyler Hoffarth, the senior's first field goal of the season.
Red River dropped to 0-8 with the loss. Sheyenne improved to 6-2.