Aggies advance to semifinals
Following another tough battle with the Harvey Hornets, the Aggies have to face one more opponent to make their way back to the FargoDome and the State A title game.
Last Saturday, Velva hosted Harvey in a hard hitting match-up that ended in an 18-12 win for the Aggies.
“It was a typical, hard-hitting Velva-Harvey game,” said Velva Head Coach Larry Sandy. “We played well enough to win, and anytime you can win this time of the year, you take it.”
In the game, the Aggies pulled out to a 12-0 lead before letting the Hornets on the scoreboard.
With 2 minutes left in the first quarter, Michael Wiest went on a 62 yard trek to the end zone. Then about halfway through the second period, Collin Kittelson paired up with quarterback Jon Mack for a 30 yard reception and the score.
About a minute later, Harvey put 6 points on the board, putting the halftime score at 12-6.
The two teams shut each other down in the third quarter, so it was the fourth before anyone made another mark.
Then, it was Mack going one yard on a quarterback keeper. With less than 5 minutes on the clock, Harvey turned in another touchdown, but then Velva ran out the clock, taking a knee.
The Aggies put down 203 yards in 43 rushing attempts while Harvey pounded out 86 yards in 27 carries.
Mack completed 8 of 16 passes for 114 yards and Harvey connected on 7 of 15 tries for 179 yards. Each team punted three times, and Harvey turned the ball over twice.
The win puts the Aggies up against the top-ranked Watford City Wolves, last year’s state AA champions.
“They’re a solid team, and we can’t find any glaring weaknesses,” Sandy said. “They’re solid up front, good skill positions, and a good quarterback.”
Sandy is looking for the Wolves to run a power game, but “spread out the field once in a while.”
“We should match up well,” he concluded. “If both teams play up to their abilities, it should be a heck of a game.”
Kick off for the semifinal game is 2 p.m. this Saturday in Velva.