Aggies head for state championship game
The Velva Aggies are headed back to the state title game after a two year absence, and Coach Larry Sandy is feeling pretty good about that.
“It’s awesome,” he said. “It feels like it’s where we belong. You work all year for it, and if you don’t go, it just doesn’t feel right.”
The undefeated Aggies earned their way to the state championship game by putting down the number one ranked Watford City Wolves in Velva last Saturday, 24-14.
Velva took the lead early on, scoring in the opening minutes following a Watford turnover. Zach Podoll snagged a 17 yard Jon Mack pass for a touchdown with just two minutes gone. Garrett Wible added the point after and the Aggies were up 7-0.
“We knew they liked to run and spin around, and that leaves the ball open to fumbles,” Sandy said. “We knew if we could get an arm in there and wrap it up, we could force turnovers.”
Michael Wiest put up Velva’s next score, pounding out a 24 yard run into the endzone. Wible booted the point after and the first quarter ended with the Aggies up 14-0.
“It’s always nice to jump out to that early lead,” Sandy said. “It’s much better to play from on top than play catch-up.”
Watford did not go quietly, however, and with less than a minute to the half, jabbed in a touchdown and added the PT, putting the midway score at 14-7.
The Aggies struck back early in the third with a 29 yard field goal off Wible’s boot.
Deeper into the quarter, Watford came back to make things interesting with a touchdown and PAT, leaving the Aggies with a mere 3 point lead.
The fourth quarter was a nonproductive back and forth affair until Velva quarterback Jon Mack put his head down and ran 4 yards into the end zone for the touchdown. Wible nailed the kick and the Aggies led by 10 with 3 minutes on the scoreboard.