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West Fargo's Bennett Rindy (5) scores a touchdown against Fargo Davies during the Friday, Sept. 7, game in Fargo. Carrie Snyder / West Fargo Pioneer

Packers get first win of season

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The Fargo-Davies Eagles celebrated their homecoming on Friday night, but the Packers gave them no reason to celebrate, flattening the Eagles by a score of 41-7.

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"It was a big game," Packers' coach Jay Gibson said. "I'm hoping it's a boost in the arm."

"Turnovers were huge for us," said Gibson, whose team pulled in three interceptions. "Whether you want to say they gave them to us or we took them away, it's a big deal."

The highlight of the night came from senior defensive end Brody Mertz, who tipped an Eagles' pass into the air, caught it himself and ran it in for six points.

"That's as good a play as I've seen in a few years," Gibson said.

Along with a stellar defensive performance, the pass-happy Packers also impressed with it's running game, as senior running back Preston Lehmann had 16 carries for 60 yards and three touchdowns.

"Preston might not get many 80-yard runs, but you'll feel it when you tackle him," Gibson said. "I'm really happy for him. He did a nice job." The Packers will play Williston, a team with a lot of size on the line, for homecoming on Friday night.

"We may have trouble moving them," said Gibson, "but they'll have plenty of trouble with us."

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