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West Fargo quarterback Matt Ruff finds room to run as he carries the ball within scoring distance during the second quarter of last Friday's game against Fargo South. Dave Wallis/The Forum

PACKERS USURP NO. 1

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The West Fargo football team was having a darn good season before last Friday's game against Fargo South.

But after the game, it can safely be said that the Packers aren't having a good year - they're having a banner one.

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West Fargo (3-0 EDC, 5-1 overall) took sole possession of the No. 1 spot in the Eastern Dakota Conference with a 25-21 last-ditch win over the Bruins (2-1, 5-1).

Trailing 21-12 going into the fourth quarter, the Packers needed to make up a lot of ground in a short amount of time. Enter wide receiver Drew Lemke. With a little more than six minutes to go, the senior went 25 yards for the score off a pass by quarterback Matt Ruff to put the Packers within striking distance.

The ensuing kickoff put the ball back in the Bruins' hands, so it was up to West Fargo's defense to stop them.

The Packers D-line was a brick wall. Fargo South made it only a yard on the first running play, and was stopped dead at the line of scrimmage on the next. Then quarterback Griffin Neal overthrew on third down and the Bruins were forced to punt.

With the clock ticking, this likely would be West Fargo's last chance.

Starting from their own 30-yard line, the Packers gradually worked down the field. It took 15 plays and two fourth-down conversions, but West Fargo eventually found itself inside the 20-yard line. Ruff saw the opportunity and spotted wide receiver Brady Schwarts, but overthrew the ball.

The Packers were undeterred.

On the next play, Ruff took the snap and sent the ball sailing to Troy Osmanski for a 17-yard touchdown reception. The two-point conversion failed, but West Fargo still was up by four points with 28 seconds to go.

South still had a chance, but West Fargo's Jon Pistorius made sure it was a small one.

On the Bruins' second play, Pistorius picked off a Neal pass for his second interception of the night. The Packers took a knee and the game was over.

Ruff went 12 of 24 passing for 228 yards and two scores. He also led the Packers on the ground with two rushing touchdowns and 87 total yards. Shane Siverson was second in line with 21 yards on 15 attempts.

Pistorius had 120 yards catching on four receptions.

On defense, the Packers were led by Jordan Gleason with seven tackles, while Tyler Kennedy and Tanner Fontaine each picked up a sack.

West Fargo faces another EDC foe this Friday. No. 4 Fargo North (2-1, 3-2) will be at Packer Field for a 7 p.m. kickoff. The Spartans are coming off two straight wins after defeating Grand Forks Central and, more recently, Fargo Davies.

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