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Packers shut out Fargo North

Coming off a loss against the conference-leading Fargo South Bruins, the Packers bounced back in a big way, drubbing the Fargo North Spartans 24-0 on Friday night.

"It was a good game," head coach Jay Gibson said. "We sure had a lot of guys step up and really play well."

In a game without wide receiver Jaime Heinen, tight end/linebacker Caleb Mattila, lineman Jonah Vane and quarterback Nick Roehrich (who will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury), the Packers second-stringers came up and played a solid game to keep the team in contention for a conference title.

"It's a good lesson for the guy on the team who is not the star," Gibson said. "If you're not a starter, you're only a play away, and you need to be ready."

With Roehrich done for the year, Gibson rotated between quarterbacks Justin Heisler, who completed five of 10 passes for 82 yards, and Jacob Hoy, who completed all three of his pass attempts for 43 yards.

"I've got a feeling that we are going to continue this rotation, at least through the regular season," Gibson said. "Both did a really nice job running the offense. They were really on the money"

West Fargo got another big night from senior Preston Lehmann, who carried the ball 17 times for 88 yards and three of the team's four touchdowns.

Shelby Schulz and Miles Scholl also chipped in on the rushing attack. The two combined for 52 yards rushing, and Schulz ran in the final touchdown of the game.

The defense had a nose for the ball throughout the game as they had two sacks and two forced fumbles.

Junior linebacker also aided the defense by pulling in two interceptions.

The Packers are currently second in the Eastern Dakota Conference with a conference record of 3-1 and an overall record of 4-3.

They will host the Devils Lake Firebirds on Friday night in a game Coach Gibson says will be very physical.

"Devils Lake is a good team, but they have a tendency of giving up a big play," Gibson said. "Hopefully we can get in on that."

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.