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Packers fall to Demons, drop to 0-2

West Fargo’s Jacob Hoy (20) drives through Bismarck’s defense during the Friday game at West Fargo High School. Carrie Snyder / Forum News Service

What is the best thing for a team that lost 20 starters in the offseason? The wrong answer to that question is to have them play two of the west’s strongest teams in its first two games, but that is what happened to West Fargo.

The inexperienced Packer football team faced off against the reigning state champions, the Bismarck Demons, on Friday night. They put up a fight, but ultimately lost 31-14.

The Packers started the game with an 81-yard kick return from senior kick returner Jacob Blotsky, which brought the team to the Bismarck 1-yard line for their first offensive possession. Junior running back Sam Olsen ran it in from there to give West Fargo an early 6-0 lead.

The Demons bounced back, taking a 10-6 lead to the end of the first quarter, but junior quarterback Jacob Hoy responded with a 63-yard touchdown run on the first play of second. Hoy ended the game with 75 rushing yards. He also took a few snaps at wide receiver, catching two passes for 17 yards.

The Demons did not stay off the board for long, scoring on an 11-yard passing play with just under three minutes left in the half and giving Bismarck a three-point lead.

The Packers offense stalled in the second half, and two long Bismarck scoring drives -- long in both distance and time -- sank West Fargo’s hopes of a victory.

The currently winless Packers will play their first conference game of the season on Friday night, travelling to Fargo North for a 7 p.m. game.