Packers' football run stops at 4 after loss to Red River
The Packers four-game winning streak came to a halt on Saturday evening, thanks to a late field and an interception that allowed Grand Forks Red River to edge West Fargo 15-14.
“I thought we played well,” head coach Jay Gibson said. “They just made one more play than we did. It was a fun game to watch if you just like football and weren’t rooting for either team. I was very pleased.”
The Packers’ top rusher, junior Sam Olsen, was out with a shoulder injury, but that didn’t slow down the team’s rusing attack, as senior running back Matt Pyle stepped in to earn 77 yards on 19 carries, and senior quarterback Scott Cameron had 82 yards - 74 in the second half -on 17 carries.
“Those two ran the ball really well for us,” Gibson said. “Matt had to go two ways (play offense and defense), which was something new for him. You could tell he was getting tired in the fourth, but he stepped in and played great.”
Cameron completed just four passes, but for 101 yards, including a 28-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Jacob Blotsky in the second quarter and a 52-yard pass to sophomore Jayden Nicholson.
With four teams tied with a 4-1 conference record, the Packers’ next game on Friday at Fargo Davies is a crucial one, as a win will guarantee home-field advantage in the first round of the playoffs. If they win and Red River loses their game against Fargo South, the Packers will be the EDC champions.
Kickoff on Friday is set for 7 p.m.