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North drops Packers to 0-3 in the EDC

West Fargo freshman Carson Hegerle hauls in atouchdown reception from quarterback Cooper Sahli last Friday night at Fargo North. Darren Gibbins / The Forum

Already on life support coming in, the plug may have been pulled on the Packer football team's state tournament hopes Friday.

Caleb Fritel ran for 177 yards and two touchdowns, Peyton Fisher added 91 more, including a back-breaking 70-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter and Fargo North topped the Packers 26-22.

The night began perfectly for the Packers, who needed just 15 seconds to find the end zone on an 89-yard opening kickoff return by Carter Morse.

But the Spartans, who'd scored just 14 points during a four-game losing streak, found a rhythm behind their run game. Fisher and Fritel scored on runs of 5 and 78 yards respectively in the first quarter, then Fritel added a 9-yard run in the second to break a 14-14 tie.

Fisher then delivered the nail in the coffin in the fourth period, givingNorth a two-possession lead with under 10 minutes to play on his 70-yard scamper.

Outgained 288-15 on the ground, the Packers had to lean on the passing game, which struggled again with turnovers. Cooper Sahli threw for 279 yards, but was picked off four times.

Dustin Mertz had 97 yards receiving, while Luke Lennon added 90 and scored a 3-yard touchdown run with eight seconds remaining.

Carson Hegerle added a receiving touchdown in the second quarter on a 26-yard pass from Sahli.

The 1-5 Packers are now 0-3 in the EDC. They host Fargo South, which is unbeaten in conference play, at 7 p.m. Friday.