WEST FARGO — A pair of crosstown rivals will go head-to-head Friday, Nov. 8, and the winner earns a spot in the Dakota Bowl.

The Division AAA semifinal puts West Fargo against Sheyenne.

The Packers ended on the losing side earlier this season with a 21-6 loss to the Mustangs, but West Fargo players said they made a lot of mistakes the first time around, including false starts and other penalties.

"This is going to be the most intense game I know any of us have ever had — even the state championship game back in 2017," said West Fargo senior quarterback Dustin Mertz. "Not even that can compare to the magnitude that this game has for us."

"It's my senior year, I don't want lose to Sheyenne, (it's) win or go home," said West Fargo senior lineman Ben Anderson. "It's going to be (a) statement game for us, it's a rivalry game and we really want to win this game, too."

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The last time West Fargo defeated Sheyenne was in 2017 in a game that ended 49-19. The semifinal starts Friday at 7 p.m.