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Mattern gets first win as Shanley head coach in thriller over Jamestown

Saturday, August 26, 2017   (0 Comments)
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FARGO—The last time Fargo Shanley's football team was on the Sid Cichy Stadium turf, the Deacons were watching Kindred celebrate a trip to the Class 2A state title game. The Vikings used a 33-yard touchdown pass at the buzzer to break a tie, after trailing by 22 midway through the third.

Shanley senior captain Jake Kava was on the 30-yard line as that pass went up and thought there was no way the Kindred tight end was going to catch it.

"That feeling sucked, and that's kind of what propelled us all offseason," Kava said. "Putting that work in the offseason, that's what we had in the back of our minds."

On Friday, Aug. 25, there was Jamestown in the exact same spot, on the Shanley 33-yard line, trailing by seven with 1 minute, 33 seconds remaining in the season opener for both teams. This time Shanley got the stop, as the defense, which had five sacks Friday, swarmed Jamestown quarterback Tommy Falk on fourth down and Brandon Rostberg took him down to seal a 14-7 win.

"We have a good number of guys from last year's team and we look back at that Kindred game," Kava said. "That was a big stop for us. It's a family. If one of our guys makes a mistake there's 10 other guys to pick him up."

The defense picked up Shanley quarterback Kaden Kueneman, after his fumble on the previous Shanley possession gave Jamestown the ball with 3:39 remaining. Kueneman stood helpless on the sideline, exactly where he was last season when Kindred ended it.

"Huge mistake by me obviously," said Kueneman, who completed 16 of 25 passes for 170 yards and a touchdown. "They played an incredible drive there and really stepped up when adversity hit. It was a great team effort. Obviously, we didn't want (what happened against Kindred) to happen again tonight."

On fourth-and-goal from the 3-yard line, Cole Frederichs found the end zone to open the scoring for Shanley in the second quarter. The Deacons struck with four seconds remaining in the first half when Kueneman found Cam Saville in the corner of the end zone for an 18-yard touchdown pass.

The feeling was familiar for the Deacons. The Deacons had a 52-yard pass with two seconds left in the half to take a 29-7 lead on Kindred last season.

"Nice thing as a coach is you didn't have to say anything because they remember last year, and it was quite vivid in their minds, and really that's what fueled their offseason," said Shanley coach Troy Mattern, who picked up his first win as head coach of the Deacons.

After leaving the game briefly with leg cramps, Kueneman threw an interception on his first play back with 9:06 to go. Jamestown, which moved from Class 3A to 2A this season, marched 69 yards to cut the lead to 14-7 with 5:45 to go on a 6-yard touchdown run by Zach Petrek.

"We learned that it's not over 'til the fat lady sings," Jamestown coach Bill Nelson said. "We played a heck of a second half. We played like we're capable of playing. We've told the kids that if you want to go anywhere in 2A football you're probably going to have go through Shanley and have to go through St. Mary's later on in the season."

Deacons tried to drain the clock on the ensuing possession, but Kueneman fumbled, and the game was left in the defense's hands. The Deacons didn't let it go.

"We faced a lot of adversity, and what we faced tonight will go a long ways throughout the whole season," Mattern said. "I think the biggest thing going in was the question of our mental toughness, but I think a lot of it got answered tonight."

J 0 0 0 7--7

F 0 14 0 0--14

F-Frederichs 3 run (Busch kick)

F-Saville 18 pass from Kueneman (Busch kick)

J-Petrek 6 run (Fuchs kick)


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