Wolves gear up for another postseason run
By Kyle Mayhugh/Williston Herald
Published/Last Modified on Friday, October 22, 2010 11:14 AM CDT
WATFORD CITY �” The Watford City Wolves begin their yearly trek through the second season with a home game against Lewis and Clark-Our Redeemers on Saturday at 2 p.m.
The Wolves are again undefeated going into the postseason, reeling off nine straight wins to this point. They've allowed just 34 points in those nine games, including five shutouts.
The offense started a little slower, but has put up 218 points in the final four games, and the team has outscored opponents 335-34.
"We've been getting better every week, and we've been getting more consistent all year on defense," said coach Fred Fridley, who has run his career record to 305-89 and is looking for his 10th state title. "The offense has picked it up lately and moved the ball really well. We're using balance of the pass and the run effectively to keep teams off-balance, and that's the key to our offense."
The Wolves are consistent participants in the playoffs, which gives them a big edge in experience each year. "I think it is always a big benefit to a team, if they can return people," Fridley said. "We're very blessed to have skilled people with speed and good catching ability, so we don't have to favor one person."
Early in the year, the Wolves knew they were returning plenty of skill position starters, but had to mix in some younger and inexperienced linemen, especially at tackle.
"I think they've come along. That's one reason our offense has gotten better every week," Fridley said. "Our tackles, Bradlyn Fettig and Douglas Rolfson, have really upped their game as the season went along, and that was the two key positions that we were most concerned about. I'm very happy with their progress and their progress has made us a better football team."