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Page 8 THEWALSH COUNTY PRESS WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 20 7 By Kevin Skavhaug In the Press Box .... There are, it seems, al- ways days like last Friday. Once every year on Friday nights there are football games where the weather provides as many high- lights as the teams that are playing. Last Friday was one of those nights. After starting the season with three beautiful Fri- day nights, the rain and wind and cold showed up all across the state. Some games were cancelled but not the one in Rugby. So the boys braved the ele- ments and although it was- n't fun, they won handily against the Panthers. But we really can't com- plain. Over the past dozen or so seasons, there have been few nights, or days, when playing the game be- came downright unenjoy- able. Even the playoff Sat- urdays in late October and early November haven't been too bad. Watching from the stands last Friday in Rug- by it wasn't hard to tell just how bad it was. Anyone who tried to use an um- brella gave up on that idea either after the wind snapped it in half or sent it airborne somewhere deep into Pierce County. If you didn't have a rain suit and tried to be outside, well, that was your own fault. I'm assuming many decided to sit this one out inside their car. Viewing was probably spotty at best with the way the parking and field were situated to each other. As I mentioned, lately football seasons have been pretty decent, I can re- member only a couple games that were downright miserable. A playoff game at Griggs County about 15 or so years ago was pretty horrible. It was very cold, snowy and the winds were gale force. The windchill had to be near zero de- grees for the entire game. But the worst I ever ex- perienced was a game in Lafimore way back in 1976 or it might have been 1977. It was a late October Friday night. It had been raining hard most of the day and around 5:00 the rain'turned to snow. By the time the game started there was a good six inches of wet snow on the ground. It con- tinued to snow harder all night. Wet, cold feet. Hands ice cold that only got cold- er when you .had to get into your set position and put one in the snow. I think -we had a quick count on every play that night. The footballs were wet, cold and hard. This was the old days.., there were no receiver gloves, Under Ar- mour leggings, or helmet liners. It was also the day when you dressed in your home locker room and rode a cold, not very modern bus home in your soaking wet uniform. I think we lost a few to hypothermia that night. Hopefully last Friday was .the worst of it for this season. What'with global warming, it should be. I'm forecasting a beautiful night this Friday for homecom- ing. At least it will be in the press box. North Star Greenouse Remaining Yard Decoration and Pl nters Including four varieties of Cheesecake, Oreo Chocolate Mousse and Strawberry Surprise. No lh Star Kite n Monday-Saturday: 6am-9pm Sunday: 10am-8pm Hot Stuff Pizza Large Pan Single Topping Pizzas $10 Subs, Sandwiches, Appetizers, Salads available Noon Specials Mon - Chinese Cuisine Tues - Tacos *Wed - Turkey *Thurs - Roast Beef !Fri - Chicken Fried Steak *.adlare served with ~tatoes and v~gie~ ahead (7Ol) 284-7007 Photos: Larry Bid By Kevin Skavhaug of The Press RUGBY, N.D.- As potent as the Aggie offense has been the past two weeks, the defense might just be more lethal. For the second week in a row the Aggie defense pitched a shutout as they defeated the Rugby Panthers 30-0 on a cold, wet and windy night in Rug- by. The Aggies would start the scoring thanks to their defense. A fumble recovery by Caden Seim near midfield after an Aggie punt gave the Aggies the ball back af- ter a three and out on their first possession. The Aggies would then drive 55 yards in nine plays capping it off with .a 15-yard touchdown run by Adam Zaval- ney. It would be the first of four touchdowns on the night for the junior quarterback. The conversion was good mak- ing it 8-0 after one quarter. In the second the Aggie defense pro- vided the recipe for another score. After stuffing the Panthers deep in. their own end, a high snap through the end zone over the head of the punter resulted in a safety. The 10- 0 score would stand until halftime. Neither team would score in the third. Rugby had it's best oppor- tunity of the game however .when they recovered an Aggie fumble at the PRA 34. The Panthers would drive to the 10 before the Aggie defense stiffened and took over on downs. The Aggie defensive front and linebackers were stellar all game. Tanner Jelinek, Zachar Hell, Callan Hunter especially played strong up front while Zachary Bosh, Sam Sveen and Caden Seim took care of anything that made the second level. Wyatt Jelinek also had a great game coming in at a defensive end position. The Pan- thers were held to less than 100 yards total offense on the night. The Aggies would add 20 points in the fourth thanks in part to a myriad of Panther turnovers. The Panthers would turn the ball over nine times on the night and ./ the Aggies would score on three of them in the fourth, quarter. Zaval- ney would add touchdown runs of 5, 2 and 1 yards to end the scoring. Zavalney would lead the Aggies in rushing with 160 yards. Because of the playing conditions, the Ag- gies did not attempt one pass in the game. Park River Area will host Har- vey this Friday in the Aggie home- coming .game. Top: Aggie linebad r Zachaly Bosh reaches out to make the tadde on a Rugby runner. The Aggies domi- nated the defensive and offensive line in the 30-0 win over Rugby. Bot- tom Left: Park River Area quarter- Mam .7.ay-_al tuns bahind block of Tanner delinelc Both Aggie lines dominated the play as Adam scored four touchdowns running 1he ball 26limes for 111 yards in the 30-0 win over.Rugby. Bottom Right: Aggies Callan Hunter forces afum- ble in the Aggies 300 win over Rug- by Friday night in Rugby. ~Y4t .....