2014 Fall Football Camp Tour: West Fargo Packers
West Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) – All the attention in West Fargo these days seems to be centered on the new high school and the Mustangs, but the Packers plan to remind everyone in the EDC they will be contenders.
Jay Gibson is back for his 24th season at the helm, they're coming off a 4-5 year in 2013 and a first round playoff exit, and the Packers bring back 14 starters, just part of an experienced team ready to make some noise.
If you're looking for a word to describe the West Fargo Packer football team this season, experienced would be a good one. The team features 36 seniors who say the growing pains are over.
Zach Mohs/West Fargo Senior OL/DL: "I fell like our entire team has a lot of pressure lifted. They all know what happens when you step on the field. All of the returning starters that got the playing time last year, it helps tremendously."
Zach Larson/West Fargo Senior LB: "We got a lot of potential this year with all the seniors we got. We're just one big family I guess. Everyone works well together."
Head Coach Jay Gibson says the youth showed at times last season. Even though the team finished below 500, he says they actually exceeded expectations.
Jay Gibson/24th Year as West Fargo Head Coach: "The last two games we lost both in the last minute. The other teams were obviously better because they are the ones who made the plays in the last minute. In a way we over achieved because we did not have a strong team. We had so many underclassmen playing. You come back to the seniors. We have so many seniors this year, the leadership is better."
The last two seasons for the Packers have ended with losses to Bismarck in the state tournament, leaving this group of seniors determined to have a different outcome this time around.
Larson: "Both seasons we were taken out first round. I mean my sophomore and junior year taken out first round by Bismarck. So I hope we see them in the playoffs this year."
Mohs: "We want to stop that. South of course being the reigning champs. We want to knock them off right away."
The Packers won't wait long to have their first crack at Bismarck, facing them on the road on week two.
Packers season opener will be at home against a solid Minot team.