New Rivialry will form in high school football when Sheyenne High School OpensWest Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The landscape of sports in West Fargo will change forever when Sheyenne High School opens, but tonight we got a sneak preview of what things will look like as the new kids on the block met up with their classmates from West Fargo.
By: Jody Norstedt, WDAY
West Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The landscape of sports in West Fargo will change forever when Sheyenne High School opens, but tonight we got a sneak preview of what things will look like as the new kids on the block met up with their classmates from West Fargo.
To those who think this is just another junior varsity game, think again.
Skyler Angeles- Sheyenne Sophomore Running Back/Safety: “You know, if we can pull off a win it's bragging rights. And we can kind of show the schools around here that we're not really pushovers.
Creighton Pfau- West Fargo Sophomore Quarterback: “It's going to be a big rivalry in a couple of years. It all starts now. So, we have to get it started off right with a win.”
While Fargo has had multiple schools for decades, this is all new for West Fargo.
And for the first time tonight it's West Fargo against West Fargo, as in the Packers against the Mustangs.
Jeremy Newton- Sheyenne Head Coach: “In this game you just try to dispel any of that stuff and just try to move onto the real game and try not to let them focus on playing their buddies or the new school versus the old school.
Nate Knudsen- West Fargo JV Coach: “I think it's a great opportunity for kids to be able to play. And maybe start a new rivalry.”
West Fargo players: “We're starting a rivalry here; let's show them what the linebackers of West Fargo can do. “
Pfau: This is football and they're not our friends right now, so we just need to go out and play hard.
Tyler Everson- Sheyenne Sophomore Tight End/Defensive End: “I feel like it's pretty important that we make a stand for ourselves and show that we're capable of playing.”
Changes can also be seen in the crowd, a community once painted green, now has Sheyenne's blue and orange mixed in. But, the parents are enjoying the new rivalry too.
Kim Belgarde – Sheyenne Parent: “I think they have a good competitive spirit. They razz each other at school and coming out and play hard. But, I think when the game is over they'll leave the field as friends.”
Friends who will get to see plenty of one another on the football field for the next few years.
The Packers beat the Mustangs tonight, 30-8.
Sheyenne will field a varsity team next fall; they have already played one varsity team in Kindred last month.