Wahpeton preparing for state championship game on FridayWahpeton, ND (WDAY TV) - It's Dakota Bowl week, and for Wahpeton it's been a long wait, the Huskies will meet St. Mary's in the championship game on Friday, their first appearance in the title game, since finishing as runner-up in 1998.
By: Jody Norstedt, WDAY
Wahpeton, ND (WDAY TV) - It's Dakota Bowl week, and for Wahpeton it's been a long wait, the Huskies will meet St. Mary's in the championship game on Friday, their first appearance in the title game, since finishing as runner-up in 1998.
It's picture day in Wahpeton, the reason? The Huskies are getting face time on the Dakota Bowl television broadcast for being one of the last 8 teams standing in North Dakota.
Hunter McCall/Wahpeton Sr. Center: “It's really exciting because it's what we've dreamed about since we were freshmen.”
Jon Sauer/Wahpeton Sr. Nose Guard: “Not many people get the opportunity to be able to play in a state title game like that and I just feel blessed.”
Offense has led the way for the Huskies this season, Quarterback Jack Christensen has thrown for 20 touchdowns, while running back Brock Lingen has added 20 on the ground, helping the Huskies average a state-best 39 points per game.
Brian Dokken/4th Year Wahpeton Head Coach: “We feel we have a balanced attack. The fact that we'll have the ability to do whatever we can do to get a victory is going to be helpful.”
The Huskies defense is no slouch either, in last week's semifinal win over Bishop Ryan, Wahpeton stopped the Lions 5 times on 4th down.
Dokken: “The confidence level of our team has to be sky high after that and hopefully we can just keep that going into this Friday.”
McCall: “When you stop the other team on the goal-line, the momentum just shifts completely to your side. Then your offense gets going and everything starts to work.”
Like most high schools, Wahpeton hangs up championship banners in its gymnasium.
It has been awhile since the football one has had to be updated. The Huskies last state championship came back in 1971, before even the head coach Brian Dokken was born.
Dokken: “There's a lot of guys that have came through this program since I've been here that have gave their heart and soul to this program and came up short and never had this opportunity to play for a state title. We'd love nothing more than to hoist one up for them too.”
Jake Christensen/Wahpeton Sr. Quarterback: “It would be really nice. You know, senior year, go out on top and give Wahpeton another one. That would be really nice.”