FARGO, N.D. -- If there is such thing as complete domination in high school football the Pierz Pioneers football fans witnessed it Friday at the Fargodome.
In the Section 8, Class 2A championship, the Pierz defense was relentless. The sixth-seeded Frazee Hornets managed just 10 first-half yards and could muster only 87 more against Pierz's second-string defense in the second half.
The Pioneers intercepted three passes with all three setting up scores.
"We knew our offense would be able to move the ball," said senior captain Craig Luberts. "We just wanted to play strong on defense to stop their run."
The Pirate defense did stop the Frazee run. Of the Hornets' 30 rushing attempts, 11 went for one yard or less.
"We had a sophomore at nose guard that did a great job," said Pierz captain Steve Doroff. "We had a junior at right defensive tackle that did a great job. Everyone in our secondary did a great job. We had a team effort on the defense and that was great."
Special teams were special
Sophomore kicker Jeremy Monson had just as many points as Frazee. Going 7-for-7 on extra point kicks was just a part of the job he did.
Only twice did Frazee make it past the 50 yard line and both were because of penalties.
Monson, along with a strong coverage team, was able to pin the Hornets deep in their territory after every score.
"Special teams have always been good for us over the years," said Pierz coach Leo Pohlkamp. "I think our kickoff coverage really played well. We have a sophomore kicker in Jeremy Monson, who kicks it down to the five and we just covered them.
"Special teams are a big part of the game. You have to have a complete team and we're clicking on all cylinders."
The Pioneers were able to control the field position the entire game and quarterback Joe Kahl and the offense didn't waste time as they scored on every first-half possession.
"They've been a big help the whole year," said Kahl. "We kick it down there and the coverage team is down there swarming on the ball right away. A lot of teams aren't able to get good field position and that's huge and that's a big key to this game."
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