Head Coach: Humberto Rodriguez
First Season: 2014 - MPFL
Home Field: Sid Cichy Stadium @ Shanley High School
Colors: Tennessee Orange, Scarlet, White
We want to provide a fun, family-friendly atmosphere for everyone to enjoy football in the Fargo Area!
We're looking for dedicated, coachable players, as well as coaches and staff who are a great asset to our community. Whether you just got done playing Division 1, Junior College, no college, or flag football; if you're commited to us and willing to learn and grow, we're open to Welcome You. We will have a Player Handbook, with guidelines we expect everyone to adhire to.
Mission Statement (Excellence through teamwork)
Our vision for the program will be to carry on a program which will command the respect of the players, coaches, and be highly regarded in the community and among the other communities in the nation in helping players achieve their highest potential.
Further, teaching is our core, positive growth and development of athletes is our goal and the highest level of performance both in life, in social settings, and on the field of play is our target outcome.
Our mission is to work tirelessly and constantly to strive to be excellent at what we do through team work. With confidence in our priorities, we will not hesitate in the pursuit of being the best we can be.
To accomplish this we will:
exert our best efforts to promote and administer the program to be consistent with the highest aims and objectives of the community;
provide a competitive, culturally diverse, gender-equitable football program that operates within the rules and regulations of our staff, the league, and the governing body;
be organized and administered with the welfare of the players in mind;
be built upon integrity in the day-to-day operation of our program, honesty in our approach to each individual, a genuine concern for the best interests of our team and a professional commitment to assure that our players have the opportunity to succeed.
be strived to recruit fundamentally sound athletes who have the desire and motivation to succeed and to become responsible citizens;
help instill teamwork, fair play, social development, and a sense of responsibility in those athletes under our charge;
be conducted with respect, fairness, civility, honesty and responsibility; and
be developed in a family atmosphere between our players and coaches. To promote unity, pride, confidence, and a feeling of accountability to the team and the community.
Our program’s statement is the relentless pursuit of excellence. The word relentless in our philosophy means to never give up and always give your best effort.
Fargo Invaders Announce new Head Coaches
The Fargo Invaders are Proud to announce Co-Head Coaches! Brent Lundgren will be the Offensive Head Coach & Derek Bakken will be the Defensive Head Coach.
Both coaches return to the team from the 2014 Championship Season with aspiration to win another Title.
In the first year of existence, the Fargo Invaders win the Midwest Premier Football League going 8-2. The Invaders offense scored at least 31 points in 6 contests, while the defense never gave up more than 20 points. Out of the ten games, the Invaders outscored their opponents 356-113. Seven offensive players made the All Star teams, five from defense, and four specialists.
The Invaders capped off the season winning the Premier Bowl IV against the West Central Broncos 35-14.
The first play of the Premier Bowl went for a Touchdown, as Broncos Running Back Joel Bauman took a pitch up the left sidelines for an 80 yard touchdown. The Invaders defense would give up just 33 more rushing yards the rest of the game, 19 credited to Bauman. Fargo’s first series went for 30 yards before being forced to punt. On the 2nd play of the 2nd Broncos series, Jay Greenhill intercepted the pass from Brandon King; however the offense went 3 & out. The Invader defense quickly got the ball back again, forcing a punt after four plays. This setup a 4 play, 71 yard drive which included a 14 yard Nick Jackson completion, a 24 yard Kevin Irby completion, and two runs by Brandon Jones of 9 & 24 yards. With the score tied 7-7, the ensuing drive saw Martez Buchanan strip Bauman which was recovered by the Broncos; two plays later Rochenel JeanBaptiste intercepted Steve Peppin and returned it to the 14 yard line.
The Broncos defense tightened-up as the game moved to the second quarter, holding the Invaders to a 31-yard Field Goal by Lezan Tahir. The quarter continued with next two series showcasing Greenhill’s 2nd Interception, followed immediately by a Rene Vallejo interception; setting up the Broncos with good field position. It took the Broncos 6 plays and 34 yards to get Bauman’s second touchdown, this time from 6 yards out. The half winded down, with Tahir missing a 46-yard Field Goal wide-left; leaving the Broncos on top 14-10.
The League All Stars were honored at Halftime.
The Invaders came out of the gates showing their M.O. by pounding the rock. The first series covered 58 yards, capped by a 39-yard Tahir Field Goal. The defense was a spectacle to be seen in the second half, giving up just 24 total yards all half. The offense came right back the 2nd series gaining all 63 yards on the ground, with the touchdown coming on a Jones 17 yard run; a two-point conversion pass to Irby made the score 21-14 in favor of the home team.
The teams exchanged series while the Quarter rolled over. The Broncos were setup at the Invaders’ 31-yard line, poised to tie the game after a 51 yard Punt Return by Broncos’ Brandon King; when Ronald Buck stripped Bauman and Marcus Pratt scooped up the loose ball and took it 60 yards for the Invader Touchdown, with 9:30 left in the contest. After a few stops by both teams, Invaders’ Sam Weisz sacked King on 4th Down on the Bronco’s 5 yard line. Alex Becher finished off the scoring with a 3 yard QB Keeper with 1:30 left on the clock.
Check out the full game stats, and play-by-play at http://www.northernstatesfootballorg/game/show/7951816.
He went from playing in stadiums with thousands in attendance to playing on fields with hundreds.
It’s easy to throw around the “how the mighty have fallen” phrase when talking about Stauss, but it’s the shots to the ego that have taught him the most.
“It’s been a journey where I’ve really learned a lot,” said Stauss, whose Invaders take on the West Central Broncos at 7 p.m. today at Fargo Shanley High School for the league championship.
It was a benching by former NDSU coach Craig Bohl for the final three games in 2004, Stauss’ last memories of collegiate football, which made him who he is today.
“That was the year that I realized it’s not all about me,” Stauss said. “It’s more about the team chemistry and your teammates and the guy that you come up with in that locker room. That’s what you end up really remembering.
“You got the scores and you got the wins and losses, but the things you really take away are the relationships with the guys in the locker room. The platform that you have as a leader and a quarterback is you influence life.”
Stauss called the years 1997-99 some of the best years of his life.
He was traveling to football camps at places like Auburn University. He was getting Division I scholarships offers from Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Boston College, Northwestern and Western Michigan.
He threw for 3,181 yards and 29 touchdowns in 11 games as a senior at Horlick High School in his hometown of Racine, Wis.
Coaches were calling. He was ranked 28th among seniors by Rivals.com, and everyone kept telling him how great he was.
“It was a crazy time,” Stauss said. “You’re definitely told how great you are. You’re told from not only your parents to your classmates to everybody you know how great you are. It can really unnecessarily pump up your ego.”
Then, the ego took a hit.
After two years at Northwestern, Stauss left after starting just three games as a sophomore. Stauss’ former high school teammates Cory Vartanian and Mike Rhone got Stauss to come to NDSU.
Stauss was coming off an 8-3 season with NDSU, when he started all 11 games, throwing for 2,134 yards and 15 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
“What was special about 2003 was it was coach Bohl’s first year,” Stauss said. “You could just tell that he’d been at the big time, and I had a taste of the big time and we both hooked up to form a good (relationship). I feel like that was a banner year. People don’t really point at that year, but we got things rolling.”
NDSU started 5-3 in 2004 with Stauss throwing 11 touchdowns and 11 interceptions before the Bison won their last games with Steve Walker at quarterback.
Walker went on to throw for 7,033 yards and 60 touchdowns from 2004-07 with a 30-6 record as a starting quarterback for the Bison.
“I had a real rough season,” Stauss said. “I had five years in college and four offensive coordinators and we were transitioning to Division I. I learned I could get a little fired up on the field. That bit me more than once.”
Stauss was cut by the Green Bay Blizzard of the Professional Indoor League and played for the Fargo-Moorhead Liberty in 2008. The Liberty folded after the 2008 season and Stauss thought his playing days were over.
Just as he came to NDSU, Stauss came to the Invaders thanks to encouragement from another former teammate. This time it was a Liberty teammate and current Invaders linebacker Rochenel Jeanbaptiste.
“It was going to be a player-owned team,” Stauss said. “We raised $30,000 this year, and there’s not one guy that owns the team that calls all the shots, skips town and doesn’t pay all the bills. That was the main reason why I came out. I wanted to see this program have a good foundation.”
In nine games, Stauss has thrown for 910 yards, 10 touchdowns and nine interceptions on 65 pass attempts for the Invaders this season.
Stauss recently wrote an email to Invaders offensive coordinator Brent Lundgren saying the backup quarterback Alex Becher should get some more playing time.
“That doesn’t happen often,” Lundgren said. “He wants others to have success. What a great person to coach, incredible competitor, leads by example, perfect team player.”
The now computer programmer for StrataCom Inc. in Fargo is a different player and person than he was.
His decisions have gone from what college to play for to how much longer he wants to play.
“I have a decision to make at the end of this year, whether to play or coach or anything,” Stauss said. “I can definitely tell my age. I feel like the Fargo Invaders are going to be around for a while.”
Original Article can be found at Inforum.com.
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