First Season: 2013 - MPFL
Home Field: Peterson Field, New London HS
Colors: Blue, Orange
New London — Mickell Maloyd rushed for 127 yards and a touchdown to help the West Central Broncos stymie the Midwest Monarchs 23-6 on Saturday.
West Central ran for 331 yards as a team as Cameron Halverson piled up 71 yards on just seven carries and Josh Hall added 69 yards on seven touches.
Hall also threw a 43-yard scoring strike to Cameo King in the first quarter. Tre Scott hauled in a 19-yard touchdown pass from Steve Peppin in the second quarter.
Maloyd followed the Midwest score with an eight-yard run that capped the scoring.
Jarrett McAllister ignited the Broncos defense with 11 tackles and an interception. Rene, Eric Johnson and Cam Young also had a pick, while Blake Williams and Patricio Lopez both had a fumble recovery.
The Broncos host the Midwest Nightmare on July 11 at NLS High School at 7 p.m. with playoff implications on the line.
West Central 23, Midwest 6
Midwest 0 0 6 0 — 6
West Central 8 8 7 0 — 23
WC – Cameo King 43 pass from Josh Hall (Mickell Maloyd run)
WC – Tre Scott 19 pass from Steve Peppin (Maloyd run)
Mid – Michael Wilson 88 fumble recovery (2-point conversion failed)
WC – Maloyd 8 run (Abdi Yusuf kick)
Rushing: Mickell Maloyd 15-127, Cameron Halverson 7-71, Josh Hall 7-69, Tre Scott 3-31, Jarrett McAllister 1-23, Andrew Best 2-10 … Passing: Josh Hall 3-6-61-0, Steve Peppin 2-5-27-0 ... Receiving: King 3-61, Scott 1-19, Maloyd 1-8 … Interceptions: McAllister 1, Rene 1, Eric Johnson 1, Cam Young 1 … Fumble recoveries: Blake Williams 1, Patricio Lopez 1 … Tackles: McAllister 11, Rene 7, Williams 7, Lopez 6, RJ Gayden 6, Johnson 5, Maloyd 4, Young 2
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.
FARGO — A promsing start wasn’t enough for the West Central Broncos in their Premier Football League title game against the Fargo Invaders on Saturday.
The Broncos led by four at halftime but the Invaders ran off 25 straight points in the second half to prevail 35-14 in Premier Bowl IV at Sid Cichy Stadium at Shanley High School.
The Broncos, who came into the game on a five-game winning streak, ended their second season in the league at 6-4. The Invaders won two of three against the Broncos this season and finished 8-2.
“We fell short in the championship game,” said quarterback Steve Peppin. “However, I am extremely proud of our football team, fans and supporters. It has brought great joy to my life to see these men become better men on and off the field through football.”
The Broncos seemed destined for a better fate when running back Joel Bauman zipped 80 yards for a touchdown just 13 seconds into the game.
A Brandon Jones touchdown run and a Lezan Tahir 31-yard field goal put Fargo up 10-7 early in the second quarter. But Bauman struck again, barreling into the end zone from 6 yards out to put the Broncos up 14-10, a lead they took into halftime.
The Broncos had a tough time generating offense in the second half and the second half and the Invaders took command in the third quarter.
Tahir hit a 39-yard field goal to pull the Invaders within one at 14-13, and Jones ran 17 yards for his second touchdown with 1:45 left in the quarter. A two-point conversion put the Invaders ahead 21-14.
The big blow came at 9:30 of the fourth quarter, when Bauman lost a fumble at the Fargo 40 yard line and the Invaders’ Marcus Pratt scooped up the ball and raced 40 yards for a TD that made it 28-14.
Fargo’s defense continued to stymie the Broncos and Alex Becher put the game completely out of reach with a 3-yard scoring run with 90 seconds left in the game.
The Broncos were held to just 8 completions in 20 attempts and 70 yards. Bauman ran for 99 yards on 19 carries.
The Invaders’ Jones finished with 126 yards on 23 carries.
West Central 14
Broncos (6-4)..................7 7 0 0 — 14
Invaders (8-2).................7 3 11 14 — 35
WC – Joel Bauman 80 run (Keon Thomas kick)
F – Brandon Jones 24 run (Lezan Tahir kick)
F – Tahir 31 field goal
WC – Bauman 6 run (Thomas kick)
F – Tahir 39 field goal
F – Jones 17 run (Kevin Irby pass from Tony Stauss)
F – Marcus Pratt 60 fumble return (Tahir kick)
F – Alex Becher 3 run (Tahir kick)
First downs: 9 … Rushing: 28-113 … Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 8-20-70-3 … Fumbles lost: 1
Rushing: Joel Bauman 19-99-2, Dale Peppin 1-4, Brandon King 1-9, Cameron Halvorson 3-11, Jarrett McAllister 2-5, Jeremiah Harris 1-(-8), Diance Davis (1-(-7)
Passing: King 1-3 6 yds 0-1, Steve Peppin 7-17 64 yds 0-2
Receiving: Andrew Bonnema 1-2, Halvorson 1-6, King 1-28, Bauman 1-(-1), Keante Johnson 3-19, Derrick Dohmann 1-16
First downs: 16 … Rushing: 38-171 … Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 9-16-101-1 … Fumbles lost: 0
Rushing: Brandon Jones 23-126-2, Skyler Jackson 8-33
Passing: Tony Stauss 9-16 101-0-1
Receiving: Nick Jackson 3-50, Matt Petznick 2-14