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PREP FOOTBALL: Climax-Fisher wins 40-0 over East Grand Forks Sacred Heart

There isn't a lot of mystery to the Climax-Fisher offense. For the Knights, it is Justin Cameron or Jonah Sylvester with the football. The mystery Tuesday was how to stop the two. The seniors had the ball on every offensive play of the game excep...

Climax-Fisher quarterback Jonah Sylvester (11) out runs a Sacred Heart defender
Climax-Fisher quarterback Jonah Sylvester (11) out runs a Sacred Heart defender on a long gain in the first half of Climax-Fisher's win Tuesday night in Grand Forks.JOHN STENNES/GRAND FORKS HERALD

There isn't a lot of mystery to the Climax-Fisher offense.

For the Knights, it is Justin Cameron or Jonah Sylvester with the football. The mystery Tuesday was how to stop the two.

The seniors had the ball on every offensive play of the game except the final two for Climax-Fisher. The backs, along with an opportunistic defense, led Climax-Fisher to a 40-0 win against East Grand Forks Sacred Heart in the regular-season finale for the high school teams.

"We've rode them all year,'' said C-F coach Darrin Byklum, whose 2-6 team clinched a spot in the Section 8 9-man playoffs with the win. "We're short a quarterback, so we line up in shot gun, put them back there and let them go.

"They're just hard-nosed runners. They have some speed and read their blocks well. The guys up front do a good job.''

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Sylvester was the workhorse, carrying 30 times for 268 yards, pushing over the 1,500-yard mark for the season. He had 26- and 59-yard touchdown runs in the first quarter to give the Knights a quick lead. He also scored on a 49-yard run in the third quarter.

Cameron had 11 carries for 63 yards, rushing for 4- and 1-yard touchdowns. He was 1-for-3 passing, a 30-yarder to Sylvester.

"It's frustrating because you know what's coming, but you can't stop them,'' said Eagles coach Drew Mortenson, whose team dropped to 0-8. "What can you say? Those two are talented.

"And their line was blowing us off the ball. Give those two backs big holes and that's a good way for a team to get yards.''

While the Knights backs dominated the offense, the defense gave C-F more opportunities.

Luke Schmidt intercepted passes on Sacred Heart's first two possessions to set up Sylvester's first two touchdowns. And Cameron had a third touchdown when he stripped the ball from an Eagles running back and had open field on the sideline for a 42-yard TD and a 28-0 lead at halftime.

"That was probably the big play,'' Mortenson said. "It's a lot more difficult going into halftime down 28-0 instead of 21-0.''

The defense wasn't the norm for the Knights.

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"We haven't had a lot of takeaways all year,'' Byklum said. "Today was our best game as far as takeaways. And those were huge. They got us momentum right away.''

Sacred Heart's top threat was Eddie Bushaw, who rushed for 54 yards and passed for another 17.

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