Sam Gapp’s experience at quarterback consisted of sharing snaps in practices for two days this week.
“I’d never played there before,’’ the sophomore said. “Not in elementary school, in junior high, on the junior varsity, anything. I didn’t know what to expect. I just trusted my teammates.’’
Gapp’s debut at quarterback was a big success. He ran the offense as Polk County West rolled to a 54-6 high school football win over Fosston in East Grand Forks.
“I was nervous in the locker room before the game,’’ Gapp said. “But when I got onto the field, I was excited. I didn’t know what to expect. I figured I’d be handing the ball off a lot. I think it went well.’’
Gapp only completed 1 of 3 passes, good for a 20-yard touchdown to Josh Wagner. He also rushed for 29 yards, including a pair of touchdowns. He ran the offense on seven series; the Thunder scored touchdowns on six of them.
Thunder coach Darrin Byklum flipped Gapp and Sam Modeen in the starting lineup, with Modeen going from quarterback to wide receiver.
“We wanted to see if it gives us a different look, different options,’’ Byklum said. “Sam’s an athletic kid. We decided to give him a chance. He did very well for the first time out.’’
The offense was in charge throughout for the 5-2 Thunder.
Polk County West’s first four possessions resulted in touchdowns by Gapp (15-yard run), John Fontaine (32-yard run), Gapp again (2-yard run) and the Gapp-to-Wagner scoring pass.
After taking a 30-0 lead in the first quarter, the game went to a running clock as coaches and officials had determined beforehand.
Fontaine and Gage Wavra each scored a pair of touchdowns. Wavra had one on defense, catching a fumble forced by Myles Smith on a strip and going 75 yards for the score. Fontaine’s 69 yards led the PCW ground game, while Wagner had 56 yards rushing to go with his 20 receiving.
The Thunder led 46-0 at halftime and 54-0 after three quarters.
The lone score for 0-7 Fosston came on a Joseph Olson 5-yard run in the fourth quarter.
“They’ve had some big spreads go against them this year,’’ Byklum said. “They battled. We liked our chances coming in, but probably not (winning) by that much.’’