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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Pioneers fall in defensive battle

In a game dominated by the defenses, one mistake would turn the tide.

On Saturday in Fargo, N.D., the St. Paul Pioneers made the mistake. The Fargo Invaders took the game.

St. Paul fell 14-0 at Shanley High School in a game that, seconds from becoming a 7-7 tie, instead put the Pioneers in the unfamiliar position of no longer being in front of the west. With the win, the Invaders take over first place in the NEFL West with a 6-1 record.

The Pioneers fall to 5-2, 7-3 overall.

Fargo led 7-0 at the half. The Pioneers' best drive was in the 4th quarter, when St. Paul drove the length of the field to have a first and goal inside the Fargo 2 yard line.

A Pioneers score could have tied the game. Instead, Fargo made the biggest play of the game, stripping the ball from NEFL-leading rusher Isiah Sims and returning it 98 yards for the touchdown and the final points of the night.

This week's slate of games over the final regular season weekend will be huge for playoff seeding. Fargo plays at the Warriors and the Pioneers are home against the Brawlers.

If Fargo wins, they will be the top seed in the west. If the Pioneers and Warriors both win, there will be a 3-way tie in the west and the top seed will go to the team that has surrendered the fewest points.

It's sure to be an exciting close to the regular season at Sea Foam. We hope to see you and HEAR you there. Kickoff is set for noon.

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