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From today's Fargo Forum:

Huskies running strong

Eric Peterson, The Forum

Published Thursday, September 09, 2004

Gone are Adam Marohl, Matt Hruby and Nathan Ehni, Wahpeton's entire starting backfield from last season.

However, you wouldn't know it from talking to Huskies head football coach Mike McCall.

"We could legitimately go five deep at running back," McCall said. "We have really been blessed at running back."

A solid running attack has sparked Wahpeton to a 2-0 record heading into Eastern Dakota Conference play. The Huskies open their conference season at 7 p.m. Friday at Grand Forks Red River.

"We know we have improvement to make," McCall said.

However, a balanced running game is likely to key continued success in the EDC. Junior running back Aaron Roland -- the brother of current University of North Dakota standout running back Adam Roland -- rushed for 194 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries last Friday in a 26-20 against rival Breckenridge (Minn.).

"He's a fast runner and he has pretty good vision on the field, too," McCall said. "There are some resemblances between him and his brother."

Roland had just one carry for zero yards in Wahpeton's season-opener. However, senior Brandon Cook rushed for 112 yards on 22 carries in that game. Cook has 208 yards on the season to go with Roland's 196.

"The more we balance out carries, the better off we'll be in the long run," McCall said.

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