Oct. 1—FARGO — The Grand Forks Red River and Fargo North football game started an hour earlier than usual so North could celebrate homecoming after the matchup.
The No. 5 Roughriders were a bad homecoming date for the No. 3 Spartans.
Red River sophomore Pearce Parks threw for 214 yards and three touchdowns to lead Red River to a 38-6 win over North on Friday night.
It was Red River's first win over North since 2015.
"I think that's the most complete game we've played as a team in a very long time," Red River coach Vyrn Muir said. "It's a huge win for our team and our program. They've been a thorn in our side for the last six seasons. They've thumped us pretty good the last two years."
Red River jumped out to a 21-0 lead at halftime. Parks hit Quinn Nelson for an 18-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter, then connected with Hudson Flom from 57 yards out later in the opening quarter.
The Riders built a three-score lead with a Brett Feller 5-yard run in the second quarter.
"They put the ball on the turf a couple of times, and we were able to get points off one of them and held the ball for a while with the other," Muir said.
Fargo North quarterback Ethan Welk entered the game with 10 touchdowns passing and no interceptions.
Welk was held without a touchdown pass and threw two picks against the Riders.
North wide receiver Jeremiah Sem, the 11A East receiving yardage leader, finished without a catch against the Riders.
Brothers Hudson and Carter Flom each had an interception for Red River.
"Hudson's interception was huge at the time," Muir said. "They had just scored and were driving. He read the quarterback's eyes, picked the ball off and had a nice little run back."
In the second half, Red River pushed the lead to 24-0 on Carter Byron's 39-yard field goal.
North running back Peder Haugo scored on a 32-yard touchdown run in the third quarter but Red River regained separation with two fourth-quarter touchdowns.
Red River tight end Logan Arason scored on a 21-yard touchdown pass from Parks to make it 31-6, while Parks punched in a 1-yard keeper to make it 38-6.
"We set the bar," Muir said. "Tonight, we got out in front and stayed out front. It's our job as players and coaches to meet that bar for the rest of the season."