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Kerry Collins, Published October 15 2009

High school football: Lumberjacks chop Spuds, Bemidji needs just two big plays in win

Bemidji needed just two big plays. The weather and their defense helped take care of the rest.

A 52-yard run by Czar Woods set up one touchdown, and a partially blocked punt set up another as those two second-quarter touchdowns gave the Lumberjacks a 14-6 win over Moorhead on Wednesday.

“Those were a couple of big plays, and when we needed a defensive stop, we got it,” Bemidji coach Troy Hendricks said.

The muddy field, first-half rain and second-half snow slowed down both offenses at Jim Gotta Stadium.

Woods broke free midway through the second quarter, cracking off his 52-yard scamper to the Moorhead 1. Kevin Nelson darted in on the next play.

The Spuds went three-and-out on their next series, and Jesse Eck got his hand on the punt. The Lumberjacks started on the Moorhead 23, and capped the drive with a 2-yard plunge from Woods.

“They get that big run, and then they get that other big play,” Moorhead coach Rick Eidsness said. “That second quarter was the biggest difference, because we did pretty well after that.”

Moorhead managed just 20 yards of offense in the first half, while the Lumberjacks (3-4) had 118 yards through the first two quarters as Bemidji led 14-0.

“When you’re winning, it never seems like enough, even in conditions like these,” Hendricks said. “I was hoping we would get one more, but we couldn’t get anything established in the second half.”

Moorhead piled up 130 yards in the third quarter, but got nothing to show for it.

The Spuds got deep into Bemidji territory twice in the third, but the Lumberjacks forced turnovers on downs both times.

“We just couldn’t punch it in there,” Eidsness said. “Luke (Gotta) had a nice run. (Brian) Duginski had two big plays. We just couldn’t stinkin’ capitalize.”

The Spuds (2-5) finally got on the board on a

13-yard scamper from Luke Gotta with 1 minute, 42 seconds to go in the game.

Bemidji ran out the clock after recovering the onside kick.

Moorhead wraps up the regular season at St. Cloud Tech on Oct. 22.

“It’s a little bit frustrating, but we were working,” Eidsness said. “We dominated them in the second half, but we have to finish.”

Bemidji 0 14 0 0–14

Moorhead 0 0 0 6–6

B–Nelson 1 run (Rees kick)

B–Woods 2 run (Rees kick)

M–Gotta 13 run (run failed)

RUSHING: B, Woods 15-83, Nelson 10-46, Stevens 7-21, Eck 2-(minus 3), Rude 1-(minus 3). M, Duginski 17-68, Gotta 15-32, Tompkins 4-5, Cullom 1-(minus 4).

PASSING: Stevens 0-3-0, 0 yards. M, Gotta 5-9-0, 105 yards.

RECEIVING: B, none. M, Holtan 2-46, Duginski 1-41, Burns 1-11, Cullom 1-7.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Kerry Collins at (701) 241-5548