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Brad E. Schlossman / Forum Communications Co., Published September 04 2010

Peterson's play propels Ulen-Hitterdal to football victory

EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. – Troy Peterson is a wild card for the Ulen-Hitterdal football team.

“We’ll line him up anywhere from interior lineman to tight end to receiver … even in the backfield,” Ulen-Hitterdal coach Dustin Flaten said.

The standout junior, wearing No. 54, was split out wide on Friday night when he hauled in a back-breaking touchdown catch during the Spartans’ 30-15 season-opening win over East Grand Forks Sacred Heart.

As time expired in the first half, quarterback Landon Schultz lofted a 24-yard touchdown pass to the 6-foot-2, 210-pound receiver. Peterson caught the ball at the 3, turned around and walked into the end zone to turn a 16-7 lead into a 24-7 advantage heading into halftime.

“Troy’s a leader for us,” Flaten said. “He’s a captain for us. He’s a big, strong, physical boy. He can move up and down the field and he can create a lot of mismatches for us. He made some big plays for us offensively and defensively. We’re going to need him to do that day in and day out.”

Peterson finished with four receptions and 94 yards. His touchdown was the toughest play to take for Sacred Heart, which had a 7-0 lead at the start of the second quarter.

“It’s embarrassing,” Sacred Heart coach Tim Everett said of Peterson’s touchdown. “That’s the way to describe it. We’re a better team than that. We got crossed up in cover and they scored with a second left. It shouldn’t happen and I can guarantee it’s not going to happen again.”

UH 0 24 0 6–30

EGFSH 0 7 0 8–15

SH–Pagnac-Jundt 3 run (Pagnac-Jundt run)

UH–Wibe 15 run (Brooks pass from Schulz)

UH–Stevens 66 run (Stevens run)

UH–Peterson 24 pass from Schulz (Wibe run)

UH–Oberg 1 run (run failed)

SH–Roach 56 run (MacLeod pass from Pietruszewski)

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING: UH, Stevens 25-193, Wibe 14-36, Oberg 6-22. SH, Roach 13-103, Pagnac-Jundt 20-57.

PASSING: UH, Schulz 4-10-1 94 yards. SH, Pietruszewski 2-7-2 3.

RECEIVING: UH, Peterson 4-94. SH, Roach 1-4, Pagnac-Jundt 1-(-1).


Schlossman writes for the Grand Forks Herald