Ryan S. Clark , Published September 12 2010
High school football: Another Feeney first, Spuds coach collects win, tops Rocori with shutout
The big grin on Feeney’s face proved he was more than pleased with Moorhead’s 7-0 victory over Rocori on Saturday.
“Things didn’t always go right defensively but we found a way to make enough plays,” said Feeney, who picked up his first victory as Moorhead’s head coach. “Anytime you get a shutout, you’re going to win.”
Needing a shutout to win didn’t even appear to be an issue the way Moorhead (1-1) opened the game.
Chase Morlock’s 22-yard touchdown run gave the Spuds a 7-0 lead in their first drive.
That’s when the game turned into a offensive struggle.
Rocori (1-1) had problems moving the ball. That was evidenced by the Spuds’ four first-half sacks.
“The way (Rocori’s offensive line) was blocking, they were slanting,” said Spuds defensive lineman Calvin Cullom. “We just went through those holes in the slant and got to the quarterback.”
Spartans quarterback Nathan Meyer said The Spuds’ front four paid attention to their assignments.
Meyer had his moments where it looked like he unlocked the Moorhead defense.
He threw for 136 yards and his strongest throw of the day was a 28-yard pass to Sam Moriarty in the fourth quarter.
Moriarty made a diving catch sliding into the end zone. It was initially ruled a touchdown but the ball was moved back to the 4-yard line.
The Spartans fumbled on the next play.
“In a case like that, fans might think the kid just fumbled the ball,” Feeney said. “But that was a case where the line made a stand, a linebacker backed them up and popped the ball loose.”
The Spartans recovered by driving down field reaching the five-yard line.
Meyer threw a fade route to Sean Terres and the ball went off Terres’ finger tips.
“It looked like he was going to catch it,” Meyer said.
Meyer took another shot at the end zone.
This time someone caught it.
Except it wasn’t a teammate. It was Spuds defensive back Taylor Burns.
“He ran the fade and I had to make a play on it,” Burns said.
Meyer got one more chance with 1:48 left in the fourth.
But that’s when Moorhead’s defense summed up its day on one play.
A bad snap and heavy pressure forced Meyer to rush his throw.
His pass, once again, was intercepted. This time by the Spuds’ Erik Bye.
“We had confidence in our defense,” Feeney said. “And when we got the ball, we were able to hold onto it. Then we went with a formation in our playbook, it’s called ‘Victory.’ ”
Rocori 0 0 0 0–0
Moorhead 7 0 0 0–0
M–Morlock 22 run (Day kick)
RUSHING: R, Vigil 5-12, Meyer, 12 (-18), Luethmers 9-38; M, Tompkins 7-4, Duginski 23-92, Morlock 7-32, Shipman 1-3
PASSING: R, Meyer 11-15-2 136 yards; M, Uglem 2-6-0 22 yards, Doschadis 0-2-1 0 yards
RECEIVING: R, Schmit 1-26, Hervin 3-38, Moriarty 3-39, Mies 1-15, Kuss 1-18; M, Duginski 1-13, Ness 2-9
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