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Published September 30 2010

Clark: Mahnomen’s 4-0 start not unusual, but not expected

Historically speaking, a 4-0 start in football is pretty normal at Mahnomen.

But even coach John Clark Jr. admitted the 4-0 start to this season was a little unexpected.

“It was just a little unexpected especially with the quality of teams we were playing,” Clark said. “With us starting the season against Hawley and Fosston being highly ranked, the key has been improvement.”

Clark said his team, which returned 15 starters from last season, improved by spending more time in the weight room over the summer.

He might be onto something. Mahnomen opened last season with a 2-2 record.

This year of course has been different with Mahnomen being off to its first 4-0 start since the 2005 season.

Mahnomen finished 8-2 that year with both losses coming to Hawley.

Mahnomen appears to have cleared the Hawley hurdle by picking up a 30-6 win to open the season.

A big part of Mahnomen’s success has been running back Alex LaVoy and quarterback Dylan Stevens.

LaVoy has rushed for a blistering 753 yards and nine touchdowns.

Stephens is second with 315 rushing yards and five touchdowns.

“You know, it has also been our team defense,” Clark said. “We have different kids in Jake Hedstrom, a sophomore defensive tackle and Luke Littlewolf, a defensive end. They’ve both had good years.”

Let the Jim Gotta festivities begin

Barring another rainy night, Moorhead is slated to have its stadium celebration ceremony Friday.

The plan to celebrate the 10th year of Jim Gotta Stadium was rained out Sept. 11.

Moorhead (3-1) made up for the celebration by picking up a 7-0 win over Rocori.

That gave new coach Kevin Feeney his first win at Moorhead.

Fans going to the game can expect a tailgating party before the game and a fireworks show afterwards.

Sadly, the North Dakota State University Marching Band will not be performing.

You can thank the rain for that one.


Readers can reach Forum reporter Ryan S. Clark at (701) 241-5548