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Kevin Schnepf, Published October 09 2010

Duginski's big game leads Moorhead past St. Cloud Tech in football

It was just what the doctor ordered for the Moorhead High School football team. And it was a running back they call Doogie who provided the medicine.

Senior Matt Duginski ran for two second-half touchdowns to lift the Spuds to a 21-14 homecoming win over St. Cloud Tech on Friday night at Jim Gotta Stadium. As far as Duginski can recall, it’s the first time a Spuds football team has won a homecoming game since he was in fifth grade.

“It was definitely the biggest of the year,” said Duginski, whose Spuds improved to 4-2 for the season.

It was St. Cloud Tech that ended the Spuds’ season last year in a section playoff game. And it was St. Cloud Tech, even with only one win this season, that battled the Spuds to a 14-14 tie in the third quarter.

That momentum changed quickly on the second play of the fourth quarter. Moorhead’s Evan Gary and Jacob Uglem teamed up to stop St. Cloud Tech quarterback Jesse Lavoi short of a first down on a third-and-one play. Tech punted, setting up what turned out to be the game-winning drive for the Spuds.

“That was a huge stop,” said Moorhead head coach Kevin Feeney, who saw Lavoi bounce off tacklers on a first-half quarterback sneak for a 23-yard touchdown run.

The Spuds got some help on their game-winning drive when Tech was whistled for a roughing-the-passer penalty during a third-down pass that fell incomplete. Three plays later, Spuds quarterback Jesse Doschadis – who completed 14 of 20 passes for 155 yards – threw a third-down strike to Mason Ness for a 25-yard pickup.

Two plays later, Duginski burst through a hole on the left side, bounced out to the left sideline and outran the Tech defenders for a 31-yard touchdown run. With 7:06 remaining, the Spuds had a 21-14 lead.

“Our offensive linemen yell out a call on that play and you know before you get the ball what hole to hit,” said Duginski, a 5-foot-11, 205-pounder who had 19 carries for 144 yards. “It was a big hole.”

“Doogie hit that hole hard,” Feeney said. “And he’s got deceptive speed. On both his touchdown runs in the second half, defenders had angles on him and he outran them.”

It was on the first play from scrimmage in the second half when Duginski rumbled through another big hole on the left side for a 54-yard touchdown.

“I was hoping for something good on that play,” Duginski said, referring to the trap play the Spuds used for the first time in the game.

“Tonight, our guys made plays,” Feeney said. “It wasn’t just one guy. It was a lot of guys making big plays.”

And it came on a night when Doogie was crowned homecoming king.

Just what the doctor ordered.

SCT 0 7 7 0–14

Moorhead 0 7 7 7–21

M-Duginski 2 run (Rahman kick)

T-Lavoi 23 run (Keeley kick)

M-Duginski 54 run (Rahman kick)

T-Lavoi 1 run (Keeley kick)

M-Duginski 31 run (Rahman kick)


RUSHING: Tech, Peterson 19-117, Lavoi 6-23, Kor 5-19. Moorhead, Duginski 19-144, Morlock 3-39, Uglem 6-17.

PASSING: Tech, Lavoi 3-14-1, 36 yards. Moorhead, Doschadis 14-20-1, 155 yards.

RECEIVING: Tech, Stinogel 1-15, Peterson 1-12, Heysse 1-9. Moorhead, Burns 7-72, Ness 2-27, Morlock 2-25, Uglem 1-15, Day 1-23, Bye 1-3.

Readers can reach Forum Sports Editor Kevin Schnepf at (701) 241-5549

Schnepf’s NDSU media blog can be found at www.areavoices.com