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Eric Peterson, Published December 08 2010

Dragons, Cobbers may renew football tilt in 2012

The Cobbers and Dragons are a step closer to renewing their football rivalry.

Minnesota State Moorhead athletic director Doug Peters said Tuesday Concordia and MSUM have agreed to leave open the first week on their schedules for the 2012 season.

“We have agreed that we’re going to try and play each other,” Peters said. “No game for sure, but we have mutually agreed upon keeping that first game in 2012 open to try and play the game.”

The series dates back to 1916, but was halted in 2007 due to a scheduling conflict. The game was called the “Power Bowl” the last nine times the schools played.

Moorhead Public Service and Missouri River Energy Services were sponsors. Peters said the next step in getting the series renewed is securing game sponsorship that benefits both schools.

Peters wouldn’t give any details on potential sponsors.

“We’re hoping that the sponsorship side of things will be there like it has in the past and we can grow that a little bit,” Peters said. “It’s a great thing for the Moorhead community and we’d like to try and bring the game back. So many people came out and it really was a community building and gathering event.”

The Cobbers hold a 49-25-12 edge in the series. The schools generally take turns hosting the game every other year. Concordia earned a 34-32 home victory in its last game with the Dragons.

The game was regionally televised and had an announced crowd of 6,870 fans.

In 2007, each school got $8,000 for scholarships as part of the game contract. The schools also made $5,000 each from gate revenues.

“It was great for our students,” Peters said. “It was the first week of school. Just to have that sort of event go on kind of starts the year off right for you.”

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