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Rob Beer, Published August 31 2012

Spuds win wild game against Bemidji

MOORHEAD – Senior Chase Morlock went to work Friday night at Jim Gotta Stadium. If he’s at all tired this morning, he has a good excuse.

Morlock scored four touchdowns and made the game-saving sack as Moorhead rallied to beat Bemidji 34-30 in a wild season opener.

“The team showed a lot of heart tonight. We all had a great vibe out there,” said Morlock, who had 193 yards rushing and 76 receiving.

“He’s a horse. Love the kid. You just don’t see a lot of kids run that hard and are that agile,” Bemidji coach Troy Hendricks said. “They did a nice job of finding him the football. We basically said, ‘Find (No.) 25 and stop 25, please.’ We just needed to tackle better.”

Morlock’s 1-yard touchdown run with 38 seconds remaining still gave the Lumberjacks enough time to navigate the length of the field.

In fact, Bemidji did. But a holding penalty nullified a 17-yard Jaylen Ingalls potential go-ahead score with just 4 seconds left in the game.

“We had the chances to win,” said Bemidji sophomore quarterback James Hendricks, who finished 6 of 11 for 110 yards. “We’ll meet them at state.”

Bemidji was off to the races early. Senior Richard Seado returned the opening kickoff 88 yards for a score and junior Sam Bruestle took a squib kick back 54 yards for another TD.

“The adversity our kids had to fight through tonight was tremendous,” said Moorhead coach Kevin Feeney. “It was certainly not the way we wanted things to go, but our senior leadership really stepped up.”

B 10 13 0 7–30

M 6 14 0 14–34

B–Seado 88 kickoff return (Annette kick)

M–Morlock 39 run (kick failed)

B-Annette 28 FG

M-Morlock 12 run (Sanchez kick)

B-Bruestle 54 kickoff return (Annette kick)

M-Porter 11 pass from Lien (Sanchez kick)

B-Hendricks 6 run (kick failed)

M-Morlock 3 run (Sanchez kick)

B-Schmidt 77 run (Annette kick)

M-Morlock 1 run (Sanchez kick)


RUSHING: Bemidji, Schmidt 8-99, Boes 12-49. Hendricks 12-11, Kroening 2-9, Ingalls 3-55. Moorhead, Morlock 24-193, Magnusson 2-3, Lawrence 4-18, Benedict 5-36, Lien 2-2, Rage 2-22.

PASSING: B, Hendricks 6-11-0, 110. M, Lien 8-16-1, 118.

RECEIVING: B, Fenson 2-23, Ingalls 3-47. M, Morlock 5-76, Porter 3-32.

Readers can reach Forum Online Editor Rob Beer at (701) 241-5506