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Eric Peterson, Published September 14 2012

Spuds roll past Denfeld to remain undefeated

MOORHEAD – The Moorhead Spuds had a productive first quarter Friday night at Jim Gotta Stadium. They had an interception, recovered an onside kick and scored three touchdowns in the game’s first 11 minutes.

That brisk start vaulted the No. 10-ranked Spuds to a 35-0 victory against Duluth Denfeld in Minnesota Class 5A football.

“I was really proud the way we able to execute the script the way we wanted to in those first 14, 21 points,” Spuds head coach Kevin Feeney said.

The Spuds (3-0) remained unbeaten. Moorhead held Denfeld (0-3) to 61 total yards from scrimmage and intercepted two passes and had three sacks.

Moorhead had given up a combined 51 points in its first two games.

“Defensively, that was a huge step,” Feeney said. “We felt like they had a pretty good running game.”

Moorhead junior Tyler Eidsness intercepted a pass on Denfeld’s third play from scrimmage. On the next play, Spuds quarterback Aaron Lien tossed an 18-yard touchdown pass to tight end A.J. Wheeler.

The Spuds recovered an onside kick on the ensuing kickoff. Seven plays later, sophomore Jade Lawrence scored on a 3-yard TD run. That short scoring run gave Moorhead a 14-0 lead with 7 minutes, 27 seconds to play in the first quarter.

Spuds running back Chase Morlock capped the strong first quarter with a 40-yard touchdown run. That score staked Moorhead to a 21-0 lead with 1:25 remaining in the first quarter.

“We came out firing, unlike we have the last couple weeks,” said Wheeler, who also had a quarterback sack to go along with his touchdown catch. “It’s always nice to get off to a good start. You never want to fall behind.”

The Spuds pushed their lead to four touchdowns midway through the second quarter. Morlock scored a 24-yard TD run that made it 28-0 Moorhead with 6:17 to play in the first half.

“We’ve had three kind of rough starts here,” said Denfeld head coach Frank Huie. “Each game we’ve come out slow.”

Huie felt better with the way his team played in the second half, holding the Spuds to seven points over the final two quarters.

“At least the kids are giving an effort,” Huie said. “We were pleased with the physicality and play in the second half, but by that time you are behind.”

Feeney would have liked to have seen his team play a more complete game.

Denfeld senior Matt Macgregor was taken from the field on a stretcher with less than a minute to play in the fourth quarter.

Huie said the initial prognosis was encouraging. Macgregor was coherent and had feeling in his extremities as he was taken off the field.

D 0 0 0 0– 0

M 21 7 7 0–35

M–Wheeler 18 pass from Lien (Wiedrich kick)

M–J. Lawrence 3 run (Wiedrich kick)

M–Morlock 40 run (Wiedrich kick)

M–Morlock 24 run (Thompson kick)

M–B. Lawrence 9 pass from Lien (Thompson kick)

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING: DD, Behm 12-31, Malec 12-17, Michalski 8-10, Swenson 1-4, Gustafson 1-(minus-9), Klang 3-(minus-8). MHS, Morlock 10-117, J. Lawrence 5-22, Benedict 2-15, Andersen 3-8, Magnusson 2-8, Gotta 2-4, Eidsness 1-0, Lien 1-(minus 10).

PASSING: DD, Klang 3-9-0 16 yards, Gustafson 0-1-1 0. MHS, Lien 10-18-2 194, Eidsness 1-1-0 5.

RECEIVING: DD, Malec 4-16. MHS Morlock 6-120, B. Lawrence 2-25, Porter 1-31, Wheeler 1-18, Ahlgren 1-5.


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