Chris Murphy, Published November 29 2012
Spuds headed to Central Lakes conference for footballMOORHEAD – When Kevin Feeney took over the Moorhead Spuds football squad, he wanted to know who their rival was. No one really had an answer.
The Spuds will now get a chance to start making rivalries, joining the North Division of the newly split Central Lakes Conference for football in 2013.
“I know when I first came over to Minnesota and you asked kids who our rival was, they didn’t really have a great answer,” Feeney said. “Now, when you walk into a school and see those conference banners, it will develop some rivalries.”
The Spuds will join Alexandria, Bemidji, Brainerd, Fergus Falls and Grand Rapids in the North Division of the Central Lakes Conference.
Moorhead will play the five teams from the North every season. The Spuds will also play a home-and-away series with three teams from the South Division and then switch to the other three teams after that two-year cycle.
Rocori, St. Cloud Apollo, St. Cloud Tech, Sartell, Sauk Rapids and Willmar are in the South Division.
The new conference will take away the nearly 3½-hour trip to places like Duluth and the nearly five-hour trip to Buffalo. League play will also help prepare the Spuds for the postseason.
“Four out of the six teams in our section play in the Central Lakes Conference,” Feeney said. “This will give us a chance to evaluate teams better for the playoffs. Whereas we sometimes get to play a team like Bemidji, now we know that we will every season. And even if we don’t see a team like Sartell, we can compare them to someone in the conference that we played.”
The idea of more banners and awards for the Moorhead trophy case was icing on the conference cake.
“The big thing it does is give our team a chance to earn postseason awards and get conference championships,” Feeney said. “When filling out forms for players like (running back) Chase (Morlock), it’s tough to not be able to add that all-conference tag. Now we’ll get a chance to do that.”
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