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Eric Peterson, Published September 20 2013

Tigers remain undefeated with win over Spuds in Minnesota Class 5A football

MOORHEAD – Josh Falk outran the shadow in the third quarter Friday night at Jim Gotta Stadium.

The St. Cloud Tech senior running back had a 50-yard touchdown burst late in the third quarter. That big play sparked the Tigers to a 33-23 victory against Moorhead in Minnesota Class 5A football.

Falk broke a couple of tackles on his long scoring run before he got into the clear and ran away from the Spuds secondary.

“I just saw a shadow so I tried to beat the shadow,” said Falk, who scored both of his touchdowns in the second half.

The Spuds (2-2) fell to .500, while the Tigers (4-0) remained unbeaten.

“We’re going to find out what we learned next week,” Spuds head coach Kevin Feeney said. “This team has to understand that this is a long season.”

The Spuds took a 16-14 lead into halftime on the strength of two short touchdown runs and a safety in the first half.

Senior quarterback Tyler Eidsness gave Moorhead a 16-6 lead after he scored on a 1-yard run with 11 minutes, 14 seconds remaining in the second quarter.

The Tigers countered with 27 consecutive points.

“High school football is all about momentum, and we had it early in the game and we didn’t capitalize,” Feeney said.

Falk’s 50-yard score gave the Tigers the momentum and the lead for good. That touchdown gave Tech a

20-16 lead with 4:37 to play in the third quarter.

“It just kind of happened,” said Falk, who had 95 of his 97 yards rushing in the second half. “There was a hole there. I went to the hole and I just kept running.”

Falk and his junior running mate Brennan Paulsen combined for 211 rushing yards on 25 attempts. Paulsen had a 43-yard run on his first carry, which set up Tech’s first score.

“We sat down as an offense and figured out who we were,” Falk said. “This was a big road game for us.”

The Spuds were held scoreless for most of the second half. Moorhead scored its only points of the final two quarters on a Will Rage 1-yard TD run with 43 seconds to play.

Feeney didn’t think his team played disciplined enough. The Spuds had 10 penalties, including a number of illegal motions and false starts.

“We let some discipline issues come into play,” Feeney said. “That put us off course offensively. Against a good team like that, you can’t do that kind of stuff.”

SCT 6 8 13 6–33

M 9 7 0 7–23

SCT–Schaefer 3 run (kick blocked)

M–Duginski 5 run (Wiedrich kick)

M–Safety, blocked punt out of end zone

M–Eidsness 1 run (Wiedrich kick)

SCT–Amundson 37 pass from Kedrowski (Amundson pass from Kedrowski)

SCT–Falk 50 run (run failed)

SCT–Klaverkamp 5 run (Scharenbroich kick)

SCT–Falk 5 run (kick failed)

M–Rage 1 run (Wiedrich kick)


RUSHING: SCT, Paulsen 16-114, Falk 9-97, Klaverkamp 5-44, Wirz 2-8, Martig 1-8, Schaefer 1-3, Kedrowski 2-(-3), Weber 1-(-3). M, Eidsness 21-99, J. Lawrence 11-56, Anderson 4-51, Gotta 5-13, Duginski 1-5, Wiedrich 1-1, Rage 1-1.

PASSING: SCT, Kedrowski 5-10-0 93 yards. M, Eidsness 5-9-1 89.

RECEIVING: SCT, Amundson 3-71, Falk 1-14, Pickner 1-8. M, Richards 1-33, B. Lawrence 2-29, J. Lawrence 1-16, Duginski 1-9.

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