FOOTBALL: Moorhead outlasts Bemidji upset bid in 27-13 clinic | Bemidji Pioneer

Bemidji wide receiver Jacob Kelly can't bring in the football while being defended by Moorhead's Caden Berg on Wednesday at Jim Gotta Stadium in Moorhead. (David Samson / Forum News Service)

“I informed the boys that we simply made too many errors tonight to win,” BHS head coach Bryan Stoffel stated. “However, if tonight confirmed you something, it’s that our youngsters battled, our youngsters stepped as much as the problem and so they competed actually onerous. I used to be proud to be their coach tonight.”

The Spuds, ranked No. 1 in Class 5A, locked up the No. 1 seed for the Part 8-5A Match via a aggressive, but decisive, 27-13 win over Bemidji.

“They’re a great soccer group. They’re the No. 1 group within the state for a motive,” Stoffel stated. “However I assumed, at occasions, we didn’t play our greatest soccer. We left plenty of good soccer out on the sphere tonight. Hopefully subsequent time we see them, now we have a greater soccer sport.”

Moorhead’s top-ranked scoring offense was environment friendly behind quarterback Trey Feeney, nevertheless it was the Spuds’ top-ranked scoring protection that imposed its will and determined the end result. On all however two of their 9 drives, the Jacks didn’t advance previous the Moorhead 48-yard line.

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A little bit creativity helped BHS (4-2) break the ice.

Reaching into their bag of methods, Bemidji faked the choice pitch to the best, and James Williams III got here round for a reverse down the left sideline. He reached the top zone from 42 yards out on the primary play of the second quarter.

“Anytime we are able to get James the ball in house, he’s fairly electrical and enjoyable to look at,” Stoffel stated. “They’re simply so aggressive on protection and so they pursue so nicely. We’ve got to make use of these sorts of issues and benefit from their aggressiveness.”

Bemidji quarterback Brett Tharaldson gets off a pass while being pressured by Moorhead's Thomas Meyers on Wednesday at Jim Gotta Stadium in Moorhead. (David Samson / Forum News Service)

Bemidji quarterback Brett Tharaldson will get off a move whereas being pressured by Moorhead’s Thomas Meyers on Wednesday at Jim Gotta Stadium in Moorhead. (David Samson / Discussion board Information Service)

The Spuds (6-0) responded via Feeney and Brady Walthall. The North Dakota commit discovered Walthall in a gentle spot of the zone protection, and Walthall raced the remainder of the best way for a 43-yard tip-toeing landing to tie issues up.

The Lumberjack protection saved the rating proper there going into halftime. Though the Spuds had 13- and 16-play drives within the first half, neither led to factors as BHS held agency. On the latter, Moorhead acquired as shut because the 5-yard line, however two penalties wiped away touchdowns and resulted in a 42-yard missed area aim within the closing moments.

And but it didn’t keep tied for lengthy.

The Spuds scored shortly within the third quarter, flipping a fumble restoration right into a 2-yard landing catch for Walthall simply 1 minute, 34 seconds in. The protection pressured two extra Bemidji punts, after which Walthall hauled in his third scoring seize of the night time for a 21-7 edge via three.

Within the fourth quarter, Aaron Hoefer sparked the Lumberjack offense with a 45-yard catch on the following drive. The highlight-reel reception led right into a Colton Hinrichs 1-yard landing run that introduced it again inside 21-13. However Moorhead tacked on a TD via George Nyanforh’s slippery 7-yard rush to revive a two-score lead that held via the end.

Whereas the ultimate rating didn’t add up as desired, BHS nonetheless intends to satisfy Moorhead for a rematch in two weeks.

“I informed the boys that they earned the best to have one other house sport subsequent Saturday by the best way they’ve performed,” Stoffel stated of the playoffs. “We are going to take it one week at a time. We’ll determine, first, who we may have subsequent week. We’ll give attention to them, deal with enterprise there, then we might clearly possibly have a rematch right here.”

Part 8-5A seeds can be introduced later this week. Bemidji is all however assured to obtain the No. 2 seed and earn a first-round bye. The semifinals are scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 21, on the excessive seed.

Moorhead 27, Bemidji 13

BHS 0 7 0 6 — 13

MDH 0 7 14 6 — 27

First quarter — No scoring.

Second quarter — BHS TD, Williams 42-yard rush (DeClusin PAT), 7-0 BHS; MHD TD, Br. Walthall 43-yard catch from Feeney (Allawi PAT), 7-7.

Third quarter — MHD TD, Br. Walthall 2-yard catch from Feeney (Allawi PAT), 14-7 MHD; MHD TD, Br. Walthall 11-yard catch from Feeney (Allawi PAT), 21-7 MHD.

Fourth quarter — BHS TD, Hinrichs 1-yard rush (DeClusin PAT missed), 21-13 MHD; MHD TD, Nyanforh 7-yard rush (Allawi PAT missed), 27-13 MHD.

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