Chris Murphy is a sports reporter for the Forum. He's covered high school and college sports in Chicago, North Dakota and Minnesota since 2009 and, for some reason, has been given awards for doing so.
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MOORHEAD—Concordia's football team found its Week 1 loss to Jamestown hard to swallow. "It definitely left a bad taste in our mouth," Concordia junior defensive back Dallas Raftevold said. "It just seemed chaotic out there." The home opener Saturday, Sept. 10, at Jake Christensen Stadium was delectable for the Cobbers. They rolled the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire 25-7, avoiding starting a season 0-2 for the first time in a decade.
FARGO—West Fargo had a football game that was not up to its standards last week. One would imagine defeating No. 2-ranked Bismarck Century on the road would suffice, but not for the Packers. Teams eyeing championships expect perfection. "The goal is to be perfect," West Fargo senior running back and linebacker Chase Teiken said. "Perfect is not an attainable thing, but you shoot for perfect. You have to strive for perfect. It's technically impossible, but we want to be perfect."
A new hope at Finley-Sharon-Hope-Page Finley-Sharon-Hope-Page football coach Kevin Nesemeier knew something was different before the football season began. His senior linebacker and guard, John Lee, was organizing captain's practices and getting kids in the weight room. Senior wide receiver and defensive back Dillon Erickson announced after practices that people were lifting at a certain time and instead of players saying they weren't coming, teammates were organizing rides to the weight room.
FARGO—Last Friday was nothing new to Fargo Shanley senior Jake Reinholz. He scored a hat trick in a 3-2 win over Moorhead at home, changed in the car, while his dad drove to Fargo North, where he nailed a 29-yard field goal in a 16-12 win, while also doing kickoffs and punts, for the football team. Nothing to it. "It was pretty hectic," Reinholz said. It's the life of a soccer player that decided to put on football pads as a sophomore and kick. Reinholz finds calm in his hectic life in those drives between games with his dad.
Zach Pelzman Ada-Borup (Minn.) football Ada-Borup's Zach Pelzman had his first varsity start at running back Friday, Sept.3. The junior rushed for 219 yards and four touchdowns on 29 carries. "He's lifted relentlessly for a couple of years," Ada-Borup coach Paul Tinjum said. "He was one of our backups last year. He was behind an all-state running back. He had to just wait his turn." Anna Davison Fargo Davies girls golf
Hillcrest duo put up huge numbers Fergus Falls Hillcrest quarterback Sean McGuire came back to the sideline and wasn't happy in Friday's 52-42 win at Hancock. "I feel bad because I keep throwing it to Kyler (Newman), but they can't stop him," McGuire said to Hillcrest coach Evan Newman. Newman was in his first game as a head coach for the Comets. He had a lot going around him. He didn't care. "I told him to just threw to whoever is open," Evan said. "I told him I didn't care who he threw to."
West Fargo at Fargo South 7 p.m., Friday, at Fargo South High School West Fargo is coming off a huge 19-16 win at Bismarck Century in a battle between the No. 1 and No. 2 Class 3A teams in the state. The Packers won despite three interceptions and bad snaps on special teams that led to a Bismarck safety and a botched extra point. The Packers also had nine penalties for 77 yards. It was ugly and the Packers still won.
MOORHEAD—St. Michael-Albertville's football team waited more than a year to get revenge for Moorhead ruining its home opener last season. The Spuds forced seven turnovers in that game and served as the only blemish on a season that ended with a state championship for the Knights. "It was a bummer because we knew we could have played better as a team," STMA junior running back Mitchell Kartes said. "We had seven turnovers, which was hard for us. It came down to the end. We were upset and we never wanted that feeling again."
MOORHEAD—Moorhead's football team was less than six minutes away from the Class 5A state championship game last season. Mac Brown's 12-yard touchdown run with 5 minutes, 26 seconds remaining proved to be the winner for St. Thomas Academy in a 17-14 loss for the Spuds in the state semifinals. The Spuds watched as St. Michael-Albertville—a team the Spuds beat—won the state title, and the drought since Moorhead's last state title in 1987 continued. St. Michael-Albertville's only loss last season was to Moorhead.