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Fargo South's Tanner DuBois notches first win as starter, leads Concordia to dominant victory over Presentation

DuBois threw three touchdown passes in the first quarter to spark the Cobbers' hot start

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Concordia's Peter Narum makes an end zone catch against Presentation during their football game Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021, in Moorhead. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

MOORHEAD — There was a 53-point swing in Concordia’s first half on Saturday compared to the Cobbers’ Week 1 loss to Valley City State. Concordia’s offense came out firing early, jumping out to a two-score lead within the game’s first five minutes.

That hot start boosted the Cobbers to a dominant 55-14 nonconference college football victory over Presentation on Saturday at Jake Christiansen Stadium.

Concordia put up 34 points in the first half against Presentation to take a 34-0 lead into halftime. The week prior, Valley City State led the Cobbers 19-0 heading into the break in Concordia’s season opener. Valley City State went on to win 35-32 on a last-second field goal.

Not only did Saturday mark Concordia’s first win this season, it was also senior quarterback Tanner DuBois’ first career victory as the team’s starter. DuBois turned in a strong performance on Saturday, completing 36 of 45 passes for 319 yards and four touchdowns with zero interceptions.

“It feels really good. It was really fun to celebrate with the boys and the coaches and the fans,” DuBois said of his first victory.

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Concordia Cobbers senior quarterback Tanner DuBois has been named the team's starter coming out of fall camp. Jim Cella / Concordia Sports Information

"I thought he had a really good day," Cobbers head coach Terry Horan added. "He was what, 36 of 45? That's a good day at the office and he's doing a nice job, and doesn't get too high, doesn't get too low. He's emotionally a pretty stable young man and was distributing the football today, and protection was really solid for him. Our receivers made some good catches and he put the ball right on the money."

DuBois, a Fargo South graduate, led the Cobbers' charge in the first quarter with three passing touchdowns. He capped Concordia’s opening drive with a 16-yard touchdown pass to Damien Silus 1 minute, 54 seconds into the first quarter.

After Concordia’s defense forced a three-and-out, DuBois finished a four-play, 82-yard drive with a 71-yard touchdown pass to Andy Gravdahl to push the Cobbers’ lead to 14-0 just under five minutes into the game. DuBois added one more touchdown pass in the frame; a 23-yard strike to Zach Wolf to make it 21-0.

“It was amazing,” DuBois said of Concordia’s strong start. “Just starting out fast like that really helps give us momentum right out the gate. We’re confident in the defense to get the ball back, and were firing on all cylinders today and it was a great team win.”

Cobbers running back Peyton Mortenson kept the barrage going with a 1-yard touchdown run midway through the second quarter. The Cobbers defense got in on the scoring when Sam Hegg-Entzion recovered a fumble by Presentation’s Mike McPeek and took it 42 yards for a touchdown to put Concordia up 34-0 heading into halftime.

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Concordia's Andy Gravdahl makes an over-the-shoulder catch to run it into the against Presentation during their football game Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021, in Moorhead. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Gravdahl was DuBois’ favorite target on the day. He led the Cobbers receivers with nine catches for 128 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

“He’s a ballplayer,” DuBois said of Gravdahl. “He’s gonna show up every week no matter what. Even when he’s not in, we’ve got tons of talent in that wide receiver and running back room. (I was) getting plenty of time to throw from the hogs up front and it was a great offensive team win.”

Wyatt Curtis hauled in six receptions for 78 yards and a score, and Wolf finished with four catches for 33 yards and the TD.

The Cobbers defense stifled Presentation’s run game, holding the Saints to 73 yards on the ground on 26 attempts (2.8 yards per carry). Presentation QB Tim Evitt completed 12 of 21 passes for 181 yards and two touchdowns.

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Concordia's Wyatt Curtis is held back by Presentation’s Kyle Gipson during their football game Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021, in Moorhead. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Linebacker Hayden Netland had six total tackles, including two tackles for loss, to lead the Concordia defense. Defensive back Quin Miller also had six total tackles.

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The Cobbers (1-1) will have an off week before kicking off the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference portion of the schedule. Concordia starts MIAC play at Gustavus at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, in St. Peter, Minn.

"The bye week's gonna come in handy, we've got a few kids who are tired and banged up," Horan said. "Gustavus won't be easy, they're probably one of the favorites in the (MIAC), they've got one of the best quarterbacks in the league. ... They're 2-0 and it'll be a great test for us."

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