MOORHEAD — The Minnesota State Moorhead football team's spring game was held Saturday, April 27, and while it was a time of refreshment, it was also a time to reflect.

They had a successful 2018-19 campaign on the gridiron, finishing 8-4 overall and making the postseason for the first time since 1994.

While making it to the Mineral Water Bowl was a triumph in it of itself, they were crushed by opponents Missouri S & T, 51-16.

"It was a little embarrassing going down there and not playing how we wanted to play," said junior wide receiver Grady Bresnahan.

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"The biggest thing we want is to come back from the bowl game and not fall from the expectations," said junior quarterback Jakup Sinani. "The next step is the playoffs. That's everyone's goal."

Head coach Steve Laqua enters his ninth season in charge and is impressed with his squad thus far.

"Coming into our ninth spring ball as a staff, I would venture to say it's one of the best, if not the best group we've had," Laqua said. "This group is hungry and committed to getting better."

Star wide receiver Jake Richter will miss this season with an Achilles injury suffered in the off-season.

The defense won the day on Saturday, pulling out a 31-28 victory.

The Dragons open the season away at Minnesota Crookston on Sept. 5.