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Moorhead Spuds and Concordia Cobbers kick off fall football camp

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Moorhead defensive lineman and Washington football commit Elinneus Davis (64) joins the huddle at a Spud football practice
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Today was the first allowable practice for Minnesota high school football and at Moorhead's first day, the Spuds are working for redemption after last year's early playoff exit.

Moorhead is in good hands, returning their starting quarterback and several experienced skill players. However, it's in the trenches where the spuds are most confident, with Division I athletes on both the offensive, and defensive line.

“Football is funny because you're only guaranteed eight games, but we put a whole lot of work into it,” said head coach Kevin Feeney. ”These guys are excited to come out and show what they've done this summer to their coaches and we just have to keep competing and find some guys and build some depth.”

“I'm really excited. We've got a really solid offense,” said senior running back Karson Wendt. “We have got big guys on the line like Micah Cozad and Austin Schultz and I'm really excited to run the ball this year.”

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Concordia's fall camp is also underway and the Cobbers are leaning on an experienced group of returners. >>> Full story here.

With Division I commits on the offensive and defensive line, Moorhead looks to bounce back from last year's first-round playoff loss.

Around the Valley: Indiana State looking to improve offense after dismal 2021 season output

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North Dakota State's Phoenix Sproles carries against Indiana State during their football game in 2021 in Fargo.
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The 2022 prospects for Indiana State and hanging with the rest of the Missouri Valley Football Conference teams probably hinges on its offense. It was in the basement last year in the Valley averaging just 15.9 points per game.

The issue was addressed in the offseason. The Sycamores brought in a new offensive coordinator, Western Michigan assistant Mike Bath, and will have a different look at quarterback and running back.

Head coach Curt Mallory heads into his fifth season as the Indiana State head coach still looking to equal the turnaround of 2018. He inherited a mess going 0-11 his first season in 2017 but went 7-4 and finished third in the Valley the following year.

But since then, the Sycamores have gone 5-7, the team opted out of the COVID-19 stricken 2020 season and was 5-6 last season.

The Sycamores got Dakota Caton back after missing last year with an injury and the pandemic-plagued 2020 season. He was an all-Valley kickoff returner and dependable wide receiver in 2019. >>> Full story here.

On Sunday, that meant scoreless performances from Cody Stashak, who followed Paddack and threw 2⅔ innings, Caleb Thielbar, who struck out all three batters he faced, Joe Smith, Tyler Duffey and Emilio Pagán, who locked down the save after allowing a pair of baserunners in the ninth.

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