No. 10 Moorhead rolls Sauk Rapids-Rice to move to 5-0
MOORHEAD - At the end of every basketball practice, Moorhead senior Matt Bye throws alley-oops to fellow senior Cody Dorow. Dorow decided to play football for the first time ever a little more than a month ago, and Bye's alley-oops to the first-t...
MOORHEAD – At the end of every basketball practice, Moorhead senior Matt Bye throws alley-oops to fellow senior Cody Dorow. Dorow decided to play football for the first time ever a little more than a month ago, and Bye’s alley-oops to the first-time wide receiver are a tad longer these days.
“We’ve played basketball together for a couple years, and we’re already good friends, so now we have this extra connection through football,” Bye said.
The two connected quite a bit in the first half of Moorhead’s 51-12 victory against Sauk Rapids-Rice on Friday. Bye threw for 194 yards and four touchdowns in the first half, with 121 of those yards and two of those touchdowns going to Dorow.
“We’ve been getting better every single game,” Dorow said. “Obviously, during practice we’re working on our chemistry, and it’s showing on the field. Everybody is playing well on offense and defense.”
No. 10-ranked Moorhead could have held its homecoming dance in the end zone at Jim Gotta Stadium on Friday. Spuds spent plenty of time there, scoring 21 points in less than eight minutes to open the game and 48 points in the first half.
After a 47-yard pass from Bye to Dorow on Moorhead’s first play from scrimmage, Ben Lien rumbled into the end zone from 3 yards out to open the scoring. After Malique Delbrune recovered a fumble at the Sauk Rapids-Rice 5-yard line on a botched snap of a punt, Bye found Dorow for a 5-yard touchdown pass on the very next play.
It took four plays after the ensuing Storm punt for Moorhead to make it 21-0 on a 20-yard touchdown pass from Bye to Jade Lawrence. Bye found Dorow for a 42-yard touchdown catch to make it 28-0 just over two minutes into the second quarter, and the rout was on.
“We feel like there’s a higher ceiling for Cody,” Moorhead coach Kevin Feeney said. “He’s aware of our expectations for him. He continues to get better. He’s a playmaker. Every time that balls goes up, he has a chance to get it no matter where it is.”
It had been three weeks away from home for Moorhead. Jim Gotta Stadium was a sight for sore eyes.
“We feel like we’ve been gone for a long time,” Feeney said. “We’re excited to get a chance to play in our community. The community did a great job coming out and supporting us.”
Fireworks went off in the distance with 3 minutes, 16 seconds remaining in the game. They were a tad late. The Spuds had fireworks of their own in the first half.
“We just wanted to take that next step,” Bye said. “It’s one thing to bring the juice to practice, but you have to bring it Friday night. It feels pretty good, but we got to keep going. Can’t take our foot off the gas.”
Dorow may be a basketball player at heart, but undefeated means the same thing in every sport.
“5-0 is awesome,” Dorow said. “I’ve never played football, but I think that’s pretty good.”
SRR 0 6 0 6–12
M 21 27 0 3–51
M-Lien 3 run (Schmidt kick)
M-Dorow 5 pass by Bye (Schmidt kick)
M-Lawrence 20 pass by Bye (Schmidt kick)
M-Dorow 42 pass by Bye (Schmidt kick)
SRR-Zwilling 12 pass by Johnson (kick no good)
M-Duginski 48 pass by Bye (kick no good)
M-Lawrence 12 run (Schmidt kick)
M-Taylor 1 run (Schmidt kick)
M-Schmidt 23 kick
SRR-Peterson 18 pass by Johnson (no kick)
RUSHING: M, Lawrence 5-70, Taylor 4-19, Lien 2-9, Duginski 1-14, Werlinger 2-6, S. Grove 5-21, Baldwin 5-39, Sanders 1-3, Brandt 3-(-1), J. Grove 1-3, Haarsager 1-2, Houseman 1-1. SRR, Thorson 2-8, Keske 17-76, Waldorf 5-(-4), Johnson 5-9, Anderson 2-23, Moliga 3-10, Peterson 1-8.
PASSING: M, Bye 9-11-0 194 yards, Brandt 1-4-1 2 yards. SRR, Thorson 5-12-2 60 yards, Johnson 6-12-1 112 yards.
RECEIVING: M, Dorow 6-121, Lawrence 1-20, Nelson 1-5, Duginski 1-48, Howell 1-2. SRR, Thelen 2-57, Keske 2-34, Kranz 1-11, Waldorf 1-20, Zwilling 1-12, Peterson 3-38.