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Pair stake claim for Dragons' QB position

Jon Frykman wasn't nervous before Minnesota State Moorhead's annual varsity-alumni game Saturday at Alex Nemzek Field. Although he played a reserve role as quarterback last fall, taking only 15 to 20 snaps behind Brad Duerr, Frykman said he felt ...

Jon Frykman wasn't nervous before Minnesota State Moorhead's annual varsity-alumni game Saturday at Alex Nemzek Field.

Although he played a reserve role as quarterback last fall, taking only 15 to 20 snaps behind Brad Duerr, Frykman said he felt at ease in his first significant outing as the No. 1 signal caller.

But waiting patiently on the sidelines, confident in his form after nearly five months of off-season workouts, redshirt sophomore Sean Belmont knew he would get a chance to make a claim for the No. 1 spot.

Belmont was 3 of 4 for 29 yards and Frykman went 6-for-11 with a TD.

Both quarterback performances contributed to a 21-19 varisty triumph.

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But neither of them had an overwhelming performance, leading to talk of a competitive, but friendly, battle for the No. 1 quarterback spot next fall.

"It's definitely not written in stone yet," said Belmont, who played offense for the first time since his senior year in high school.

"It's both something we want, so it's competitive. It's going to make us better, though, because we both want it so bad."

Often working out together during the off-season, Frykman, a senior, said the competitive battle has been positive.

"It's already helped me," said Frykman, who connected on a 5-yard TD pass with Ryan Larson for the varsity's first score of the game.

"In the weight room, we're both pushing each other. We throw together a lot, which helps. We also critique each other."

Last year, the varsity escaped with a 7-6 victory, thanks to a blocked extra-point in the closing seconds of the game.

This year, a varsity defensive stop in the final 30 seconds preserved another narrow victory.

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Ryan Larson, a freshman, rushed for 47 yards and scored a pair of TDs for the varsity.

"We had some first-game jitters. It's going to take some time to get used to playing," head coach Ralph Micheli said.

Varsity 7 6 0 6 -- 19

Alumni 0 14 7 0 -- 21

A-Carter 21 run (Fallas kick)

V-Larson 5 pass from Frykman (Greer kick)

A-T. Duerr 64 run (kick failed)

V-J. Larson 11 run (Greer kick)

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V-R. Larson 1 run (Greer kick)

A-Swanson 24 pass from B. Duerr (run failed)

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING--Varsity, R. Larson 10-47, Sternhagen 9-46, T. Zupke 10-29, J. Larson 4-18, Anderson 4-17, Lhotka 1-4, Frykman 3-0, Aadland 1-0, Belmont 2-(-1). Alumni, T. Duerr 8-71, B. Duerr 8-54, Carter 10-53, Tiegs 9-33, K. Vollbrecht 3-11, Erickson 6-10, Fallas 1-8, J. Zupke 3-2, McClinton 1-(-8).

PASSING--Varsity, Frykman 11-6-0, 51; Belmont 4-3-0, 29 yards; Aadland 1-0-0, 0. Varsity, B. Duerr 23-10-1, 130; T. Duerr 6-1-2, 11.

RECEIVING--Varsity, Davison 5-62, J. Larson 1-6, R. Larson 1-5, Blackburn 1-4, T. Zupke 1-3. Alumni, Carter 4-33, Brustuen 3-61, Swanson 1-24, Clarke 2-12, McClinton 1-11.

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