Peterson covers college athletics for The Forum, including Concordia College and Minnesota State Moorhead. He also covers the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks independent baseball team and helps out with North Dakota State football coverage. Peterson has been working at the newspaper since 1996.
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FARGO -- North Dakota State quarterback Easton Stick inflicted damage early, the Bison defense was solid and special teams delivered difference-making plays. That three-phase elixir carried No. 1-ranked NDSU to a 28-14 victory against No. 7-ranked Illinois State on Saturday in Missouri Valley Football Conference play before 18,553 fans at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome.
MOORHEAD — The first half has been good and bad for the Concordia Cobbers through six games. In the team's three losses, the Cobbers were outscored 87-0 in the first half. In the three wins, Concordia outscored its opponents 96-3. "We haven't had too many fast starts," Cobbers head coach Terry Horan said. "We need to establish ourselves right away."
Senior spotlight: Bison offensive lineman Tanner Volson Q: If there was a movie made about your life, who would you choose to play you? The actor I would want to play me in a movie would probably be Arnold (Schwarzenegger) about 30 years ago. Q: What is one thing most people would not know about you? One thing that people don't know about me is that I don't mind cats. Most people think I'm a dog person, but I don't mind cats either. Q: Who on the team would be the best competitive eater?
MOORHEAD — The Concordia Cobbers are going to honor a football rival for the rest of this season. Cobbers head coach Terry Horan said the team is going to wear memorial decals to honor the late John Gagliardi, the legendary St. John's head coach. Gagliardi died Sunday, Oct. 7., at the age of 91. "They will be on every Cobbers helmet for the rest of the season," Horan said.
MOORHEAD — Minnesota State Moorhead sophomore Jake Richter has made attention-grabbing plays the past couples games. The wide receiver had an ESPN SportsCenter top 10-worthy grab in a home football loss against No. 1-ranked Minnesota State-Mankato. Richter followed that with a game-winning grab in an overtime victory at Wayne State. The spotlight isn't something Richter relishes. "He doesn't want the attention on himself," Dragons head coach Steve Laqua said. "He's the ultimate team guy. That is what makes him so well-respected by his teammates."
MACOMB, Ill. -- Western Illinois quarterback Sean McGuire is his school’s all-time leader in touchdown passes and passing yards. Not much of that has come against North Dakota State, however. For the third year in a row, the Bison put the wraps on the accomplished Leathernecks senior.
MACOMB, Ill. - North Dakota State senior defense end Caleb Butler is expected to miss the Western Illinois game Saturday with a shoulder injury, WDAY-TV's Dom Izzo is reporting. Sophomore defensive end Logan McCormick will dress against the Leathernecks. NDSU junior running back Ty Brooks is expected to play. Bison senior wide receiver Eric Bachmeier is also dressed for the first time this season. True freshman wide receiver Kenneth Channelle is also warming up for NDSU.
Senior spotlight: Bison running back Bruce Anderson Q: What is one thing most people don't know about you? I would say that I was born Germany. And the reason most people don't know that about me is because my father was in the Air Force so we traveled around the country a lot. Q: Who is your hero?
FARGO — Fargo Davies built a 14-point lead less than four minutes into the game on a chilly Thursday night. That fast start sparked the Eagles to a 33-14 victory against Fargo South in Eastern Dakota Conference football. "It was good that our kids really jumped on them right away," Davies head coach Jason Thielges said. "That was awesome." The victory also gave Davies (5-3, 4-1 EDC) an inside track to at least a No. 2 seed from the East for the North Dakota Class 3A postseason. The Bruins (5-3, 4-1) lost their first conference game this season.
MOORHEAD — Last weekend, Minnesota State Moorhead wide receiver Jake Richter made a highlight catch that made the ESPN SportsCenter Top 10 and also the ESPN's top college football plays for the week. It's not the first time a Dragons receiver appeared on ESPN due to a catch. During the 2015 season, Cory Ambrose made an improbable reception in a dramatic road victory at Concordia-St. Paul on Sept. 12, 2015. The video of the final drive and game-winning catch is posted above. Below is a reprint of the article that appeared in The Forum after the clutch catch: