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Spuds improve to 4-2 with football win over Sauk Rapids-Rice

October 9, 2019

Moorhead High’s Jackson Gotta (35) wraps up Sauk Rapids-Rice’s Tayton Philavanh, as Hayden Netland (40) assists with the takedown. Jacob Wesley (65) holds the line to stop forward momentum for the Storm during the Oct. 4 football game at Moorhead.

With the 34-0 win, the Spuds improved to 4-2 for the year behind another strong defensive effort and a balanced attack by the offense.

Scoring started with Wyatt Gunkel receiving a seven-yard pass from Trey Feeney in the end zone. In the second quarter, Feeney added two rushing touchdowns to make the score 21-0 at halftime.

Brady Walthall scored on a 23-yard pass in the third quarter, and George Nyanforh squeezed in a two-yard run to score the final touchdown for the Spuds in the fourth quarter.

Feeney completed 20 out of 25 passes for 225 yards and two touchdowns. Nyanforh carried 12 times for 75 yards rushing. Feeney added 62 yards rushing with two touchdowns of his own, and Keenan Wendt earned every one of his 21 yards rushing.

The Walthall brothers were the leading receivers for the Spuds with Brady Walthall receiving five passes for 63 yards, with his longest being his touchdown, and Blake Walthall receiving six passes for 61 yards. Nyanforh, Jacqui Fitzpatrick, Gunkel and Jack Teiken each contributed double digit receiving yards with 31, 28, 24 and 16, respectively.

Defensively, it was a team effort with 14 Spuds making tackles. Netland and Gotta led the Spuds with four tackles each and both had a tackle for loss. Fitzpatrick and Austin Altepeter each added three takedowns and each also had a TFL. Lee Karfear and Wesley added two more tackles each. Thomas Myers had a TFL as he caught the Storm’s Philavanh in the backfield.

The Spuds will take the game on the road as they battle St. Cloud Tech at 7 p.m. Oct. 11 and head to Bemidji at 7 p.m. Oct. 16 to close out the regular season.

Photo: Renée Grover

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