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Moorhead dominates St. Cloud Apollo in section quarterfinal football win

October 30, 2019

Moorhead High senior reserve Zach Hilber catches his first pass in a varsity football game and breaks two tackles to get his first varsity touchdown during the Class 5A Section 8 quarterfinal game against St. Cloud Apollo Oct. 22 in Moorhead.

Moorhead had a slow start in the quarterfinal game. Having to punt and a turnover on their first two possessions did not appear to bode well for the Spuds, but then they scored on each of the next six drives in the first half of the game.

Quarterback Trey Feeney went to town as he passed to Blake Walthall for a 42-yard touchdown reception, followed by a 22-yard touchdown pass to Brady Walthall. George Nyanforh had a 48-yard run to score his touchdown before the end of the first quarter.

Feeney hit Brady Walthall twice in the second quarter for touchdowns on short passes of six yards and three yards, respectively. The Eagles got their only touchdown on a pass, but failed at the two-point conversion after that. Feeney finished the second quarter with a seven-yard scamper up the middle to make the score 42-6 at halftime. Feeney connected on 13 of 17 passes for 177 yards.

After the domination by the Spuds in the first half, Moorhead’s backup players took the field for the second half of the game. Senior reserve Zach Hilber caught a 20-yard pass from quarterback Carson Zimmel to make the score 49-6, after the seventh successful point after touchdown kicked by Caden Triggs.

Nyanforh was the leading rusher for the Spuds with 72 yards, followed by Ernie Gonzales with 22 yards and Keenan Wendt with 16. Blake Walthall received seven times for 62 yards, followed by Drew Hagen who received three times for 62 yards. Brady Walthall added two receptions for 52 yards. Parker Woods had a reception for 15 yards in the fourth quarter. Lee Karfear and Jack Teiken had four tackles each. John Lehrer and Caden Berg added three each, while Austin Altepeter, Giulio Angotti, Cristian Vega, Thomas Myers and Haakon Peterson each had two tackles. Saif Allawi had nine kickoffs for a total of 416 yards, with the longest being 60 yards, and three were touchbacks.

The Spuds advanced to play Alexandria in the semifinal game Oct. 26. 

Photo: Bill Grover

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