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Bemidji HS football team heads to St. Cloud Apollo for first road game

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With a pair of home victories in the books the Bemidji football team hits the road for the first time today when the Lumberjacks head to St. Cloud Apollo.

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BHS is 2-0 after trimming Moorhead 28-21 and thumping Fergus Falls.

Apollo will bring a 1-1 record into the game, opening with a 13-6 victory over Fergus Falls but dropping a 27-7 decision last week to Little Falls.

"Being on the road will be new for the kids," said Jacks coach Troy Hendricks. "The problem with being on the road is we have to handle a 2.5-hour bus ride but we'll keep our focus on what we need to do. We're preparing for a football game and other than the bus ride it will be business as usual."

Bemidji's defense dominated Fergus Falls last week, tossing a shutout and not allowing a first down until the final minute when both teams employed their reserves.

The offense scored 35 points but was slowed by a series of penalties. The special teams played well but also were bitten by the penalty bug.

"Defensively I would grade last week's game as an 'A'," Hendricks said. "Our grade on offense would be a 'C' and on special teams, because of four penalties, I would grade a 'B-'.

"We've had a good week of practice and from a mental standpoint we were focused," the coach continued. "I feel good about our special teams and our offense. And I've always felt good about our defense."

Last week the Jacks lost almost 100 yards on penalties but Hendricks doesn't believe that trend will continue.

"We shouldn't have to worry about jumping offiside on a first-and-goal," he said. "I'm not concerned about those types of mistakes because they are correctible."

Apollo's greatest weapon is its speed and Hendricks is devising ways to slow the Eagles.

"Apollo has better team speed than Fergus Falls and also has a new coaching staff," Hendricks said. "Because of the new coaches we don't exactly know what to expect but our goal will be to take care of ourselves and not beat ourselves.

"That means no offsides on first-and-goal, no turnovers, make good decisions, have the defense continue to play aggressively and create some turnovers," Hendricks added.

E The Lumberjacks came out of the Fergus Falls game without any major injuries. Zach Solheim is still bothered by his knee injury and will not play tonight but noseguard Keefer Bender was activated this week and is expected to see some playing time off the bench.

E Bemidji will return home next week when it entertains Brainerd in the Homecoming contest. The other remaining home game will be Oct. 8 against Sauk Rapids-Rice.

E The Lumberjacks came out of the Fergus Falls game without any major injuries. Zach Solheim is still bothered by his knee injury and will not play tonight but noseguard Keefer Bender was activated this week and is expected to see some playing time off the bench.

- Bemidji will return home next week when it entertains Brainerd in the Homecoming contest. The other remaining home game will be Oct. 8 against Sauk Rapids-Rice.

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Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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