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High School Football: Bemidji expecting a tough battle against Fergus Falls

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The Bemidji football team will shoot for its second win in as many starts today when it hosts Fergus Falls at 7 p.m. at Chet Anderson Stadium.

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The Lumberjacks are coming off Friday's 28-21 home win over Moorhead while Fergus Falls dropped a 13-6 decision to St. Cloud Apollo last Friday.

"I don't know much about Fergus Falls," said BHS coach Troy Hendricks. "Fergus Falls was the conference champion two years ago but it struggled with injuries last fall and didn't win a game.

"But Fergus Falls is always a tough opponent for us and I don't expect anything less (tonight)."

Last week's win over Moorhead wasn't secured until Cody Rutledge intercepted a pass at the BHS 25-yard-line in the final minute. That was one of the positive plays that caught the coach's eye while reviewing the film.

"Whether you were a spectator or a coach, on film you could see that we did some very good things against Moorhead," Hendricks said. "But you could also see that we made some big mistakes.

"I was very impressed with the way we came out of the gate," the coach continued. "We won the toss and deferred the flip. Jon (Henry) used the wind to kick it into the end zone liked we hoped he would. Our defense forced a 3-and-out and we had great field position after the punt. We used that position to score and we had the early lead.

"That was an impressive start," Hendricks said.

After building a 14-0 advantage, however, Bemidji was guilty of some lapses on offense, defense and special teams.

"We came out of the gate very fast but during the rest of the game we lacked consistency," Hendricks said. "A team is never fully prepared for the first game of the year. I would hope, however, that we are better prepared for Week 2."

Hendricks plans no major lineup changes although noseguard Zach Solheim is expected to miss today's action because of a knee injury.

"We are in our first week of school so the kids have a lot on their plates but it was business as usual on the practice field," Hendricks said.

E Bemidji quarterback Mitch Hendricks connected on six of his 17 passes for 143 yards and three touchdowns in the Moorhead game. Ben Hengel caught three passes for two scores and 89 yards. Carey Woods had a 28-yard touchdown catch and Zach Declusin gained 26 yards on his two grabs.

Kevin Nelson paced the rushing attack with 100 yards on 18 carries. Hendricks gained 51 yards on eight runs while Declusion had 49 yards on seven carries and Jess Eck ran seven times for 25 yards and a touchdown.

Moorhead's offense finished with 58 yards on the ground and 105 through the air.

E Fans wishing to take the bus to away games should contact Booster Club members Todd Richardson (444-5379) or Mark Froehle (759-9461). The Booster Club is sponsoring chartered motor coaches on a first-come, first-served basis to all road games.

For more information contact Richardson or Froehle.

E Bemidji quarterback Mitch Hendricks connected on six of his 17 passes for 143 yards and three touchdowns in the Moorhead game. Ben Hengel caught three passes for two scores and 89 yards. Carey Woods had a 28-yard touchdown catch and Zach Declusin gained 26 yards on his two grabs.

Kevin Nelson paced the rushing attack with 100 yards on 18 carries. Hendricks gained 51 yards on eight runs while Declusion had 49 yards on seven carries and Jess Eck ran seven times for 25 yards and a touchdown.

Moorhead's offense finished with 58 yards on the ground and 105 through the air.

- Fans wishing to take the bus to away games should contact Booster Club members Todd Richardson (444-5379) or Mark Froehle (759-9461). The Booster Club is sponsoring chartered motor coaches on a first-come, first-served basis to all road games.

For more information contact Richardson or Froehle.

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