During the past two Fridays the Bemidji High School football team has traveled the width of Minnesota, opening the year in Moorhead and then heading east to Duluth.
The result was a split as the Lumberjacks lost in the final seconds 34-30 to the Spuds but recovered nicely, drubbing Duluth Denfeld 45-14.
Friday Bemidji will make its home debut when it entertains Duluth East at 7 p.m. at Chet Anderson Stadium.
Duluth East also is 1-1, opening with a 27-7 victory at Grand Rapids but losing 43-6 last week at home to St. Michael-Albertville.
The Lumberjacks have gotten off to quick starts in both games and hope to continue that trend Friday. Against Moorhead BHS returned the opening kick for a touchdown. Last week the Jacks ran the kickoff to their 40 and eight plays later Brady Schmidt put BHS on the board with a 7-yard touchdown.
And Bemidji would never look back.
The Jacks have been efficient offensively. They average 243 yards on the ground and 95 through the air and they are yet to lose possession by a turnover.
Tanner Boes leads Bemidji’s running game with 134 yards on 25 carries. Quarterback James Hendricks has 124 yards on 11 rushes and he also has hit 11 of his 18 passes for 190 yards and two touchdowns.
Schmidt has carried 11 times for 111 yards.
Something for everyone
Friday’s football game is one of five home varsity events on tap this week involving five different teams. The home schedule began Monday when the swimmers and divers hosted Grand Rapids and Perham.
Thursday the girls tennis team welcomes Thief River Falls at 4 p.m. while Saturday’s schedule sees the girls soccer team hosting Moorhead at 1 p.m. and the volleyball team entertaining Duluth East at 2:30 p.m.
On the road
The boys soccer team has been home for five of its first six games and the Jacks took advantage of the home field advantage, going 5-0-1 during that stretch.
The down side of those early home appearances is a stretch of away games. BHS will play 10 of its final 12 games on the road. That stretch began Monday with a match at Detroit Lakes.
On Saturday the Lumberjacks will head to Walker-Hackensack-Akeley.
The girls soccer squad (5-2) visits Grand Rapids Thursday before closing the week Saturday at home against Moorhead.
In addition to Thursday’s action against Thief River Falls the tennis team travels to today’s Detroit Lakes Triangular, facing the home team at noon and East Grand Forks at 2 p.m.
Bemidji is 2-0 in dual action this fall, stopping Grand Rapids 4-3 and East Grand Forks 5-2.
The cross country teams visit Little Falls on Thursday. Last week in their home meet at Greenwood the Lumberjacks claimed both the girls and boys individual titles. Jenna Truedson dominated the field to win the girls race and Sam Carlson claimed the boys race by more than four seconds.
The boys also captured the team title while the girls were eighth.
Bemidji’s volleyball team faces a tough week with a pair of road tests and Saturday’s home appearance against Duluth East.
Today sees BHS traveling to Brainerd and Thursday it will head to Nevis. Last fall Nevis finished second in the state Class A tournament and the Tigers enter this week rated third in the state Class A poll.
The swimmers are coming off the championship of their home invitational last Saturday. Individually BHS won six events that day and setting the tone was the 200 medley relay foursome of Erin Arndt, Danielle Hoven, Libby McRae and Steph Frey.
Other event winners were diver Kylei Grosfield, Erin Arndt in the 100 fly, Frey in the 50 free and 100 free plus the 200 free relay squad of Arndt, Maris Jahner, Hoven and Frey.
In addition to Monday’s meet the swimmers and divers will participate in Saturday’s Hibbing Invitational.