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BHS football: Jacks prepared for road game against Fergus Falls

Bemidji football coach Troy Hendricks wasn't too surprised by what he saw on the field during Friday's 40-13 victory at Moorhead. Heading into the game Hendricks felt the Lumberjacks possessed the experience and had the talent to open the campaign on a positive note.

"What I saw from this team is the number of kids who committed in the off-season to get bigger, faster and stronger," Hendricks said. "You don't win football games in September. You win football games in the off-season and we showed that at Moorhead."

The Lumberjacks dominated the Spuds and even Hendricks was a little surprised by that domination.

"We don't contain Moorhead like that very often," Hendricks said. "Our skill players did their jobs and our inexperienced players grew up very quickly.

"Defensively we did a nice job of shutting Moorhead down and that started with the guys up front," the coach continued. "And Cody (Rutledge), Dom (Hayle) and Carey (Woods) did great jobs (in the secondary). Defensively we were impressive on Friday night and we were impressive this week on film."

The work of the defense bought time for the offense to take complete control in the third quarter. Leading the charge were quarterback Mitchell Hendricks and Woods in the backfield. Hendricks booted a 21-yard field goal and a minute later connected with Woods on an 84-yard swing pass.

Woods capped the 16-point stanza with a 71-yard run and the runaway was on.

"We knew we had big-play potential and in the second half we made the big plays," the coach said. "It takes everybody on the team to make those big plays. On the pass to Carey the protection was great. Mitchell usually had time to roll or stay in the pocket and that led to the big plays."

The coach is hoping to see more of the same Friday at Fergus Falls.

"We've had a good week or practice and the coaching staff is comfortable that we will be prepared to play a good game on Friday," Hendricks said.

A year ago BHS belted the Otters 35-6 on a rainy evening in Bemidji. The Jacks defense did not allow a first down all night while the offense forged a 14-6 lead at the break and widened it in the second half.

"But this year Fergus Falls has a much better team than it has had in the past," Hendricks cautioned. "Fergus has skilled players returning including at quarterback, runningback and the offensive line. And it also has a very aggressive defense."

Last week the Otters opened with a 45-13 victory over St. Cloud Apollo.

Bemidji did not sustain any injuries at Moorhead and, with the exception of kicker and punter Jon Henry who will be sidelined the entire year, the Jacks will be at full strength tonight.

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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