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FOOTBALL: Jacks earn The Axe, end six-year winless drought against Moorhead

MOORHEAD -- For the first time since 2012, the Bemidji High School football team defeated Moorhead on Friday night by a 43-28 score to win the battle for The Axe trophy and bring it back to Bemidji.

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Caleb Grant of Bemidji carries against Moorhead during their football game Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, at Moorhead. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

MOORHEAD -- For the first time since 2012, the Bemidji High School football team defeated Moorhead on Friday night by a 43-28 score to win the battle for The Axe trophy and bring it back to Bemidji.

Despite the 22-14 deficit going into halftime, the Lumberjacks (3-1) returned for the final 24 minutes and played nearly flawless football.

After an immediate Moorhead (0-4) three-and-out, Bemidji quarterback Jacob Beberg hit Ryan Bieberdorf for a 51-yard catch, and James Williams ran in an eight-yard touchdown on the next play. For the two-point conversion, running back Caleb Grant pitched to Bieberdorf, who found Beberg in the end zone to tie the game at 22-all.

After the Bemidji defense forced turnovers on the first play of the next two Moorhead drives, Bemidji drove the ball 35 yards, largely thanks to a 31-yard Bieberdorf reception, and Grant punched in a 1-yard touchdown for a 29-22 BHS lead after Cole Milz drilled the extra point.

Early in the fourth quarter, the Jacks stretched the lead to 36-22 on another Williams 8-yard score around the outside.

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Moorhead marched into Bemidji territory from its own 24 yard line on the ensuing drive, but then fumbled and Isaiah Rintala – this week’s replacement for Conrad Robertson, who was suspended after a late hit against Sauk Rapids-Rice last week – recovered for the Jacks.

Starting at midfield, BHS used Williams on the ground to lead a long drive, running the clock down and capping it off with another 1-yard Grant touchdown for a 43-22 lead with less than two minutes remaining.

Moorhead quarterback Trey Feeney made quick work of his next drive with completions of 22, 15, 7, 11 and 3 yards, ending with a touchdown to Drew Hagen to cut the Bemidji lead to 43-28, but Bemidji was comfortable with its lead and recovered the onside kick attempt and ran the clock to the buzzer.

In the first half, Bemidji’s first play from scrimmage resulted in a Beberg interception, but the Jacks quarterback would finish 13-for-20 with 239 yards and a touchdown through the air.

Bemidji’s first-half touchdowns were both Kade Peterson’s, one 62 yards through the air and one 18 yards on a sweep around the edge.

Moorhead was able to counter, through, with touchdown passes of 50 yards and 13 yards to Tommy Horan, and running back Riley Schock also scored on the ground from four yards out.

On the game, Bieberdorf had eight catches for 140 yards, while Peterson had the one catch for 26 yards and a touchdown through the air and two rushes for 26 yards and a touchdown on the ground.

Williams and Grant each carried to the house twice, Williams racking up 68 yards on 12 touches and Grant 58 yards on eight touches.

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For the Spuds, Feeney had 255 yards passing for three touchdowns, while Schock put up 109 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries but lost two fumbles.

The Jacks return home next Friday, Sept. 28, to host Brainerd at 7 p.m. at Chet Anderson Stadium for Homecoming night.

Bemidji 43, Moorhead 28

BHS 14 0 15 14 -- 42

MHD 16 6 0 6 -- 28

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