Friday Night (Spot)Light: Spuds get mashed by Knights
In a rematch of the first game a year and change ago, the Moorhead High School Spuds faced off against the St. Michael - Albertville Knights.
Through the first half to the game each team struggled against the opponents defense, with a total of 9 points being scored. All nine on the board were for STMA while it stifled the Moorhead offense on every offensive possession. The best scoring opportunity for the Spuds came on their first possession.
They got the ball with a short field and were able to push to within the one yard line but the Knight's defense stood tall and didn't allow the score. Most of the rest of the first half was spent in the middle of the field for the Spuds. The second half had a different feel.
Moorhead started with the ball but went three and out. STMA had a rocky first possession in their own right, eventually leading to a a long down and distance but the quarterback completed a 37 yard pass to wipe the errors away. On the very next play, the second touchdown of the game was scored on a 5 yard touchdown run by #20, Mitchell Kartes, his second of the game.
It could have been a back breaker but Moorhead continued to play hard and fight to keep the game competitive. The ensuing offensive possessions were tough from the Spuds but then a big strip by #37 Mattheau Pickar allowed the offense another chance to score. After grinding to a fourth and 11, they were able to convert for a first down at the nine yard line. The next play was a five yard run to the four yard line, which brought to mind the first offensive series of the game. The results were different this time, #26, Otis Weah, took the handoff in for six on the first play of the fourth quarter. Because of the 16 point deficit, Moorhead attempted a two point conversion pass but was unsuccessful.
Encouraged by the points on the board, the Spuds defense forced another three and out, but the offense wasn't able to capitalize this time. That would be the theme through the remaining minutes of the game.
While not an explosive offensive game for either team, it was a fair showing for Moorhead but St Michael - Albertville showed why they are the reigning state champs for Minnesota 5A. It's a long time from now but it's quite possible that another meeting between these teams will happen in the future.