Peterson covers college athletics for The Forum, including Concordia College and Minnesota State Moorhead. He also covers the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks independent baseball team and helps out with North Dakota State football coverage. Peterson has been working at the newspaper since 1996.
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MOORHEAD—Concordia quarterback Blake Kragnes had a long scoring run in the first quarter that served like a jolt of java for the Cobbers offense. Kragnes ripped off a 67-yard touchdown run after Concordia faced an early deficit. That play helped spark the No. 19-ranked Cobbers to a 42-20 victory against Augsburg on Saturday in Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football at Jake Christiansen Stadium.
MOORHEAD—Minnesota State Moorhead could have a new starting quarterback under center this weekend. The Dragons play at 1 p.m. Saturday at Minnesota-Crookston in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference football. MSUM head coach Steve Laqua said it will be a game-time decision between senior Demetrius Carr and true freshman Jakup Sinani for who starts at quarterback. Carr has started the first seven games for the Dragons, completing 146 of 262 passes for 1,680 yards and eight touchdowns with 11 interceptions.
OXFORD, Miss.—Ole Miss head volleyball coach Steven McRoberts was asked in what areas had sophomore right-side hitter Emily Stroup improved from her first year in the program. The veteran coach, in his fourth season as Rebels head coach, couldn't decide where to start. "I think everything improved from Year 1 to Year 2," McRoberts said. "She's improved her all-around game, her confidence on a day-in, day-out basis. All that has come together to make her one of the best players on our team."
MOORHEAD – During the 1964 football season, the Concordia Cobbers had portable wood bleachers for seating at the school’s football field. “Those were rickety bleachers,” said Morrie Lanning, a junior defensive lineman on that Cobbers team. “You could get slivers.”
FARGO—Even though No. 1-ranked West Fargo already had the top seed from the Eastern Dakota Conference locked up prior to Wednesday's regular-season finale, the Packers still felt like there was work to be done. Senior running back Jared Franek rushed for three touchdowns in a 41-point first half that sparked West Fargo to a 48-8 road victory against Fargo Davies in EDC football. "We couldn't take this game off just because we already made the playoffs and it didn't technically matter," Franek said. "It still did to us."
MOORHEAD—Concordia senior Chad Johnson sliced through the line of scrimmage, made a defender miss and ran through a tackle at the goal line last weekend, helping cement himself as one of the best in football program history. That 6-yard touchdown run gave Johnson the school record for touchdowns in a career with 35. The 6-foot-1, 210-pound fullback added two more rushing touchdowns in last Saturday's 45-0 road victory against Hamline in Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play.
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- North Dakota State kicker Cam Pedersen played hero again on the road in a heavyweight matchup. Pedersen booted a 36-yard field goal in overtime to lift the No. 2-ranked Bison to a 27-24 victory against No. 8-ranked Youngstown State on Saturday in Missouri Valley Football Conference play at Stambaugh Stadium.
MOORHEAD—Concordia sophomore quarterback Blake Kragnes made his first collegiate start last weekend in a tough spot—on the road against a top-10-ranked team that has a stingy defense. "I feel I was prepared, I just didn't execute very well," said Kragnes, from Dilworth, Minn. Kragnes started for the Cobbers in last Saturday's 21-0 loss at then No. 6-ranked St. Thomas in a Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football showdown. The Tommies limited Concordia to a season-low 108 yards, while causing three turnovers.
MOORHEAD—Former Concordia wide receiver Brandon Zylstra was playing 56ers youth football when he first expressed his long-term goals in the sport. The league was for fifth-graders and sixth-graders with teams from the the Spicer, Minn., area where Zylstra grew up. "He tore up the field from the moment he started," said Marcia Zylstra, Brandon's mom. "His coach always said that kid is going somewhere." A young Brandon also told mom about his expectations.
MOORHEAD—Minnesota State Moorhead lost the turnover battle Saturday afternoon, a statistic that proved costly. Minnesota-Duluth scored 14 points off Dragons miscues and tallied the game's final two touchdowns to rally for a 23-14 victory in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference football at Scheels Field at Alex Nemzek Stadium before 3,102 fans.