Long before Moorhead was a hockey school, they were a football school.
The memories of the Spuds 1987 state championship are still fresh depending on who you talk to at Jim Gotta Stadium.
That’s what makes Wednesday’s news on this fall’s version of the Spuds such a big deal. Moorhead was named the “mythical” state champions Wednesday by the Associated Press, after a 7-0 season where they won every game by double digits.
The offense stole the show this year. Quarterback Trey Feeney threw 36 touchdown passes to just one interception.
The defense was led by a pair of Division I prospects, Jack Teiken and Austin Altpeter. The most points they allowed in a game this year was 13.
Full disclosure I live in Moorhead and my wife teaches at Moorhead High. But there’s no bias here. This team earned the number one ranking. They went to a 6A school in Buffalo and won. They went back to the Cities and shut out the third ranked team in Class 5A in Rogers.
Kevin Feeney arrived in Moorhead in 2010. A decade later and he can rightly say this:
“Every single player on our football player on our team will forever be the 5A champs in Minnesota. Gosh it felt good to say that.”
It’s been a long time coming for Moorhead and its football team. But you can rightly say it once more. Moorhead is a football school again.