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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FARGO — Upon further review, the NCAA will allow teams to show their normal pregame introductory videos for the remainder of the Division I FCS playoffs. Earlier this week, the NCAA sent out a memo that clarified its position of not allowing host teams from showing their normal regular-season videoboard content, including team introduction videos.
FARGO — South Dakota State tight end Dallas Goedert nearly decided to play football for an NCAA Division II program. "I was really close," Goedert said, referring to the offer he received from Northern State in Aberdeen, S.D. "I was hours away from committing to NSU." Then one day, Goedert said, he woke up and decided to text SDSU head coach John Stiegelmeier to let Stiegelmeier know he was going to walk-on for the Jackrabbits.
FARGO — North Dakota State quarterback Easton Stick had a historical afternoon Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Fargodome. Stick threw three touchdown passes to tie a Bison postseason single-game record. He finished with 307 yards from scrimmage to spark NDSU to a 45-7 victory against the University of San Diego in the Division I FCS second round at Gate City Bank Field before 18,305 fans. "Easton Stick played exceptional football," Bison head coach Chris Klieman said.
FARGO — After more than 40 years in coaching and more than 300 victories, Fargo Shanley head football coach Rod Oksendahl decided it was time. Oksendahl announced his retirement Wednesday, Nov. 30, after 43 years of coaching high school football, including 37 as a head coach. He was the head coach for the Deacons the past six seasons. "After 43 years, it's enough, I'm just tired," Oksendahl said. "This just seemed to be a good time to do it."
FARGO — Former North Dakota State quarterback Brock Jensen recently received a text message reminder from his father, Steve, on the championship game efficiency Brock has enjoyed since his sophomore year in high school. In the nine football seasons he's played since, Jensen's teams have played for a championship seven times. His high school teams won two state title games, he led the Bison to three Division I FCS national championships and now he's adding a second Grey Cup game to his resume.
VERMILLION, S.D. — North Dakota State held off an opponent to hold on to a familiar piece of hardware. The No. 4-ranked Bison rushed for more than 360 yards to grind out a 28-21 victory against South Dakota in Missouri Valley Football Conference play Saturday at the DakotaDome.
FARGO — LaMoure head coach Laurie Good said the way her team played Thursday at the Fargodome mirrored how many matches have played out for the Loboes this season: A slow start with a strong finish. "We'd finally get our fire, get together and roll from there," Good said. The No. 3-seeded Loboes fell behind early in the first set against Hazen, but rallied for the set win. That sparked LaMoure to a 25-12, 25-16, 25-19 victory in the first round of the North Dakota Class B state volleyball tournament.
FARGO — Top-ranked Bismarck St. Mary's scored four touchdowns in less than nine minutes to end the first half Friday at the Fargodome. That scoring spree sparked the Saints to a 47-6 victory against Kindred for the North Dakota Class 2A state football championship at Gate City Bank Field. "Momentum is hard to get back in a football game and they had it and they rode it," Kindred head coach Matt Crane said. "We needed at those times to answer and we just didn't."
FARGO—North Dakota State senior Chase Morlock looked up at the high-definition video board in the Fargodome as he broke into the open midway through the first quarter. "I had to check the big screen to make sure I was in the clear," Morlock said with a laugh. No one caught Morlock, who scored on a 71-yard touchdown run for the game's first points. That big play helped spark the No. 4-ranked Bison to a 24-3 victory against No. 15-ranked Youngstown State in Missouri Valley Football conference play Saturday, Nov. 5, at Gate City Bank Field.
FARGO — If No. 1-ranked North Dakota State wants to keep the 75-pound Dakota Marker trophy in Fargo, the Bison need to contain the highest-scoring offense in the Missouri Valley Football Conference. No. 14-ranked South Dakota State is averaging 45 points per game entering Saturday's rivalry game against the Bison at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome. Jackrabbits sophomore quarterback Taryn Christion leads the conference in total offense.