Notes and quotes from Concordia and Minnesota State Moorhead for Saturday’s (Sept. 11) football games. The Cobbers host Valley City State at 1 p.m. at Jake Christiansen Stadium, the first game the Cobbers will play on their newly installed FieldTurf. The Dragons open their Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference schedule at 1 p.m. at Winona State.
- Cobbers head coach Terry Horan said having FieldTurf has made this week less stressful as far as worrying about field conditions with all the rainfall. “I’m sleeping well,” Horan said.
- Horan is hopeful the Cobbers can established their running game against the Vikings. Concordia rushed for rushed for 118 yards on 31 attempts in a season-opening loss at Dickinson State. QB Mike Dunham led the way with 55 yards on 10 attempts. “I’d love to see our slot backs or fullbacks rattle off and be one of our top ground gainers,” Horan said.
- Horan on the Cobbers’ 29-24 season-opening loss at Dickinson State. “We feel we got one taken away from us on Saturday,” Horan said of losing on a long pass play in the final minute. “I don’t know if we were the better team at Dickinson State, but we were in position to win it.”
- Dragons sophomore center Jason Flesher is likely done for the season with a knee injury. Junior guard Zack Tournangeau is being shifted to center, while senior Terrell Crawford will take over Tournageau’s starting spot at guard.
- MSUM faces a big task in containing Winona State junior nose guard Matt Ulrich (6-8, 305). “We’ve got to be able to control their nose (guard),” MSUM interim head coach Joel Beard said. “He’s a big kid. He’s active and he can move pretty well for his size.”
- Dragons offensive coordinator Damian Droessler hopes his team can bounce back from a 30-0 season-opneing loss at Missouri Southern. “Consistency, that’s what we really struggled with in Game 1,” Droessler said. “Too many kids kind of got big-eyed when the lights came on and didn’t play as consistent as we’d like them to and when the opportunity came to make big plays, we weren’t in position.”
- Dragons senior wide receiver Ty Small thinks Saturday’s game carries more weight than the season opener. “This game is a lot more important that last game,” Small said. “It counts towards the conference and everybody is looking down on us right now.”