MOORHEAD -- The Brainerd Warriors and Moorhead Spuds might meet again this fall.
If that occurs it will be in the Section 8, Class 5A playoffs. Brainerd and the 10th-ranked and unbeaten Spuds could end up being the top two seeds.
"What we have to be concerned about is getting better every week," Warriors coach Ron Stolski said Friday night. "Then, if we get better every week, maybe well play them again."
Spuds coach Steve Connelly believes three or four teams could vie for the No. 1 seed in the section.
"This is huge," he said. "Brainerd's got their 5A schools left and we're basically done with them next week."
Brainerd wide receiver and captain Justin Mueller did not play because of a back injury. In two games this season, Mueller has been limited to four catches for 34 yards and one touchdown.
"I just decided let's get him ready for next time," Stolski said, "and see if we can do that because he hasn't been effective."
On the first play from scrimmage you knew it was the Spuds' night. Andrew Gaughan raced around right end and rambled 74 yards before being tackled at the Brainerd 6 by defensive back Sam Gervais. The drive stalled when the Spuds' Willie Roller missed a 24-yard field goal.
"Their offensive line was very good," Stolski, said, "but still, all in all, they get a big first play, Sam runs him down and makes a great play. We make a goal-line stand, they miss the field goal.
"It isn't like we didn't play any football. We played football quite often. When you face a real good team, if you make a few mistakes, speed kills. It always has. When we've had it, you've seen what happens."
Stolski thought the Warriors could rebound from a 21-point halftime deficit.
"At 21-0 we felt like we could still make it a game," he said. "Then they got the two quick scores and ... we have to help our defense out a little bit. Offensively, we weren't able to muster very much."
Brainerd had 83 total yards at halftime to Moorhead's 318.
Brainerd turned the ball over four times and was penalized five times for 25 yards. The Warriors had 92 and 68 yards in penalties in their first two games.
"I will never forgive turnovers but you're trying to win the game," Stolski said. "We didn't fumble but we threw four interceptions. Again, it was a case of us trying to make plays. I don't fault our team there.
"I think we got quite a few turnovers on them. If you balance that out, it's a wash. Other than a half-dozen plays in the first half, defensively we didn't play all that badly. I think it was more a case of offensively not being able to get anything going to a point where we could compete."
Offensive tackle Pete Hiltner and tight end Garrett Warren joined Mueller on the sideline with injuries and didn't play.
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