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9/4/99 Moorhead St. over Concordia 44-7 at Fargodome.
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Concordia vs Moorhead St.
1st annual Power Bowl at Fargodome |
Sponsored by Moorhead Public Service and Missouri River Energy Services
Sept. 4, 1999, 1:35 

Moorhead State 44 Concordia 7
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Press Stories
9/10 The Concordian: Dragons rout Cobbers in Powerbowl 
 Tim Hanson, The Concordian |
9/5 Tribune Story, MSU Crushes Concordia |

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1990 CC L 32  35
1991 CC L 16  21
1992 CC W 13 12
1993 CC L 0 21
1994 CC L 21 41
1995 CC W 10 7
1996 CC L 14  31
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The Setting
Sept. 4 1999, 
at Fargodome, 1:35 
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Sat 4, Sept. 1999

10:00 Valley Fest Parade  Postponed for one week.
9:45 Men's Cross Country Away Concordia @ Itasca Park
9:30 Women's Cross Country Away Concordia @ Itasca Park 9:30
12:30 p.m. Olin Hill - Pep Rally (rainsite: Centrum)
1:00 Women's Soccer Away Concordia vs Wisconsin Stout
1:35  Football  H Concordia vs Moorhead State at the Fargodome
2:00 Men's Soccer Away Concordia vs Briar Cliff at St. John's Tourney

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The Power Bowl - Concordia vs Moorhead St.
NCAA Football, Sept. 4, 1999
Sponsored by Moorhead Public Service and Missouri River Energy Services.

The 1999 Power Bowl, the 77th meeting between Concordia and Moorhead State, sponsored by Moorhead Public Service and Missouri River Energy Services.  Our Power Bowl sponsors, in addition to their contributions to the Concordia general scholarship fund and the MSU Athletic Scholarship fund, are sponsoring several awards in connection with this game.

"Power Surge of the Game" award
A "Power Surge of the Game" award, along with a $500 donation to scholarships, will be presented to the team that turns in the best play of the game.

Most "Electrifying Players of the Game" awards
Plaques will be awarded to the game's most Electrifying Offensive Player and Electrifying Defensive Player.

"Touchdowns for Charity"
Power Bowl sponsors Moorhead Public Service and Missouri River Energy Services will present a $100 check to a charity chosen by the scoring team for each touchdown today.  The Concordia team has designated the Dorothy Day House their charity, Moorhead St. has designated the Julie Bruce Medical Fund.

"Power Bowl Traveling Trophy"
The presentation of the new Power Bowl Traveling Trophy to the winning team will take place in front of the south stands immediately after the game.

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A Cobber Early Season Outlook
      by Jerry Pyle, Concordia SID
The Cobbers are looking to rebound from a 4-6 season in 1998, 4-5 in the MIAC. It was just the second losing season for the Cobbers since 1985. Concordia returns two All-MIAC performers from last year's team, senior offensive lineman Jake Estenson and senior kicker Clayton Horgen.  Horgen led the MIAC last year with a 40.65 average on 54 punts. Coach Jim Christpherson, entering his 31st season with a 208-91-7 record, is hoping Horgen won't have to punt as often in 1999.  Cobber captains for 1999 are Estenson and linebacker Nels Paulson.  Concordia has ten players with experience as starters back on defense and seven back on offense.
The Defense:

The Cobbers' spent most of 1998 gaining experience with a young crew that gave up 26 points a game.  The 1999 defense, with ten players having starting experience, should make significant improvement on that number.

Defensive line: Defensive ends Mark Hankel (Jr. 6-2 235 Mapleton, ND) and Travis Boyd (Sr. 6-2  245 Lake Isabella, CA) and tackle Jeff Westrum (Jr. 6-2 265 Clearbrook) form a strong nucleus up front. Boyd was second on the team in tackles with 45 last year from a middle linebacker spot. His move to the line should improve the pressure up front. Hankel led the team in sacks with 9.5 and Westrum was third with 6.

Linebackers: Concordia has four linebackers with starting experience. Joel Vettleson (Jr. 6-1 215 Richmond) came on stong at middle linebacker late in 1998, making Boyd's move to defensive end less worrisome. Two seniors, Jordan Nesvig (Sr. 6-2 220 Fargo) and Nels Paulson (Sr. 6-3 210 Cambridge) are starting at the outside spots. Both saw extensive action there last year. Mike Schwab (Jr. 6-4 200 Billings MT) had 34 tackles at his outside spot last year and adds important depth at linebacker.

Cornerbacks and safeties: Good experience returns in starting cornerbacks Dan Tollefson (Jr. 5-10 170 Madison) and Eric Wold (Jr. 5-11 190 Fargo) and safety Travis Olson (So. 6-2 200 Hawley). Olson was voted 1998 Cobber Freshman of the Year.

The Offense:

Running backs: Len Crouse (Jr. 6-3 210 Hazen, ND) returns for his third year as the starting fullback. He led the '98 Cobbers with 611 rushing yards and 4.3 per carry.  Halfback Jason Braaten (Jr. 5-10 180 Dent) impressed coaches late last year with some impressive running. Coach Christopherson is also hoping to get some added spark in the backfield from Joel Ferrie (HB, Jr.  5-9 190 Moorhead), a transfer from SDSU. Several others are expected to add depth to the backfield.

Quarterbacks: The Cobbers graduated career passing leader (4,889 yds) and three year starter Ethan Pole.  Heading into fall practice there was a battle for the starting spot between two juniors, last year's backup Rob Szymanski (6-0, 190, Great Falls MT) and Jeff Hertel (6-2, 180, Fargo).  Hertel entered 1998 as Pole's heir apparent but then missed the entire season after undergoing surgery to correct a vascular anomoly that caused vision impairment.  Some see Szymanski as the better runner in the option and Hertel as the better pure passer.   But only game experience will tell.  Szymanski is getting the start today but Hertel is expected to see action as well.

Offensive line: All-MIAC captain Jake Estenson (OT Sr.  6-5 280 Rice Lake, WI) will team with fellow returning starters Mark Haugen (OT So. 6-4 280 Moorhead) and Joel Nelson (OG Jr. 6-1 250 Fargo) on what should be an improved offensive line. The big loss to graduation was 1998 Cobber MVP Bob Zacher (6-3 250 Alexandria, MN) at center.

Receivers: Adam Strainer (WR Jr. 6-3 190 Helena, MT) led the Cobbers with 35 catches for 665 yards in 1998.  Two year starting tight end Mike Rydell (Sr. 6-4 230 Bismarck, ND) had 13 catches for 147 yards but is nursing a back injury and may not be available any time soon. Len Crouse is the only other returning Cobber to catch a pass last year, and he caught just 8 for 44 yards.  Strainer is going to be looking at a lot of double teams until some newcomers can prove they are a threat.

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Coming Up at Concordia

Sept. 18, Family Weekend Football vs Bethel  Here 1:00

Oct. 9 Homecoming Football vs St. Olaf  Here 1:00
1999 Hall of Fame Banquet after the Game

Three individual All Americans and Concordia's first National Champion-ship team will be inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame at Homecoming.

Allen Holm '79 - All American offensive tackle on Concordia's 1978 National Championship football team.

Steve Fox '79 - All American intermediate hurdler in both the NAIA National Meet in 1977 and the NCAA Division III Meet in 1978.

Jillayn Quaschnick '89 - All American guard on the 1988 National Championship women's basketball team.

1964 Football Team - First Concordia team National champions

For banquet tickets call 218-299-4434

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Dragon Preview and Game Notes
by Larry Scott, MSU SID

Saddled with a rare losing record a year ago, Moorhead State University heads into the final season of the millenium in search of some football redemption. Returning to contending status in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference is a major priority, but a taxing schedule, perhaps the most difficult in the Dragons' storied history, may be more than a speedbump on the road to recovery.

Having endured only two losing seasons since 1975, the Dragons have seldom needed a roadmap to return from a dead end, and there was little to hint that the '98 campaign that started so well will quickly dissolve into a season of what ifs. Indeed, Tony Duerr debuted in style with 242 rushing yards and five touchdowns in his first start at quarterback to spark MSU to a 41-26 opening day victory over backyard rival Concordia College, but the magic soon evaporated as the Dragons stumbled to a 3-7-0 record. A pair of painful losses to Bemidji State, 22-10, and UM Duluth, 37-34, removed MSU from contending status in the NSIC derby and the Dragons limped home 1-5-0 in the league.

Graduation stripped head coach Ralph Micheli and his staff of some dependable performers from last year's cast, including all-time rushing leader Grover Moore and All-NSIC defensive end Ty Johnson. Moore rushed for 4059 yards in four seasons and was a ready source of instant offense.

Still, the current cupboard is far from bare, and the rebuilt Dragons could be a major player in the NSIC title sweepstakes once again. Duerr rushed for 664 yards and 10 TDs as a junior, and will profit from the starting exposure. Senior Adam Conn returns at fullback, and a batch of eager candidates will ease the loss of Moore at runningback, including juniors Brian Tiegs, Bob Hawkinson and Keith Vollbrecht.

Juniors Ben Brustuen and Cory Schmidgall filled supporting roles much of last season at wide receiver and should be able to handle an upgrade this year. Sophomore wideout Scott Swanson has ample collegiate potential as well. Juniors Ben Trustem and Steve Duke headline a corps of capable tight ends, while senior guards Matt Boehlke and Ben Brown, and junior center Matt Twomey anchor a reliable offensive line.

Moorhead State has some defensive concerns, especially in restocking the frontline, but a seasoned linebacker corps provides a trusty rebuilding block. MSU retains seniors backers Erik Pederson and Ken Weikel, a tandem that rates with the league's finest. Pederson, a serious candidate for several major academic awards, had 98 tackles in 10 starts last year, and Weikel performed admirably until a mid-season knee injury removed him from the Dragons' lineup.

New faces will figure prominently in the rebuilt defensive line, but senior end Colin Anderson, a three-year starter, should be a sturdy anchor. Junior free safety Mark Rylance and sophomore strong safety Adam Roloff matured quickly a year ago in the Dragon secondary, but new cornerbacks must be found.

Moorhead State and Concordia renew their spirited rivalry today in the Power Bowl, and the Dragons face another major challenge next week against national power North Dakota State at the FargoDome. The NSIC season unfolds September 25 against powerful Winona State.

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9/2/99 Release

Concordia vs Moorhead State football moved to the Fargodome

Due to the current and forecasted weather, field conditions and the availability of the Fargodome, the Concordia vs Moorhead State Power Bowl football game Saturday, Sept. 4, at 1:35 has been moved to the Fargodome.

Game time and ticket arrangements remain the same.  Tickets will go on sale at the Fargodome at 11:30 Saturday. Doors open at Noon.

Concordia students will be admitted free with their student ID.

Concordia staff and faculty can purchase advance tickets for $3 through Friday at the Concordia athletic department office. All persons not having advance tickets will pay $7 at the Fargodome tickets booth on game day. Students without an advance ticket or a Concordia student ID will pay $4 on game day.

Jerry Pyle pyle@cord.edu
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Sports Information Director PH 218-299-3194 FAX 218-299-4189
Concordia College 901 So. 8th St. Moorhead Minnesota, 56562

Cobber starters this game

FBRoster-1stOff Pos side
No Name Gr Ht Wt H'town St
C  52 Chad Quamme Jr. 6-0 250 Fargo ND
FB  36 Len Crouse Jr. 6-3 210 Hazen ND
HB  02 Jason Braaten Jr. 5-10 180 Dent MN
OG Left 63 Joel Nelson Jr. 6-1 250 Fargo ND
OG Right 61 Josh Thompson So. 6-2 270 West Fargo ND
OT Right 75 Jake Estenson Sr. 6-5 280 Rice Lake WI
OT Left 79 Mark Haugen So. 6-4 280 Moorhead MN
QB  11 Rob Szymanski Jr. 6-0 190 Great Falls MT
SB  20 Greg Voss Jr. 5-11 185 Waubun MN
TE  87 Brian Martodam So. 6-4 225 Hawley MN
WR  81 Adam Strainer Jr. 6-3 190 Helena MT

FBRoster-1stDef Pos side No Name Gr Ht Wt H'town St
CB Strong 22 Eric Wold Jr. 5-11 190 Fargo ND
CB Weak 42 Dan Tollefson Jr. 5-10 170 Madison MN
DE Left 55 Travis Boyd Jr. 6-2 245 Lake Isabella CA
DE Right 99 Mark Hankel Jr. 6-2 235 Mapleton ND
DT Left 90 Ben Holm So. 6-5 245 Gillette WY
DT Right 94 Jeff Westrum Jr. 6-2 265 Clearbrook MN
FS  07 Travis Olson So. 6-2 200 Hawley MN
MLB  49 Joel Vettleson Jr. 6-1 215 Richmond MN
OLB Strong 03 Jordan Nesvig Sr. 6-2 220 Fargo ND
OLB Weak 57 Nels Paulson Sr. 6-3 210 Cambridge MN
SS  39 Todd Ferguson So. 5-11 190 Alexandria MN

FBRoster-Kickteam Kpos No Name Gr Ht Wt H'town St
SNFG 52 Chad Quamme Jr. 6-0 250 Fargo ND
H/PR 07 Travis Olson So. 6-2 200 Hawley MN
KR 02 Jason Braaten Jr. 5-10 180 Dent MN
K/P 35 Clayton Horgen Sr. 6-2 215 Fergus Falls MN
SNPNTS 49 Joel Vettleson Jr. 6-1 215 Richmond MN
PR 39 Todd Ferguson So. 5-11 190 Alexandria MN

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