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Mooseheart Football Team Is 2-0 After Big Win Over Westminster Christian

By DARRYL MELLEMA, Associate Editor, Moose Magazine
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Mooseheart defenders Eric Vogeler (No. 29) and Freddie Okito combine to force a fumble by Westminster Christian’s William Rathjen in the first half of Mooseheart’s 46-17 victory. The Ramblers’ Hameed Odunewu recovered the fumble.



Mooseheart receiver Jacob Ranum (No. 80) breaks away from Westminster Christian defenders Scotty Graziano (No. 83) and Max Tucker. Ranum raced the remaining 50 yards to score a 65-yard touchdown.



Mooseheart senior Otega Robinson (No. 45) breaks into the Westminster Christian secondary in the Ramblers’ win over the Warriors.



Mooseheart running back Joe Feemorlu (No. 25) breaks free from Westminster Christian’s DeShawn Bloom. Feemorlu gained 107 yards and scored a touchdown in the contest.



MOOSEHEART, IL, Sept. 9It has been a very long time since Mooseheart's football team has had a two-week scoring surge of the kind the Ramblers have produced in the opening two games of the 2013 season.

Coming off a 45-point performance in Week One, the Ramblers went one point better on Saturday in a 46-17 win at Westminster Christian. Those 91 points mark the best two-week point total for the school since late in the 1997 season.

"We have a lot of options," Mooseheart quarterback Will Nicholas said. "Coach (Gary Urwiler) was talking to us in practice a week ago and even in the game, he said 'we have five different options.' We have me, several receivers, not to mention a great running back. Plus our subs for the wide receiver positions and running back - they're hard workers."

Mooseheart is 2-0 overall and 2-0 in the Northeastern Athletic Conference for the third straight year but has a short turnaround before its third contest of the season. The Ramblers host North Shore Country Day on Thursday at 7 p.m. to complete the first third of the season.

"Honestly, I'm excited," Nicholas said. "North Shore is a good team. They've been a good team every time we've played them. It's always been a struggle. It's never been an easy game."

Six different Mooseheart players scored touchdowns against the Warriors (0-2, 0-2), who were playing their first home varsity contest. Nicholas had a hand in four of them. He threw a pair of touchdown passes - a 3-yard pass to Freddie Okito in the first quarter and a 65-yard completion to Jacob Ranum early in the second quarter. Nicholas also ran for two touchdowns.

"I feel like we're ready," Nicholas said. "I feel like we've got to work out a few kinks. But I think we're ready."

The passing TDs were the first scoring plays of the contest, and Ranum's catch-and-run broke the game open. Ranum caught the pass at midfield, broke a tackle, and raced the rest of the way to the end zone.

"It just seemed natural," Nicholas said. "He was there wide open when I threw it. (Ranum) was able to catch it. He's an amazing player. When he took off down the field, I knew he was ready for a touchdown."

Mooseheart continued to score freely through the first half, eventually moving its lead to 32-0. Other first half Mooseheart TDs came on a 41-yard Joe Feemorlu run, a 10-yard Nicholas keeper and a 3-yard run by Otega Robinson.

"I'm pleased with what we had to do," Urwiler said. "In the first half, we worked on our running game. We didn't pass quite a bit today. But it was a good way to start."

Westminster Christian ended Mooseheart's shutout when Joe Sanders hit a 37-yard field goal midway through the third quarter. The Warriors added second half scores when quarterback Max Tucker hit William Rathjen for a 1-yard scoring play and when Xavier Brown ran in from 9 yards in the final half-minute of the game.

Mooseheart kept scoring in the second half as well. Nicholas scored his second TD on a 9-yard run and Tarry Johnson raced 62 yards for his team's final TD of the afternoon.


Mooseheart          6        26      8      6     -    46
Westminster         0        0        3     14    -   17

Scoring plays
MH—Okito 3 pass from Nicholas (run failed)
MH—Ranum 65 pass from Nicholas (run failed)
MH—Feemorlu 41 run (pass failed)
MH—Nicholas 10 run (Feemorlu kick)
MH—Robinson 3 run (Feemorlu kick)
WC—Sanders 37 field goal
MH—Nicholas 8 run (Nicholas run)
WC—Rathjen 1 pass from Tucker (Sanders kick)’
MH—Johnson 62 run (run failed)
WC—Brown 9 run (Sanders kick)

Team Stats
First Downs            15
Rushes-yards        295
Passes                 7-9-1
Passing yards        131
Total yards            426
Fumbles-lost          3-2
Punts-avg.            1-46
Penalties               7-50

Individual Rushing Stats
Feemorlu          10-107
Johnson              4-93
Nicholas              4-29
Okito                   4-28
Robinson            6-31
Gadson               4-15
Camacho           1-(-1)

Individual Passing Stats
Nicholas         6-8-129-1
Yusik              1-1-2-0

Individual Receiving Stats
Ranum           2-90
Okito              4-39
Schwartz       1-2


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