Homecoming 2016 (Part deux)

September 1

~ The game

By order, summer lingers through September
In Alexandria.
Alexandria! Alexandria!
I know it sounds a bit bizarre,
But in Alexandria, Alexandria
That’s how conditions are.
The rain may never fall till after sundown.
By eight, the morning fog must disappear.
In short, there’s simply not
A more congenial spot
For happily-ever-aftering than here
In Alexandria.

[Some day the greeting trees will be big!]

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[Low 70’s, sunny, no wind – what’s not to like?  Go Cards!]

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[Upon further review, no violation of state air quality regulations.]

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[Hey, we’re rolling!]

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[The opening kickoff . . . by Jaran Roste (1) with the ball flat on the ground?  When Bemidji was introduced, their first player reportedly weighed 145 pounds. We thought . . . the kid must fly!  He was back on the kickoff, so maybe we decided to never put the ball in his hands?  We hard squib kicked the entire game.  BTW, Cardinal fans eventually also filled the Bemidji side of the field with probably a stadium attendance record.]

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[Bemidji ran the ball all the way down the field on a long drive until the Cardinals finally held them on 4th down inside the 5-yard line.  This was our first play from scrimmage – a handoff to Micah Christenson (22).]

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[Not much.]

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[Roste flairs left to Cody Faber (33).  I’m not sure what series this is, but I believe the Lumberjacks had scored again by returning a similar pass to the right that was incomplete but ruled a lateral – the Cards pondered, the Lumberjacks picked it up and ran 41 yards to a TD.]

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[Being down 12 – 0 got the juices flowing . . . ]

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[The Cards marched down the field . . . ]

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[Roste eventually scored on a 4-yard run.  Then the Cards scored again on a 56-yard pass to Thomas Anderson to take a 13 – 12 lead.  On the 1st play of the 2nd quarter, the Lumberjacks scored on a 27-yard pass (one of the few they attempted or completed) to make the score 20 – 13 in their favor.  That would be the Jacks last hurrah.]

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[Spencer Hockert (84)  then scored on a 51-yard pass to tie the score at 20.]

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[The Cards were on a roll during which we scored 10 touchdowns on 10 possessions.]

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[Anatomy of an option play:  Roste rolls right with Christenson tailing . . . ]

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[The Big Uglies hold off the Jacks . . . ]

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[The pitch to Micah . . . ]

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[Who, as usual, picks his way through traffic . . . ]

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[For an 11-yard TD run.]

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[Cards – 27, Jacks – 20 . . . oh, you can see that on the scoreboard below.]

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[And as you can tell from the time remaining in the 2nd quarter, the Cards had scored 4 TD’s in about 4 minutes.]

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[Roste drops to pass, Hockert sprints up the left sideline.]

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[Must be some trickery involved here . . . ]

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[Because I can’t see the ball?  Micah doesn’t have it?]

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[A flair to Faber on the left flank . . . ]

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[For a nice gain.]

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[Then a great ball fake set up this . . . ]

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[Wide open . . . ]

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[17-yard TD pass to Bryce Ludwig (87).]

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[Chandler Cole (38) on a sweep.]

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[Although he’s lost in the “crowd,” this was a 61-yard TD pass to Hockert.]

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[Roste back to pass as we move down the field again . . . ]

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[Culminating in this 15-yard TD run by Jaran.]

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[Halftime score – yup, that was 7 TD’s in a little over one quarter!]

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[Has a famous sister.]

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[It’s halftime and here comes the Homecoming Royalty.  Your goal will be to see of you can identify each of the participants by comparing these photos to those contained in the flyer at the top of this page.  Helpful hint:  Each pairing contains one girl and one boy.]

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[Hey, I hear you say, what about the class of ’65?]

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[OK!]

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[The point guard.]

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[No photos, please!  In some states, this is considered prison garb!]

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[Meanwhile, back at the football game, Micah and Cody prepare to receive the second half kickoff.]

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[Something’s happening at the far end of the field?  Due to the size of the crowd, it was difficult for Brad and I to amble (and sit) anywhere near field center.  So, the south end action was hard to shoot.]

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[Something is definitely happening down there?  It was likely the 21-yard TD pass to John Urman.  We do have a lot of receivers who can make plays.]

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[Jaran flairs right again . . . ]

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[Leading to his 3-yard TD run . . . ]

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[Followed by his . . . ]

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[5-yard TD run.]

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[This was the final score, though the game would not be over for more than another quarter.  The starters sat it out from here.]

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[I fled the game before finish because the lead seemed safe halfway through the 4th quarter.  Made a bee line to the winery to meet friends, and Anthony.  Then a bee line to SAWA with said friends, and Patchouli.  Not a bad day.]

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[We subsequently learned that Roste’s day of 5 TD passes and 4 rushing TD’s set a state record of 9 TD’s in a game!  Photo from Echo Press.]

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Senior quarterback Jaran Roste puts a move on a Bemidji defender during a run in the third quarter on Saturday afternoon. Roste set a state record for most total touchdowns in a game with nine after he threw for five scores and ran for four more. (Eric Morken | Echo Press)

[Photo by Voice of Alexandria.]

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I’ve found prayers work best when you have big players.  ~  Knute Rockne

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About tomobert63

The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “alexandriacardinals.wordpress.com,” which overwhelmed the system’s ability to handle it any more. Thus, this is “Part 2.” As the original was initially described: 10-26-07-4 “It all began in a 5,000 watt radio station in Fresno, California” . . . wait a minute, that was Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show! Let’s see . . . oh yeah, it all began in 2003 when retirees, i.e., old people, in Alexandria, Minnesota, who had no desire to become snow birds, went looking for mid-winter entertainment here in the frozen tundra of West Central Minnesota. We discovered girls’ high school hockey, fell in love immediately, and it remains our favorite spectator sport to this day. Initially, and for several years, reports on these games were e-mailed to those who were actually snowbirds but wanted to keep abreast of things “back home.” It was ultimately decided a blog would be more efficient, and it evolved into a personal diary of many things that attracts tens of readers on occasion. It remains a source of personal mental therapy and has yet to elicit any lawsuits. ~ The Editor, May 9, 2014 p.s. The photo border around the blog is the Cardinal girls’ hockey team after just beating Breck for the state championship in 2008. It’s of the all-tournament team. The visible Breck player on the left is Milica McMillen, then an 8th-grader – she is now an All-American for the Gophers. The Roseau player in the stocking cap I believe is Mary Loken, who went on to play for UND; and the Cardinal player on the right, No. 3, is Abby Williams, the player we blame most for making us girls’ hockey fans who went on to play for Bemidji State. *********************************************************************************** Photos contained herein are available for personal use. All you have to do is double click on any of the photos and they will become full screen size. You can then save them into your personal “My Pictures” file. They make lovely parting or hostess gifts, or holiday gifts for such as Uncle Ernie who wants to see how his grand niece is doing on the hockey team. If any are sold for personal profit, however, to, for example, the Audubon Society, National Geographic, Sven’s Home Workshop Monthly, Curling By The Numbers, or the World Wrestling Federation, I only request that you make a donation to the charitable organization of your choice. You have two hours and fifteen minutes. Pencils ready? Begin! **********************************************************************************
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