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From the opening series of plays, it was clear that the Mooseheart team that took the field Saturday against Christian Liberty had a different mindset than the one that faced Luther North one week previously.
The Ramblers stopped the host Chargers on a three-and-out and forced a punt. That kick was deflected, came to Eric Vogeler at the Christian Liberty 37, and the Ramblers senior raced untouched the other direction to score the first of seven unanswered touchdowns in a 48-0 Mooseheart victory.
For Mooseheart, the Northeastern Athletic Conference victory helped erase memories of the 18-13 defeat at Luther North, the only loss of the season so far for the Ramblers (4-1, 4-1.)
""You always preach to the guys that good teams respond and that was kind of our motto this week," Mooseheart coach Gary Urwiler said. "We had to come back out and really feel what we were doing and find some confidence in that. Last week, some things didn't go our way, and I'm happy with how they came out today."
Though Vogeler's touchdown was the only scoring play in the first quarter, Mooseheart still surged to a 28-0 halftime lead. Joe Feemorlu scored 2 of his 3 touchdowns in the second quarter on a 9-yard run and a 1-yard plunge. Quarterback Will Nicholas got the other TD when he took a shotgun snap that went over his head and turned started a scramble that ended in a 58-yard touchdown run.
"To be honest, those are the thing we try to focus on within the game," Urwiler said. "We'd love to score every time we're on offense, but it doesn't always happen that way."
On a day when Mooseheart used eight different ball carriers, Feemorlu had the most carries -- 8 carries on which he gained 43 yards.
With Christian Liberty (0-5, 0-5) struggling to get its offense rolling, the Ramblers got a 9-yard Feemorlu TD run and a Nicholas 1-yard sneak to move the score to 42-0 midway through the second quarter.
Mooseheart's defense recovered three fumbles, intercepted two passes, limited Christian Liberty to 102 total yards and handed the Chargers their fourth shutout in five games. Alex Glynn was the Chargers' main offensive threat, gaining 79 yards on 19 rushes.