Nolan Morical

(file photo) Nolan Morical has been a fixture in the backfield for the Alexandria Cardinals since 2018, his sophomore season. In the 2020 football season opener on October 9th, Morical rushed for more than 200 yards and became the school's all-time leading rusher. Alexandria prevailed over Saint Francis 49-14. 

(Alexandria, MN) -- During a 49-14 football win against Saint Francis Friday evening, Alexandria's Nolan Morical scored four times while becoming the school's all-time leading rusher.

Senior Nolan Morical rushed for 222 yards four touchdowns during the Alexandria Cardinals' season-opening win Friday night at Viking Bank Field. The accumulated yardage on the ground vaulted Morical to the top of the list of all-time leading rushers in school history. He has been a starting running back since his sophomore season.

Morical's first half touchdown came on a five yard run in the opening quarter. He added three rushing scores in the second half, when the Cardinals pulled away from a five-point halftime lead. Alexandria outscored Saint Francis 30-0 after halftime to prevail, 49-14.

KXRA Sports Director Dave McClurg describes the fourth quarter touchdown run that made Morical the all-time rushing leader in school history. The audio is below.

Junior quarterback Carter Steffensmeier threw for 264 yards and three scores in the Alexandria victory Friday night. Junior Kristen Hoskins was on the receiving end of all three Steffensmeier scoring passes.

Defensively, the Cardinals put the clamps on the Fighting Saints' offense in the second half. Saint Francis only gained three first downs in the last two quarters, and one of those was on an Alexandria defensive penalty. After intermission, the Cardinals yielded less than 50 yards to the Saints, after Saint Francis accumulated more than 200 total yards in the opening half. Alexandria recovered four Saint Francis fumbles in the victory.

The 1-0 Cardinals will travel to Moorhead Friday night for the first North Central Red District game of 2020. The Spuds won the 2019 Section 8AAAAA title. The 2020 Moorhead team dominated Buffalo during a 56-6 victory in Wright County Friday night.

Game time at Jim Gotta Stadium on the Moorhead High School campus is set for 7:00 Friday evening. Audio of the game will be available on 1490 AM/100.3 and 105.7 FM, KXRA and through the VoiceOfAlexandria app.