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Moorhead State football starters cited after fight with Cobbers

Tim Zander1 / 2
Jeff Schuette2 / 2

Two starters on the Minnesota State Moorhead football team were cited for fleeing police on foot and disorderly conduct after a fight with Concordia players earlier this month.

Timothy Zander and Jeff Schuette were both given citations for fleeing police and disorderly conduct, according to court documents filed last week in Clay County District Court.

Schuette was also cited for consuming alcohol as a minor and possessing fake identification.

Moorhead police Lt. Tory Jacobson said no one else was cited or arrested in connection with the fight, which involved 10 to 12 people according to initial calls to police dispatch.

Reports filed with the citations say that police were called to the Taco Bell on Eighth Street South in Moorhead at about 12:45 a.m. on Sept. 6 on reports of a fight.

Witnesses told police that a fight had broken out in the parking lot between the Dragon and Cobber players over which team is better.

An officer responding to the scene approached two people running through a nearby parking lot. One of the two was chased on foot, stopping in the intersection of Sixth Avenue South and 10th Street South when the officer threatened to use a Taser on him.

Police identified the man as Zander. He had a cut over his left eye and a large amount of blood on his face and hands, according to court documents.

A wallet that was left in the Taco Bell parking lot had blood on it, and police found an MSUM identification card and other cards in the wallet that had Schuette's name on them. They also found a Montana driver's license that listed a different name.

Police reached Schuette by telephone and he came back to the taco shop. He admitted to fighting, police said, and to getting a fake ID for $80 on the Internet.

An officer administered a breath test to Schuette, who blew a blood-alcohol concentration of .15, according to police. The legal limit for driving is .08.

Zander is a junior safety for the Dragons. Schuette is a sophomore linebacker.

Both faced in-team discipline for the incident, said MSUM head coach Damon Tomeo. Neither player has been suspended, he said.

Phone messages left on Monday for Zander and Schuette weren't returned.

Zander and Schuette are both scheduled to make a court appearance on Oct. 6.