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Knights Remain Unbeaten with 28-22 Win over Pillager

By Craig Olson, 09/21/19, 12:45PM CDT


The West Central Area/Ashby football team remained unbeaten through four weeks with a 28-22 home field victory over Pillager on Friday night in Barrett.


The Knights got on the board with a pair of first quarter touchdowns to take a 16-0 lead after one quarter of play.  Jaden Norby scored the first TD on a 2-yard run and then hit Tate Christenson for the two-point conversion at 7:39 of the first quarter.  At the 2:55 mark, Norby scampered 11 yards for the second Knight touchdown and then connected with Gage Staples for the conversion.

Pillager rallied with 14 points in the second quarter on a four yard run by Erik Peterson and a 25 yard pass from Erik Peterson to Spencer Schaefer, putting the halftime score at 16-14 in favor of West Central Area/Ashby.

The only score of the third quarter was a 7 yard run by Norby with 5:20 to play in the quarter, giving the Knights a 22-14 advantage.

In the fourth quarter, West Central Area/Ashby increased their lead to 28-14 on a 5-yard run by Anthony Sykora with 7:44 remaining in the game.  Pillager drew back to within six points when Tucker Peterson scored on a 22 yard run and Jack Bentson ran in for the two-point conversion with 6:21 to go.

West Central Area/Ashby compiled 261 yards of offense, 163 rushing, 98 passing, and Pillager had 243 total yards (182 rushing, 61 passing).  The Knights converted n 9-of-16 third down attempts and recorded 22 first downs in the game.

Rushing leaders for the Knights were Norby (22 carries, 80 yards) and Sykora (17 carries, 56 yards).  Norby also completed 5-of-13 passes for 98 yards.  Christenson caught three passes for 60 yards and Staples hauled in two for 38 yards.  Defensive leaders were Norby and Connor Nadgwick with 3 solo tackles and 4 assisted tackles, each, and Jordan Lohse with 3 solo and 3 assisted tackles, to go along with an interception.  J.J. Sabolik earned a sack.

Tucker Peterson led the ground attack for the Huskies with 130 yards on 18 carries.  Erik Peterson completed 3-of-10 passes for 61 yards.  Tucker Peterson picked off a pass and Hunter Gjovik (6 solo tackles, 5 assisted tackles) led Pillager in tackles.