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Rockets Handle WDC 53-14

By Craig Olson, 10/04/19, 11:15PM CDT


The Underwood Rockets improved their season record to 5-1 with a 53-14 trouncing of Wadena-Deer Creek on Friday night in Underwood.

Zane Swanson scored on an 8 yard run and added the two point conversion at 8:07 of the first quarter and then added a 30-yard TD run and another two-point conversion to give the Rockets a 16-0 lead at 4:10.  With just 31 seconds left in the opening quarter Nik Gardin found the end zone from 13 yards out and then ran in for the two-point conversion which made the score 24-0 Rockets.

Chase Janu increased the lead to 30-0 on a one yard run with 9:15 left in the half and the Wolverines got on the board at 7:30 when Payton Rondestvedt hooked up with Brayden Kleinke for a 74 yard TD pass.  Rondestvedt kicked the point after to make it a 30-7 game.  Underwood then got a 15 yard run and a two-point conversion run by Brien Poser to take them into the locker room with a 38-7 halftime lead.

At 10:30 of the third Janu scored on a six-yard run and scored the two-point conversion, giving Underwood a 46-7 advantage. 

Rondestvedt hit Zach Shaw with a 5 yard TD pass and then added another PAT kick at 11:50, cutting the Underwood lead to 46-14, however, at 6:40 Underwood added a 12-yard touchdown run by Reed Leabo and a Winston Heifort extra point kick, putting th4e final margin of victory at 53-14.

Underwood had 343 (295 rushing, 48 passing) total yards, while Wadena-Deer Creek threw for 131 yards and had 250 total yards.  The Wolverines also turned the ball over three times, while the Rockets had no turnovers in the game.

Swanson was the game’s top rusher with 98 yards on 6 carries and Timothy DeVaney added 48 yards on 6 attempts and Janu finished with 47 yards on 4 carries.  Gardin completed his only pass of the night to Heifort for 48 yards.

Rondestvedt completed 7-of-15 passes for two TD’s for the Wolverines and also ran for 35 yards on 9 carries.  Dylan Kern led the ground attack with 41 yards on 8 attempts.

Defensive leaders were Slade Moore (11 solo tackles, 3 assisted tackles) and Wyatt Thorson with a sack.

Cameron Pearson had six solo tackles to lead the WDC defensive effort.