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Rockets Ground Attack Accounts for 5 TDs in Win Over Rothsay

By Craig Olson, 10/13/18, 7:30AM CDT


Underwood scored five rushing touchdowns and accumulated 386 yards in their 42-6 win over Rothsay on Friday night.

“I thought we played pretty well against a very determined Rothsay team,” said Underwood Head Coach Chuck Ross. “Offensively, Rothsay does a nice job of running the outside zone but our three linebackers, Wyatt ThorsonZane Swanson, and Chase Janu did a nice job of shutting it down when we had to as they lead us in tackles and Thorson had 3 for tackles for loss.”

Zane Swanson ran for 139 yards on 12 carries to lead Underwood and Thomas Noyes had 66 yards on 6 attempts. The Rockets ended up with 283 yards rushing. Daxton Olson completed 4-of-7 passes for 103 yards and Noyes was on the receiving end of two passes for 31 yards.

Rothsay was led by Jacob Christ (12 rushes, 73 yards). Noah Fiedler completed 2-of-5 passes for 56 yards. The Tigers had 164 total yards.

"We played well at times tonight," said Rothsay Head Coach Joshua Nordick.  "When we made mistakes they were big mistakes and they cost us.  We need to get healthy and get ready for the short week."

The Rockets took an 8-0 lead at 3:30 of the first quarter when Olson completed a 37 yard touchdown pass to Winston Heifort and Noyes scored the two point conversion.

Second quarter scores by Noyes (20 yard run), Wyatt Thorson (4 yard run) and Swanson (20 yard run), and a two point pass from Olson to Thorson, gave Underwood a 28-0 halftime lead.

Thirty seconds into the second half an Olson pass was picked off by Colby Larson, who returned it for a score, cutting the lead to 28-6. Noyes scored a 3 yard run and Thorson added the two point run to increase the Rockets lead to 36-6. A 2 yard run by Thorson put the score a 42-6 with 1:15 left in the third quarter. The fourth quarter was scoreless.

“Offensively, our line of Nick SeipleLogan AuneTyson RiekenThomas Kaste, and Winston Heifort blocked well all night long as we were able to average 7.4 yards per rush with Thomas Noyes and Swanson averaging 11 yards per rush,” said Coach Ross of the Rockets. “We were also able to mix in some play action passes with Daxton Olson hitting Heifort in stride for a 37 yard TD and Seiple for another 35 yards. This was a nice win for us heading into the last game of the regular season.”

Underwood (6-1) will travel to Moorhead next Wednesday to face Park Christian School, while Rothsay (2-5) will go to Bertha to take on the Bertha-Hewitt Bears.