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Hillcrest quarterback Jared Schultz (10) battles for some extra yardage as Verndale's Zack Meidinger (26) and a teammate make a tackle last Friday in Verndale's Homecoming game. The Pirates squeaked out a 14-12 victory over the Comets.

Pirates survive late rally to win Homecoming game

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Colby Schmidt came up with a clutch defensive play last Friday as the Verndale Pirates edged the Hillcrest Comets 14-12 in a Homecoming game at Mike Mahlen Field.

With senior quarterback Jared Schultz engineering an 80-yard drive in the closing minutes, the Comets closed to within two as Schultz hit Andrew Stender with a five-yard scoring pass with seven seconds left.

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