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Verndale's Dustin Motschenbacher (13) throws a block on Underwood's Ben Woodman (8) Tuesday night to help spring Zack Meidinger (26) on a 78-yard touchdown run.

Rockets overcome blizzard, Verndale

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Dalton Jampsa rallied Underwood from a 6-0 deficit with a touchdown run and a TD pass to beat Verndale 22-6 Tuesday night in Section 4, Class Nine-man playoff action.


Verndale head coach Mike Mahlen considered playing conditions to be some of the worst he has ever seen.

"It ranks right up there in the top four," Mahlen said after watching his team finish its season in a blizzard.

Zack Meidinger gave Verndale the early lead on the wet and snowy field when he broke loose on a 78-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.

Jampsa brought the Rockets right back and capped the drive with a slick 33-yard touchdown run. Jason Umlauf scored the all-important conversion to put Underwood up 8-6.

Jampsa found Ben Woodman in the fourth quarter with 25-yard touchdown pass that skipped off Meidinger and Dustin Motschenbacher. Collins iced the cake with a one-yard plunge.

Jampsa logged 108 yards on 17 carries. Collins picked up 73 yards on 12 attempts. Umlauf picked up 58 yards on 15 carries.

Meidinger had 93 yards on 19 carries for the Pirates.

The second-seeded Rockets will now host the third-seeded Isle Huskies Saturday at 7 p.m.

The Pirates, who have won the Section 4 title three years in a row, ended the season with a 2-7 mark.

Verndale 0 6 0 0 - 6

Underwood 0 8 0 14 - 22

Verndale: Zack Meidinger 78 yd run (PAT failed)

Underwood: Dalton Jampsa 33 yd run (PAT Jason Umlauf run), Ben Woodman 25 yd pass from Jampsa (PAT Jampsa run), Brett Collins 1 yd run (PAT failed)

Und. Vern.

First Downs 16 2

Yards Rushing 287 114

Yards Passing 24 0

Total Yards 311 114

Passes 1-4 0-3

Intercepted by 1 0

Fumbles lost 2 1

Penalties 1-5 0-0

Brian Hansel
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