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Pirates pummel Rockets in Pheasant North duel

The Verndale Pirates avenged a season-ending loss to the Underwood Rockets last Friday as quarterback Dillon Card led a 44-13 rout at Mike Mahlen Field.

Chuck Ross and his Rockets ousted Verndale from the Section 4, Class Nine-man semifinals last year 26-16 after the Pirates had reeled off four straight wins and beaten Isle in the section quarterfinals.

But Verndale's grudge against the Rockets went beyond one playoff loss. Friday's victory ended a string of five straight Underwood victories against their Pheasant Conference rival.

Card had his second big game in a row scoring on runs of six, 40 and 50 yards and throwing touchdown passes of nine and 12 yards to Eric Blaha and Will Kramer.

Card amassed 198 yards on 30 rushing attempts. Backing up him up in Vendale's 342-yard rushing attack was Dakota Finck, who logged 41 yards on 14 carries and Andy Bounds, who picked up 33 yards on nine carries and scored on a four-yard run.

Card was extremely accurate with his passes as he converted on 10 of 11 attempts for 97 yards.

The Rockets got a 72-yard touchdown run from Noah Thompson in the first quarter, then had to wait until the fourth quarter to score again when Jacob Mattfeld went over from the five.

Kramer combined with James Kveton and Bradyn Sickels for 13 tackles. The Pirates also profited from four Underwood fumbles.

Underwood 7 0 0 6 - 13

Verndale 14 14 0 16 - 44

Underwood: Noah Thompson 72 yd run (PAT Leroy Hauge kick), Jacob Mattfeld 5 yd run (PAT failed)

Verndale: Dillon Card 50 yd run (PAT failed), Andy Bounds 6 yd run (PAT James Kveton pass from Card), Card 6 yd run (PAT Marcos Gomez run), Eric Blaha 9 yd pass from Card (PAT failed), Will Kramer 12 yd pass from Will Kramer (PAT Kveton pass from Card), Card 40 yd run (PAT Gomez run)

Vern. Und.

First Downs 13 3

Rushing Yards 342 177

Passing Yards 97 45

Passing 10-11 1-5

Total Yards 439 222

Penalties 7-50 4-35