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State-ranked CGB clobbers Verndale 44-14

Austin Maanum and Damon Gibson combined for five touchdowns Friday night as Class Nine-man’s No. 1-ranked team racked up a 44-14 victory over the previously unbeaten Verndale Pirates.

The Wolverines rolled up a whopping 456 yards on rushing offense in claiming their sixth victory of the season. The Wolverines extended their winning streak to 19 with the win. CGB was last defeated Nov. 4, 2011 in a Section 3 playoff game with Edgerton-Ellsworth.

Maanum put the game’s first touchdown on the board when he broke free on a 72-yard scoring romp.

The Pirates tied the game at 6-all as Dillon Card found Eric Blaha open in the end zone for an eight-yard TD hookup.

Gibson put CGB back on top with a two-yard run in the first quarter and then stepped in front of a Card aerial and returned the interception 40 yards for six points and 20-6 first quarter lead.

Maanum broke off an 18-yard scoring run to send CGB into the half with a 28-6 lead.

Gibson and Jason Montonye capped the CGB scoring in the third quarter with touchdown runs of 14 and 18 yards.

Dakota Finck shook free on a 69-yard run to give the Pirates a fourth quarter TD.

Finck led the rushing effort for Verndale with 101 yards on six carries. Card logged 83 yards on 18 attempts.

Card was six for eight throwing the ball but was held to 33 yards while being intercepted twice.

Bradyn Sickels and James Kveton tied for tackling honors with 12 stops apiece. Card and Marcos Gomez both recorded 10 tackles. Colter Ehrmantraut had eight.

The Pirates will return to action Friday in a 7 p.m. road game with Brandon-Evansville.

CGB 20 8 16 0 – 44

Verndale 6 0 0 8 – 14

CGB: Austin Maanum 72 yd run PAT failed), Damon Gibson 2 yrd run (PAT Gibson run), Gibson 40 yd interception return (PAT failed), Gibson 4 yd run (PAT Mike Bauer pass from Gibson), Jason Montonye 18 yd run (PAT Gibson run)

Verndale: Eric Blaha 8 yd pass from Dillon Card (PAT failed), Dakota Finck 69 yd run (PAT James Kveton pass from Card)

CGB Verndale

First Downs 25 8

Yards Rushing 456 221

Yards Passing 26 33

Total Yards 484 254

Passes 2-4 6-8

Penalties 6-40 4-29