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Pirates move closer to unbeaten season

The Verndale Pirates made the most out of their longest road trip of the season Wednesday night as they racked up a 64-12 victory over Hancock.

Amos Schmidt scored four touchdowns, including one on a 73-yard kickoff return.

Matt Willis, Dustin Motschenbacher and Jacob Perius broke off scoring runs of 45, 61 and 43 yards for the Pirates.

Colby Schmidt hooked up with Nathan Wiese for a 37-yard touchdown.

The senior-dominated Owls pounced on a punt return fumble at the Verndale 30 in the first quarter and Brendan Foss caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from Drew Schmidgall. Foss caught a 59-yard scoring aerial in the third quarter.

"It rained right from the start and it got pretty sloppy," Verndale head coach Mike Mahlen said. "There were a few turnovers both ways but I think we did a fairly good job. Our ground game did pretty well. They had some success passing against us. They had a receiver we couldn't cover."

The state-ranked Pirates will go for their second straight perfect regular season record Tuesday when they host Chokio-Alberta/Herman-Norcross in a 7 p.m. game at Mahlen Field. The Spartans, who defeated Ashby 14-8 Wednesday night, will bring a 5-2 record into the game.

Verndale 64, Hancock 12

Verndale 14 28 16 6 -- 64

Hancock 6 0 6 0 -- 12

Verndale: Matt Willis 45 yd run (PAT Amos Schmidt run), Colby Schmidt 1 run (PAT failed), A. Schmidt 14 yd run (PAT C. Schmidt run), A. Schmidt 6 run (PAT C. Schmidt run), Nate Wiese 37 yd pass from C. Schmidt (PAT failed) A. Schmidt 3 run (PAT failed), A. Schmidt 73 yd kickoff return (PAT C. Schmidt run), Dustin Motschenbacher 61 yd run (PAT Kyle Booth pass from C. Schmidt), Jacob Perius 43 yd run (PAT failed)

Hancock: Brendan Foss 10 pass from Drew Schmidgall (PAT failed), Foss 59 pass from Schmidgall (PAT failed)

Verndale 52, Eagle Valley 20

Amos Schmidt scored a season-high five touchdowns as the Pirates throttled the Rebels on a cold and wintery October night.

Schmidt came close to the 200-yard mark as he gained 192 yards on 23 carries. Schmidt scored on runs of one, 13, 10, five and 22 yards.

The Pirates scored all but a pair of their 52 points on the ground. Colby Schmidt ran in a touchdown from 15 yards out and Motschenbacher capped the scoring with an 18-yard run.

Cody Yungbauer backed up Amos Schmidt with 82 yards on five carries.

Trevor Midbrett logged 81 yards on 14 attempts for the Rebels and broke off a 55-yard run in the second quarter.

Sam Cook caught six passes for 36 yards in the loss.

Amos Schmidt led a balanced defensive effort with 11 stops. Motschenbacher, Colby Schmidt, Jon Kohlhase and Kyle Booth all came up with nine tackles. Dan Kneisl recovered a fumble for the Pirates.

Verndale 52, Eagle Valley 20

Verndale 16 22 8 8 - 52

Eagle Valley 0 8 8 12 - 20

Verndale: Amos Schmidt 1 yd run (PAT A. Schmidt run), A. Schmidt 13 yd run (PAT A. Schmidt run), Colby Schmidt 15 yd run (PAT failed), A. Schmidt 10 yd run (PAT A. Schmidt run), A. Schmidt 5 yd run (PAT Justin Kern pass from C. Schmidt), Dustin Motschenbacher 18 yd run (PAT failed)

Eagle Valley: Trevor Mibrett 55 yd run (PAT Mibrett pass from Tyler Oftedahl), Ryan Kilau 23 yd pass from Oftedahl (PAT failed), James Olson (PAT failed)

Vern. E.V.

First Downs 19 18

Yards Rushing 390 230

Yards Passing 22 60

Total Yards 412 290

Passes 4-4 9-18

Penalties 1-10 5-40