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Bears claw at Pirates, but Verndale prevails

Verndale defensive lineman Jon Kohlhase (58) is blocked as Bertha-Hewitt quarterback Jared Hoemberg (2) runs an option play.1 / 4
Verndale head coach Mike Mahlen and assistant coach Jeff Moore prepare to send in a play with quarterback Colby Schmidt. The Pirates made some defensive adjustments at the half which helped them rally from a 16-14 deficit.2 / 4
Verndale's Colby Schmidt (20) dives to make a tackle on Bertha-Hewitt running back Matt Frethem (10).3 / 4
Verndale captains Amos Schmidt and Clay Cottrell hold the Section 4, Class nine-man trophy aloft for their fans.4 / 4