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Comets blast Pirates 55-6

Photo by Steve Schulz Cody Yungbauer (44) picks up and runs with a ball after Hillcrest's quarterback threw a quick out to a receiver. The ball was close to being a lateral, so Yungbauer grabbed it and scampered toward the end zone, but the referees rules it was a forward incomplete pass.

Zach Taylor scored four times and Daniel Tungseth tossed three TD passes last Friday as the Hillcrest Comets hammered Verndale's Pirates 55-6.

Taylor scored on runs of four and 15 yards and caught TD passes of 25 and 32 yards from Tungseth, who also hit Grant Stroud with a 25-yard touchdown pass. Andrew Twedt hit paydirt twice, on runs of 19 and 55 yard run.

Cody Yungbauer, who logged 63 yards on 21 carries, put Verndale's lone touchdown on the scoreboard in the third quarter with a seven-yard run.

Taylor picked up 104 yards on 21 rushing attempts while Stroud picked up 101 on just five carries. Twedt ran the ball just seven times for 96 yards.

Tungseth hit on 10 of 12 passes for 147 yards. Tungseth completed nine of his passes to Taylor, Stroud and Andrew Stender for 141 yards.

Colton Moyer led Verndale's defensive effort with 11 stops. Yungbauer was credited with 10 tackles and Andy Bounds came up with nine.

The loss dropped Verndale to 1-3. The Comets upped their record to 3-1.

Hillcrest 55, Verndale 6

Hillcrest 13 28 7 7 - 55

Verndale 0 0 6 0 - 6

Hillcrest: Zach Taylor 15 yd run (PAT failed), Taylor 25 yd pass from Daniel Tungseth (PAT Morten Reksten kick), Grant Stroud 70 yd run (PAT Redsten kick), Taylor 2 yd run (PAT Reksten kick), Andrew Twedt 19 yd run (PAT Reksten kick), Taylor 32 yd pass from Tungseth (PAT Reksten kick), Stroud 25 yd pass from Tungseth (PAT Reksten kick), Twedt 55 yd run (PAT Reksten kick)

Verndale: Cody Yungbauer 7 yd run (PAT failed)

Hill. Vern.

First Downs 15 6

Yards Rushing 299 72

Yards Passing 147 34

Total Yards 446 106

Passes 10-12 4-12

Penalties 8-65 3-25