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Card leads Pirates past Comets in Pheasant North duel

Dillon Card ran for two touchdowns and passed for another as the Verndale Pirates stopped Pheasant North foe Hillcrest 20-14 Friday night in Fergus Falls.

Cards scored on runs of 2 and 21 yards and hit Dallas Ehrmantraut on a 29-yard scoring route. The Verndale sophomore quarterback racked up 193 yards on a whopping 39 carries. The Pirates had 244 of their 280 total yards on the ground.

Ehrmantraut made both grabs for Verndale to gain 36 yards in the air. His biggest contributions were on defense where he led his team with 14 tackles. Grant Grossinger made 10 tackles in the game. The Pirates limited the Comets to just 89 yards rushing and 89 passing.

The Comets were down 20-0 in the fourth quarter when Theo Taylor scored on a one-yard plunge for Hillcrest's first TD. After a two-point safety, the Comets struck from long range with Dalton Tostenson hitting Jared Christensen on a 37-yard pass play.

The victory boosted Verndale to 3-1 while dropping Hillcrest to 2-2.

Verndale 0 6 8 6 - 20

Hillcrest 0 0 0 14-14

Verndale: Dillon Card 21 yd run (PAT failed), Dallas Ehrmantraut 29 yd pass from Card (PAT Card run), Card 2 yd run (PAT failed)

Hillcrest: Theo Taylor 1 yd run (PAT failed), Safety, Jared Christensen 37 yd pass from Dalton Tostenson (PAT failed)

Vern. Hill.

First Downs 16 11

Yards Rushing 244 89

Yards Passing 36 89

Total Yards 280 178

Passes 5-9 7-15

Intercepted By 1 1

Fumbles Lost 0 1

Penalties 5-30 1-10