Underwood senior running back Noah Thompson went over 1,000 yards for the season and 3,700 yards for his career on Wednesday night as the Rockets defeated Hancock 68-22 in the final regular season game for both teams.
Thompson ran the ball only six times for 87 yards, but scored three touchdowns. He now has 1,024 rushing yards on the season. Jarrett Werner led the Rockets' ground attack with 103 yards on three attempts, scoring twice.
Underwood finished with 400 yards rushing and 437 yards of total offense. Defensively, the Rockets held Hancock to 95 yards of offense.
The Rockets put 28 points on the scoreboard in the first quarter. At 8:26 of the quarter Dylan Kalenze scored from 20 yards out. Less than a minute later, Thompson scored his first TD on a nine-yard run and then took the two-point conversion in to make the score 14-0. Justin Masloski scored on a 41-yard run and Matt Biegler tacked on the PAT to give Underwood a 21-0 lead with 4:57 left in the quarter. The final points of the period came on a 39-yard run by Thompson and Biegler's kick.
In the second quarter, Thompson scored on a 19-yard run and Biegler added the extra-point with 10:11 left. Kalenze returned a punt 58 yards for another score and Biegler made it 42-0 with the PAT.
Hancock got on the board at 6:44 of the second quarter when quareterback Philip Schaefer completed an 11-yard touchdown pass to Andrew Shaw. He then hit Ethan Baker for the two-point conversion.
Underwood answered with a 48 yard touchdown run by Werner at 4:07 and a 50-yard run by Werner with 1:22 remaining in the half.
On the ensuing kickoff, the Owls' Anthony Koehl returned the ball 74 yards for a touchdown, putting the score at 54-14.
The Rockets scored the only points of the third quarter at 8:55 when Justin Gedde carried the ball in from seven yards out. Carter Peterson scored the two-point conversion.
Werner intercepted a Hancock pass and returned it for a touchdown, making the score 68-14 with 2:50 left in the game.
On the kickoff, Noah Kannegiesser got Hancock's second return touchdown of the game, going 77 yards for the final score of the game. Cody Greiner found the end zone on the two-point conversion run.