Two top-10 ranked 9-Man football teams clashed on Friday night in Underwood as the fifth- ranked Rockets hosted the sixth-ranked Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley Wolverines.
The Rockets won 22-14 to remain unbeaten in five games.
“This was a very good football game between two very good teams,” commented Underwood Head Coach Chuck Ross.
On paper, C-G-B controlled the game as the Wolverines dominated the time of possession and ran twice the number of plays as the Rockets, but Underwood came up with the big plays time and time again to hold off the visitor.
Following a scoreless first quarter, the Rockets struck with 9:38 left in the half when Coy Thorson broke free for a 75-yard touchdown run. The Wolverines blocked the extra-point attempt holding Underwood to a 6-0 lead.
Underwood scored again at the 6:17 mark when Thorson scored on a 58-yard run. This time the two-point conversion attempt was successful as Dylan Kalenze crossed the goal line to make the score 14-0.
Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley scored with 10:09 left in the game on a Jordan Bauer 10-yard run and two-point conversion, cutting the Rockets’ advantage to 14-8.
Thorson scored his third long touchdown of the night from 42 yards out and then ran in the conversion to restore Underwood’s 14-point lead at 22-8.
With 19 seconds remaining, Jordan Bauer connected with Sam Bauer on a nine-yard TD pass. The conversion try failed and the Rockets were able to hold on for the 22-14 victory.
The Wolverines had 306 yards of total offense compared to 293 for Underwood. C-G-B ran for 231 yards, while the Rockets had 257 yards rushing and averaged over 8 yards a carry on the night.
Thorson was outstanding running the football as he gained 236 yards on just 14 carries. Justin Masloski only attempted four passes, completing one for 36 yards to Jarrett Werner.
Wolverines’ quarterback Jordan Bauer was 6-for-14 passing the ball for 75 yards. He also led the Wolverines in rushing with 84 yards on 20 carries. Sam Bauer gained 75 yards on 16 rushing attempts.