McHale Korf and Jayden Rutherford connected on a pair of long touchdowns as the Pelican Rapids Vikings handed the Underwood Rockets a 32-8 loss on Friday night in Underwood. The Vikings had 404 (157 rushing, 247 passing) yards of total offense in the win.
Logan Fahe hauled in a 33 yard pass from Korf early in the first quarter to stake Pelican Rapids to an 8-0 lead after a 2-point conversion run by Rutherford. Rutherford then had an 85-yard catch and run on a pass from Korf to increase the lead to 14-0 with 3:59 left in the opening quarter.
Johnny Ziebell’s one yard TD run made it 20-0 with 6:37 remaining in the first half, and Carson McNeal scored on a 7-yard run with 47 seconds on the clock in the second quarter to make the halftime score 26-0, Vikings. Underwood threatened before the end of the half as Krosby Aasness returned the kick 57 yards. The Rockets setup kicker Soren Floden for a 32 yard field goal attempt that just missed.
The final Pelican Rapids TD saw Korf and Rutherford hook up on a 70 yard pass play and it was 32-0 at the end of the third quarter.
The only Underwood score came on a fourth-and-seven conversion when Reed Leabo hit Jaxon Rich with a 43 yard pass. Aasness ran the two-point conversion into the end zone to put the final score at 32-8.
Pelican Rapids was led by Korf (10 completions, 13 attempts, 247 yards, 3 TD passes, 7 carries, 31 yards), Rutherford (2 catches, 155 yards, 2 TD’s, 6 carries, 34 yards), Logan Fahe (5 carries, 75 yards) and Timmy Guler (5 carries, 44 yards).
Slade Moore led the Rockets with 33 rushing yards on 8 carries. Brien Poser added 28 yards on 12 attempts, Aasness ran for 25 yards on 8 carries and Conner Nelson had 22 yards rushing on 2 attempts. Underwood had 141 yards on the ground and 43 through the air for 184 total yards. Moore led the defensive effort with 11 tackles (10 solo, 2 assisted).
“We have to give a lot of credit to Pelican, they were very physical and utilized their speed well,” commented Underwood Head Coach Ryan Hendrickson. “Our boys battled well. Slade had another big defensive day. The best part of our team is how hard we play, we play with a lot of heart.”
Pelican Rapids (3-1) will close out the regular season with a 6:00pm home contest against Frazee on Wednesday night.
Underwood (2-3) will play at Wadena at 7:00pm Wednesday.