Rockets hold on to win 39-38Published 11:04am Friday, August 30, 2013
UNDERWOOD – The Underwood Rocket football team kicked off the season in dramatic fashion Thursday night with a one-point win over the visiting Ortonville Trojans.
The Rockets lit up the scoreboard in the first quarter when Adam Creek crossed the goal line from three yards out for the touchdown. The Rockets would hold a 7-0 lead through the first quarter.
Underwood went up by 13 in the second after Rocket Cole Kugler scored from 4 yards out at the 11 minute mark.
The Trojans marched back quickly, however. Quarterback James Nitz connected with Riley Thompson for a long 62 yard touchdown pass just over a minute after Underwood’s second score. Ortonville’s air assault would continue with another Nitz-Thompson connection of 45 yards as the Trojans went on to take a 15-13 lead.
Underwood would respond with a march downfield, scoring with just under a minute left in the half off a four yard run by Brad Winkels.
The Rockets looked to take a 19-15 lead into the locker rooms at the half, but Ortonville kicker Isaac Cloos knocked in a field goal from 31 yards to bring the difference to one at the half, 19-18.
Noah Thompson would open up the second half for the Rockets, breaking a 59 yard run. Underwood took a 32-18 lead after Thompson scored again from 10 yards.
Ortonville’s Nitz and Thompson would not be contained, however, and scored with a minute left in the third with a 10 yard pass into the end zone. The Trojans tied the score up 32-32 in the fourth after Noah Kottke punched one in from two yards for the score.
With five minus left on the clock, Ortonville took its first lead of the game off another pass by Nitz to Ken Schumacher for a 27 yard strike.
After a long Rocket drive as time started to wind down, Kugler scored again from two yards. The extra point by LeRoy Hauge put Underwood up by one with just two minutes to go. The defense stepped up and shut down the Trojan offense, holding on to the lead and their first victory of the season.
Rocket running back Noah Thomspon carried the offense with a 285 yard night. Thompson also scored twice.
Kugler followed up with 58 yards to go along with his two scores. Adam Creek also broke the 50 yard mark and crossed the goal line once.
The Rockets scored all six of their touchdowns from the ground and had four different players find the end zone.
Underwood travels to Verndale next Friday to face the Pirates at 7 p.m.