Runaway quarterbackPublished 11:27am Friday, November 15, 2013
The Underwood Rocket football team defeated the Ely Timberwolves in the state 9-Man semifinal Thursday afternoon at the Metrodome, punching its first ever ticket to the Prep Bowl title game. The Rockets made it to state in 1992, 2001, 2006 and 2010, but never made it past the semifinal.
The Rockets fought to a 21-7 lead at the half and held on after a second half surge by Ely to win Thursday’s game.
Underwood fought through scares with injuries as well.
Quarterback Adam Creek went down with a cramping leg in the third quarter. Running back Noah Thompson, who lead the state in rushing this year, also sat out most of the fourth quarter due to an injury to his arm.
Creek, Matt Biegler and Dylan Kalenze took over the running duties and wore down the Timberwolves defense.
Thompson expects to be back for the state championship game Friday, Nov. 29. They will play the winner of the Kittson County Central vs. Grand Meadow semifinal game being played today at the Metrodome.
An enthusiastic crowd crammed into a number of fan buses and followed the team from Underwood.
For complete coverage of the game, see page 8.