BARRETT — The West Central Area/Ashby football team put points on the board early and held off the charging Pillager Huskies late to claim at 28-22 victory Friday.
The Knights jumped out to an early lead as Jaden Norby called his own number twice in the first quarter. Norby would take the ball in from 2 yards out and then from 11 yards to build a 16-0 with two 2-point conversions converted.
Pillager wouldn’t throw in the towel as they took control of the second quarter. The Huskies would score on a 4-yard touchdown run by Erik Peterson but the 2-point conversion after failed. Pillager would cut the lead to two at the break as Peterson hit Spencer Schaefer for a 25-yard strike and follow with a successful 2-point conversion.
In the second half, the Knights would go back to what was successful as Norby would scamper for a 7-yard touchdown run in the third. In the fourth quarter, West Central Area looked to put the game away as Anthony Sykora plunged in from 5 yard outs to bring the score to 28-14. Pillager responded on the next drive with a 22-yard touchdown scamper and a 2-point conversion cut the lead to six. The Knights defense would hold off the charge to pick up the win.
“WCAA played with a ton of heart,” Knights head coach Nate Wood said. “So proud of them.”
Norby would finish the game with 80 yards on 22 carries and three touchdowns, while also going 5-for-13 for 98 yards through the air. Tate Christenson led the Knights with three catches for 60 yards.
Jordan Lohse recorded an interception for West Central Area, while teammates J.J. Sabolik and Christenson each had a sack in the win.
The Knight will now travel to Henning to take on Otter Tail Central at 7 p.m. Friday.