NEW YORK MILLS — The Underwood football team clinched its sub-district championship Thursday as the Rockets defeated the New York Mills Eagle 22-8.

“It was a nice team win under very sloppy conditions and in weather like this a lot bad things can happen, but we were able to limit our mistakes and scored when we needed to,” Rockets head coach Chuck Ross said.

Underwood got the scoring underway in the first quarter as quarterback Nik Gardin took off for a 37-yard touchdown. Zane Swanson would run in the 2-point conversion to give the visitor an 8-0 lead. The Rockets would add to it at the beginning of the second quarter as Swanson sprinted 34 yards to paydirt. Swanson would push the lead to 16-0 with another successful 2-point conversion. The Eagles responded on the next drive as Bren Salo dove in from a yard out to prevent the shutout. New York Mills converted the 2-point play to cut the lead in half before the break.

The Rockets continued their strong defensive play in the second half as they did not allow another score. Swanson would put the game away in the third quarter as he scored a 13-yard touchdown.

Gardin led the Rockets on the ground with 112 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries, while Swanson had 56 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries. Swanson (8) and Wyatt Thorson (7) led the Rockets in tackles in the game.

The Rockets will close out its regular season at home as they welcome in Cass Lake-Bena at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

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