UNDERWOOD — In their first ever 11-man playoff game, the Underwood football team used two second quarter touchdowns to upend the visiting New York Mills Eagles 12-6 Saturday in Section 6A.
The Eagles got on the board first in the game as Logan Small broke free from the pack and went 70 yards for a touchdown. The 2-point conversion failed following the score to give New York Mills a 6-0 lead.
The Rockets would regain the momentum in the second quarter as Eagle quarterback Salo attempted a pass but was picked off by Nik Gardin. Gardin would sprint down the field for a touchdown to tie the game. Underwood did not convert on their 2-point try. Later in the quarter, the Rockets took the lead as Gardin found Winston Heifort for a 16-yard touchdown pass. New York Mills prevented Underwood from scoring on the attempt after to leave the score at 12-6 going into the break.
The two teams traded blows in the second half but neither would score again.
Turnovers stymied both teams attempts as the Rockets turned the ball over five times, while the Eagles had two interceptions in the game.
Zane Swanson had a strong game on the ground for the Rockets as he carried the ball 20 times for 148 yards. Swanson would also lead the team in tackles with six, while Gardin and Krosby Aasness each had an interception.
The Rockets will now travel to the Fargo Dome to take on the Breckenridge Cowboys (7-4) in the section title game at 5:30 p.m. Friday.