FRAZEE — The Underwood Rockets moved to 2-0 in the early football season as they defeated the Frazee Hornets 44-18 Friday.
Frazee would score the first points of the night as Broden Fleisher rushed in a 2-yard score. The conversion after failed, putting the game at 6-0 in favor of the home team.
That would be the last time that the Hornets would lead as the Rockets responded late in the first with a 22-yard touchdown run by Nik Gardin. Chase Janu rushed in the two-pointer to put Underwood up 8-6.
In the second quarter, both teams battled but late scores by Janu, from 10 yards, and a Gardin to Timothy DeVaney 12-yard touchdown pass gave the Rockets a 22-6 halftime lead.
Underwood carried over the momentum as Gardin hit Winston Heifort for a 27-yard touchdown pass in the third. A failed conversion put the score at 28-6. Frazee would find the endzone for the second time as Cole Fleisher found Broden Fleisher for a 15-yard touchdown. The Rockets responded on the next drive as Zane Swanson put his foot in the ground and took off 32 yards for a score to push the game to 36-12 after a successful two-point conversion.
In the fourth, Gardin plunged into the endzone from a yard out and ran in the two-pointer for the Rockets final score. Frazee would add a garbage-time touchdown late to close out all scoring.
Swanson led the Rockets on the ground with 133 yards on nine rushes and a touchdown, while Gardin scored two touchdowns and rushed for 100 yards on 11 carries.
Defensively, Janu recorded an interception for the Rockets, while teammates Heifort and Noah Schleske each had a sack.
“I give a lot of credit to our offensive line of Tyson Rieken, Noah Schleske, Joey Kupfer, Logan Aune, Logan Johansen, Winston Hiefortand Tim Devaney, who did an outstanding job of opening holes against a physical defensive line,” Rockets head coach Chuck Ross said. “Zane Swanson showed his elusiveness and had a great night running the ball. QB Nik Gardin keeps getting better and better as he ran for two touchdowns and throwing for two more.”
The Rockets will play their first home game of the season next Friday as they host Roseau at 7 p.m.