LAKE PARK — The Underwood football team made history Thursday as the Rockets won their first football game since switching over to 11-man as they upended Lake Park-Audubon 46-6.
The Rockets got on the board midway through the first quarter as Wyatt Thorson bulldozed his way for a three-yard touchdown. Zane Swanson would take in the two-point conversion to put Underwood up 8-0. Four minutes later, Nik Gardin sprinted for a 12-yard touchdown to put Underwood up 14-0.
In the second, Swanson would carry the ball for a three-yard score just before half. Gardin converted the two-pointer to give the Rockets a 22-0 lead. With 15 seconds before the break, Gardin would find Chase Janu for a two-yard touchdown pass. Thorson followed with a two-pointer to give the Rockets a 30-0 lead.
The game was well in hand in the second half as the Rockets would score twice more before the final bell. Gardin would provide both touchdowns as he took off for a 49-yard score in the third and a 12-yarder in the fourth. The Raiders would not be shut out as Jaiden Disse got in the endzone midway through the fourth with a 12-yard touchdown.
“Great win to start the 11 man season,” Rockets head coach Chuck Ross said. “I would say our guys are adapting well, but we still have a lot of work to do. Offensively,Nik Gardin, Had a great game starting his first game ever at quarterback running for three touchdowns and throwing his first-ever touchdown pass.”
Gardin led the rushing attack with 109 yards and three touchdowns on 14 carries, while Swanson also broke the 100-barrier with 104 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries.
On defense, Tristan Evavold and Thorson each recorded a sack.
The Rockets will continue their road excursion next week as they take on the Frazee Hornets at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6.