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Forum staff reports, Published November 08 2013

Thompson runs Underwood to victory in Minnesota 9-man football

ROSEVILLE, Minn. – Underwood running back Noah Thompson rushed for 294 yards and a touchdown on 47 carries to help the Rockets to a 34-21 win over Nicollet in the quarterfinals of the Minnesota 9-man football state tournament.

“We give a lot of credit to our offensive line, we just kept pounding it at them” said Rockets head coach Chuck Ross. “They finally wore them down in the second half.”

Thompson, who is leading Minnesota high school football in rushing this season, was the first to score Friday on a 24-yard run.

“He had 2,100 rushing yards going into tonight,” Ross said of his star running back.

Underwood’s Matt Biegler added 75 rushing yards and scored three touchdowns. Max Kohler added a pair of interceptions in the second half to hold Nicollet to just seven points after halftime.

N 0 14 7 0–21

U 14 7 13 0–34

U–Thompson 24 run (Hauge kick)

U–Hauge 8 pass from Creek (Hauge kick)

N–Fischer 84 pass from Elliot (kick failed)

N–Elliot 11 run (Christenson pass from Elliot)

U–Biegler 2 run (Hauge kick)

N–Elliot 5 run (Fischer kick)

U–Biegler 7 run (Hauge kick)

U–Biegler 5 run (kick failed)

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING: U, Thompson 47-294, Creek 10-106, Biegler 17-75, Kalenze 4-13. N, Elliot 14-63, Christenson 3-12.

PASSING: U, Creek 4-7-0 19. N, Elliot 19-36-2 259.

RECEIVING: U, Hauge 1-8, Rubink 2-11. N, Christenson 5-48, K. Fischer 6-140, M. Fischer 7-53, Bloemke 1-17.