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by Mike Mahlen

    The Verndale Pirates football team earned a spot in the State Tournament for the second year in a row with a 12-0 victory over Underwood in the Section Championship game on Friday, November 2 in the Fargo Dome. The Pirates will play Mountain Lake Area in the quarter finals on Friday, November 9 at Buffalo High School.

STATS  vs. Underwood    

Rushing attempts: 46     

Rushing yards: 190

Passing attempts: 11

Passing comp: 6

Passing yards: 42

Total yards: 232

First downs: 13

Penalties: 0

Individual Offense

• Passing: Tate Bounds completed 6 for 10  - 42 yards, 1 touchdown.

• Rushing: Matt Steege, 16 carries for 116 yards; and Jarret Kveton, 22 carries for 75 yards.

• Receiving: Brayden Vertina, 3 catches for 30 yards; and Quinn Kern, 1 catch for 12 yards.

Individual Defense

• Tackles: Jarret Kveton, 13; Gideon Ervasti, 12; Quinn Kern, 8; and Craig Orlando, 7.

• Forced Fumbles: Jarrett Kveton, 1.

• Fumble Recovery: Gideon Ervasti, 1; and Matt Steege, 1.

• Interceptions: Zach Brownlow, 1.

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