THIEF RIVER FALLS -- Aaron Chirpich's 32-yard field goal in overtime lifted the Northland Pioneers to a 17-14 win over the Central Lakes College Raiders in non-conference football Saturday.
"Northland's 32-yard field goal barely cleared the goal post," Raiders coach Mike Degen said.
Phillip Shogren's 42-yard field goal attempt in overtime that would have tied the game for the Raiders went wide.
"The ball was over the uprights of the goal post but was to the left by about four feet," Degen said.
The Pioneers took the lead early, scoring eight points in the first quarter and six in the second.
The Raiders did not score until the fourth quarter when they tied it on a 5-yard pass from quarterback Matt Yde to Justin Vold and on a 10-yard run by Yde. Both extra-point kicks were made by Shogren.
"It was a hard-fought battle the whole way," Degen said. "Our players never gave up. We were down by 14 points at the half but fought back to send the game into overtime. These are the type of games we need to win.
Scott Imgrund led the Raiders in rushing with 16 carries for 104 yards. Yde completed six passes for 18 yards and was intercepted four times. Justin Vold had five catches for 15 yards.
"Scott Imgrund had a great game for us," Degen said.
Derrick Ackerman recovered a fumble for the Raiders. Nate Heim and John Schultz each had 11 tackles and Edward Word 10 to lead CLC. Schultz also had an interception for the Raiders.
Central Lakes College 0 0 0 14 0 -- 14
Northland 8 6 0 0 3 -- 17
N-Kris Scherer 16 run (Ben Mosack run) 7:29
N-Scott Olsen 12 run (run failed) 27.7 seconds
CLC-Justin Vold 5 pass from Matt Yde (Phillip Shogren kick) 6:37
CLC-Yde 10 run (Shogren kick) 2:57
N-Aaron Chirpich 32 FG
First downs -- N 13, CLC 17
Rushes-yards -- N 53-272, CLC 44-178
Pass comp-att-int-yards -- N 3-20-1-50, CLC 6-23-4-25
Total offense -- N 322, CLC 203
Fumbles-lost -- N 2-1, CLC 3-2
Penalties-yards lost -- N 5-52, CLC 5-45
Rushing -- Northland-Scherer 23-112, Olson 26-91; CLC-Scott Imgrund 16-104, Matt Peterson 16-30, Yde 5-21, Jason Small 3-17, Nick O'Reilly 1-4, Phillip Rasset 3-2
Passing -- Northland-Mosack 1-13-0-15, Brad Bulger 3-8-1-29; CLC Yde 6-21-4-25, Peterson 0-2-0-0
Receiving -- Northland-Scherer 2-13; CLC-Vold 5-15, Matt Steffen 1-10
Overall -- Northland 2-2, CLC 1-3. Next game -- CLC at Rochester 2:30 p.m. Sept 23.
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