VERNDALE - The top-seeded Verndale Pirates rushed for 466 yards in defeating No. 4-seeded Hillcrest Lutheran 52-6 in Section 4 Nine Man semifinal action Saturday night.
Sam and Matt Moenkedick each had first-quarter touchdowns for the Pirates, who never looked back.
Sam Moenkedick rushed for 180 yards and two touchdowns.
Ethan Kern complemented Moenkedick with 116 yards rushing and one touchdown.
Verndale moves on to play No. 2-seeded Ashby in the section championship game at 3 p.m. Thursday at the Fargodome.
Hillcrest Lutheran 0 0 6 0 - 6
Verndale 16 8 20 8 - 52
Vdl- Sam Moenkedick 2 run (Ethan Kern run)
Vdl- Matt Moenkedick 1 run (M. Moenkedick run)
Vdl- S. Moenkedick 17 run (S. Moenkedick run)
Vdl- M. Moenkedick 2 run (conversion failed)
Vdl- Amos Schmidt 38 run (M. Moenkedick run)
HL- Andrew Hohneke 5 pass from Jared Schultz (conversion failed)
Vdl- Kern 51 run (conversion failed)
Vdl - Schmidt 8 run (Zac Meidinger run)
Rushes-yards: HL 31-106, Vdl 64-466
Pass comp-att-int-yards: HL 12-26-1-117, Vdl 1-4-1-24
Total offense: HL 223, Vdl 490
Rushing: HL Tony Tungseth 14-56, Vdl S. Moenkedick 25-180, Kern 13-116, Schmidt 5-68, M. Moenkedick 11-46
Passing: HL Schultz 12-26-1-117, Vdl M. Moenkedick 0-2-1-0, Kern 1-2-0-24
Receiving: HL Nick Tungseth 5-53, Vdl Jake Seaton 1-24
Conference: . Overall: Vern 9-1. Next: No. 1 Verndale vs. No. 2 Ashby at 3 p.m. Thursday at the Fargodome.
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