Article by Craig Olson
Nearly two hours of lightning delays made for a long night for the Pelican Rapids football team on Friday as they fell to United North Central 40-0.
The first delay came just three minutes into the game with UNC having scored an early touchdown on a 3 yard run by Kirby Hrdlicka and a two point conversion by quarterback James Clark. After waiting nearly an hour to resume play, Hrdlicka broke a 32 yard run for his second TD of the night with 4:46 remaining in the opening quarter. Before the Warriors could run the conversion play lightning once again stopped the game. The teams and fans waited out another hour of delays before Clark again ran in a conversion try, making it a 16-0 score.
In the second quarter, Hrdlicka scored once again, this time on a 21 yard run. George Lausten pushed the lead to 24-0 with the conversion run with 9:32 remaining in the half. UNC then sacked Pelican Rapids quarterback Oakley Kressin the end zone for a safety and Clark then returned the kick-off 63 yards for another score, giving the Warriors a 32-0 halftime lead.
The only touchdown of the second half came on a 28 yard pass from Clark to Alan Pietila. Hrdlicka took the two-point conversion into the end zone.
Hrdlicka was the workhorse, rushing for 173 yards on 16 carries. Clark added 64 yards on seven attempts. He also completed 4-of-5 passes for 69 yards. UNC had a total of 291 rushing yards and 355 yards of total offense.
“We came out with a ton of intensity and energy Friday night. I knew all week our guys were anxious to get back on the game field after a tough loss to a very good Park Rapids team. They were a bunch of crazed dogs, and all we had to do was unlock the leash.We we build on this win, and continue to make progress as the season moves on”-Coach Nordick
For the Vikings, Oakley Kress completed 7-of-12 passes for 63 yards and Carlan Haugrud ran for 71 yards on 10 carries.
The Warriors return home on Friday night as they take on the Wadena Deer Creek Wolverines in Sebeka. Kickoff is set for 7:00pm.