ARMSTRONG - North Union just couldn't stop Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn's ground attack. The Hawks rushed for 372 yards in a 35-12 victory in the Warriors' final home game of the season on Friday.
HMS took a little while to get started, but the Hawks' Hunter Kuehl broke free with a 52-yard run with 2:12 remaining in the first quarter. The PAT made it 7-0.
North Union scored next when Jacob Braddock connected with Braden Ortman on a 55-yard strike with 11:52 left in the second quarter. North Union's PAT kick went wide as the hosts trailed 7-6.
Kuehl broke through the North Union defense late in the first half, this time on a 76-yard jaunt with just 50 seconds left on the clock. The PAT was good as the Warriors trailed 14-6 at the break.
HMS continued its ground game in the second half.
The Warriors scored once in the third quarter as Aric Runge connected on a 27-yard strike. The two-point conversion failed. The hosts trailed 28-12 after three quarters.
North Union finished with 86 yards on the ground despite Cody Runksmeier rushing for 100 yards on 18 carries. However Runge had minus-26 yards on eight carries. Braddock carried the ball four times for 13 yards.
Runge was 5-of-14 passing for 72 yards while Braddock was 1-1 for 35 yards.
Ortman had the one catch while Braddock caught two passes for 33 yards, Kaleb Olson caught two passes for 33 yards and Trent Pedersen caught one pass for 6 yards.
Runksmeier led the defense with 14 tackles while Jacob Govern had 12, Olson had 11 and Eythan Blair had eight.
North Union also was hurt by three turnovers-two fumbles and one interception.
North Union (1-7 overall) ends the season against Okoboji next Friday in Milford.
Spirit Lake 45, South Central Calhoun 12
Spirit Lake secured a district championship with a 45-12 win over South Central Calhoun on Friday. After leading 17-12 at halftime, the Indians dominated the second half against the Titans.
Watch for the rest of the story next week.