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Pedersen leads Warriors to victory

Senior kicks 26-yard game-winning field goal for 17-14 win over the Rebels

October 23, 2016
David Swartz - Managing Editor ( , Estherville News

ARMSTRONG - North Union had to overcome a some adversity in winning its final home game on Friday.

After giving up a pick-6 right before halftime to fall behind 14-8, the Warriors shut down visiting Sioux Central in the second half.

North Union senior Trent Pedersen then tied the game on a 5-yard touchdown run with 4:17 left in the game.

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North Union's defense stopped the Rebels and the offense got Pedersen within field goal range.

With 1:09 remaining, Pedersen kicked the game-winning field goal from 26 yards out to give the Warriors a 17-14 victory in the final game of the season.

The Warriors had gotten off to a quick start.

Starting with the ball on their own 32, Pedersen threw a halfback pass to Derek Thompson that took the Warriors to the Rebel 30-yard line.

Two plays later, Isaac Engeman ran the ball for a first down at the 16-yard line. After an offside penalty against Sioux Central gave North Union and first-and-5 at the 11, Pedersen first bulled his way for a first down at the 1-yard line and then took the ball in from there are the next play with 9:45 left on the clock. He then ran in the two-point conversion as North Union had an 8-0 lead with 9:45 still left to go in the opening quarter.

Sioux Central responded with an over 5-minute drive of their own before the Warriors made the stop at their own 13-yard line.

However, when the Rebels got the ball back, Carter Beckman busted free for a 51-yard touchdown run. The two-point conversion tied the game at 8-8 with 7:41 remaining.

Before the end of the first half, North Union used its timeouts as Sioux Central was pinned deep in its own territory.

However after the Rebel punt, North Union's drive would start at their 35. A Pedersen short run was called back to an illegal chop block. On second and 17, quarterback Elliott Hagebock tried to throw a swing pass to Pedersen, but the throw was picked off by Sioux Central's Prestan Samson, who returned it about 25 yards for the score on a 14-8 Rebel lead.

Pedersen finished with 146 yards on 27 carries while Engeman had 30 yards on 10 carries.

Elliott Hagebock was 1-of-4 passing for 8 yards while Pedersen was 1-of-2 for 38 yards.

Defensively, Brady Anderson finished with 16 touchdowns while Engeman had 14.5.

North Union had just three seniors playing in their final game, Pedersen, Eythan Blair and Jared Larson.

"I couldn't ask for any better guys," said North Union first-year head coach Matt Ernster. "They don't miss anything-lifting weights, workouts. "I'm thankful for all they've done."



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