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Warriors battle Bears

North Union stays with No. 4 BG through first half

September 22, 2017
David Swartz - Managing Editor ( , Estherville News

ARMSTRONG - Hosting fourth-ranked Bishop Garrigan North Union did everything it could to give Warrior fans a homecoming victory.

But the Golden Bears shut down the hosts in the second half on the way to a 22-6 victory.

"Our guys fought and battled all night," said North Union coach Matt Ernster. "Our coaches couldn't be more proud of the relentless effort."

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Early in the first quarter, North Union got the first break after they were forced to punt. The Garrigan punt returner didn't signal for a fair catch and was hit as soon as the ball touched his hands. Brendan Anderson recovered the fumble, as the Warriors took over on the Bear 32-yard line.

While North Union was unable to take advantage of the short field, the Warrior defense came up big. On second down for Garrigan, the running back fumbled behind the scrimmage line and was tackled for a loss. On third down, North Union sacked Garrigan quarterback Brad Capesius. On fourth down, a false start by the Garrigan offense gave them fourth and 31 as they punted from their own 9-yard line.

North Union's Jordi Rodriguez made a good return on the punt, taking the ball all the way back to the Garrigan 10-yard line right before the end of the first quarter.

Two plays in to the second quarter, North Union quarterback Brendan Anderson was looking to pass and ended up scrambling and out-racing the Garrigan defense to the corner of the end zone to put his team up 6-0.

While the two-point conversion attempt failed, the Warriors led 6-0 with 11:08 left in the first half.

That apparently woke up the Garrigan offense though the Bears started the next drive at their 27 and marched all the way down field with Drew Bacha running the ball in from 8-yards out. Capesius completed a two-point conversion pass to Myles Koob for an 8-6 Garrigan lead with 6:22 left in the first half.

After North Union went three-and-out on its next drive, Garrigan looked to add to its lead, driving to the Warrior 10-yard line. However, a chop block call against the Bears pushed them back to the 25 and a tackle behind the line of scrimmage on the ensuing play made it third-and-goal from the 28-yard line. On third down, a backwards pass by Capesius bounced off his receiver and the Warriors recovered the fumble to end the threat.

However in the second half, Garrigan scored 14 unanswered points to pull out the win.

North Union finished with 99 rushing yards with Isaac Engeman with 15 carries for 35 yards while Derek Thompson had 12 carries for 27 yards, Rodriguez had five carries for 28 yards and Anderson had two carries for 9 yards.

Anderson completed one pass, a 7-yard connection with Preston Brandenburg.

Engeman led the Warrior defense with 10.5 tackles while Andrew Schiltz had seven and Nate Joyce and 6.5. Brady Anderson, Engeman and Schiltz each had a solo sack while Joyce and Schiltz each had a sack assist.

Hunter Pierce had one interception and Brady Anderson, Brendan Anderson and Brandenburg each recovered a fumble.

North Union (1-3 overall, 0-2 in district play) is on the road in Hartley this Friday to take on Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn (2-2, 1-1).



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