D-G-F's defense stymies Warriors
Jeremy Nordick's main concern entering last Saturday afternoon's Section 8AA football playoff game was containing Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton's quick-striking offense.
The United North Central head coach's concerns were warranted as D-G-F controlled both sides of the ball en route to a 42-0 semifinal victory.
D-G-F's offense compiled a season-high 402 rushing yards while the defense held the Warriors to only 70 total yards in advancing to the section title game.
The Rebels, who averaged 38.2 points a game in going 7-1 during the regular season, entered the section semifinals on a roll. The No. 10-ranked team in the final state Class AA poll had outscored its opponents 291-30 in its last six victories. D-G-F entered the semifinal game against UNC with plenty of momentum after a 61-0 win over Pelican Rapids and a 48-0 win over Walker-Hackensack-Akeley.
D-G-F continued to find the end zone while shutting down the opposing offense in posting its third consecutive shutout.
UNC couldn't contain D-G-F's 1-2 punch of Zack Askelson and Jared Roelofs. Askelson rushed 15 times for 196 yards and two touchdowns and Roelofs added 134 yards on 12 carries with one TD.
The Warriors had three chances to score in the first half, but had their first three drives stopped deep in D-G-F territory.
A 32-yard pass from Kasey Tyge to Alex Brockpahler on the second play of the game led the Warriors inside the D-G-F 20. But that drive stalled.
UNC was also stopped inside the D-G-F 20 on the next series and had its third drive stall at the D-G-F 23.
The Rebels took advantage of those missed scoring chances to carry a 14-0 lead into the half. Roelofs' 31-yard TD catch in the first quarter and Askelson's 45-yard TD run in the second quarter was all the scoring D-G-F would need.
D-G-F's defense dominated the second half as the Warriors managed only 7 yards.
The Rebels used Roelofs' 3-yard TD run to build a 21-0 lead after three quarters before sealing the win with three touchdowns in the final period. Askelson returned an interception 20 yards for a score and followed with a 20-yard TD run. Chris Clark's 1-yard TD run ended the scoring.
Tyge completed 6 of 20 passes for 66 yards with Brockpahler catching three passes for 43 yards. Luke Hendrickson had two receptions for 19 yards. Tom Gruchow rushed 13 times for 18 yards as the Warriors had their six-game winning streak snapped.
Hendrickson had seven tackles and an interception and Gruchow had six tackles and an interception to lead the Warriors' defense. UNC ends the season with a 7-3 record.