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United North Central’s Tristan Kjellberg eluded three Bagley defenders during Tuesday night’s Section 8AA playoff game at Menahga.

Warriors dominate in playoff win over Bagley

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     The 16 seniors on the roster of the United North Central football team celebrated their final home game with a dominating 38-0 win over Bagley in a Section 8AA quarterfinal game Tuesday night at Menahga.

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     After Tom Tellers’ 49-yard TD reception from Taylor Carlson with 2:36 to play in the first quarter opened the scoring, the Warriors followed with three touchdowns in the second quarter to take a 32-0 lead into halftime.

     Dylan Huttunen’s 10-yard TD run at the 8:42 mark, Keiler Skaro’s 17-yard TD reception from Carlson at the 2:21 mark and Tristan Kjellberg’s 44-yard TD reception from Carlson with :10 showing put the Warriors in control.

     After a scoreless third quarter, Cole Schoon recovered a fumble for the game’s final score with 11:30 to play.

     The Warriors racked up 373 yards in offense, including 242 on the ground. Kjellberg rushed 14 times for 124 yards and Jordan Yliniemi added 54 yards on nine carries. Carlson completed 5 of 12 passes for 131 yards with Skaro catching three passes for 38 yards.

     Defensively, the Warriors held Bagley to only 95 yards in recording their first shutout of the season.

     UNC, the No. 4 seed, improved to 4-5 while No. 5 Bagley ended the season with a 2-7 record.

     The Warriors will travel to No. 1 Hawley for a 2 p.m. kickoff today (Saturday) in a section semifinal game.

     “I am extremely pleased with how we came out. I am so proud of our seniors and their leadership throughout the season. We’ve had some ups and downs, but they just keep busting their butts and it paid off with a big home playoff win,” said UNC head coach Jeremy Nordick. “I was really hoping for a good start. We’re so much better when we’re playing confident football.  I thought we did that defensively. We were really flying to the ball and forcing them into some long-yardage situations. Offensively, we had some big plays, but I thought we also missed some golden opportunities to jump on them even more. Ultimately we made the plays to win and I’m just so excited for our guys and the chance they have now to take on a very good Hawley team. It has been a while since we’ve been in this position (the section semifinals). I think it’s going to be a lot of fun.”

Bagley                0      0    0     0…0

UNC                   8     24   0      6…38

SCORING

UNC–Tellers 49 pass from Carlson (Kjellberg run)

UNC–Huttunen 10 run (Kjellberg run)

UNC–Skaro 17 pass from Carlson (Kjellberg run)

UNC–Kjellberg 44 pass from Carlson (Huttunen run)

UNC–Schoon fumble recovery (run failed)

OFFENSIVE STATISTICS

RUSHING. Bagley: Cage 6-34, Larson 5-24, Snobl 2-15, Olson 2-11. UNC: Kjellberg 14-124, Yliniemi 9-54, Huttunen 8-36, Carlson 2-10, Hrdlicka 2-10, Erickson 1-8.

PASSING. Bagley: Loiland 3-7-0 for 30 yards. UNC: Carlson 5-12-1 for 131 yards.

RECEIVING. Bagley: Skansberg 3-30. UNC: Skaro 3-38, Tellers 1-49, Kjellberg 1-44.

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