Warriors' rally falls short in loss to WCA
A late rally by the United North Central football team fell short in a 21-20 loss to West Central Area in the regular-season finale last Wednesday night at Sebeka.
WCA carried a 14-0 lead into halftime behind an 80-yard run by Dakota Kashmark in the first quarter and a 1-yard TD run by Drew Peterson in the second quarter.
The Warriors opened the second half with a 35-yard TD run by Jordan Yliniemi, who also ran in the conversion. That cut the gap to 14-8.
After Zach Fischer's 3-yard TD run gave the Knights a 21-8 lead, UNC rallied in the fourth quarter on Junes' 1-yard TD run and a 71-yard pass from Junes to Tanner Schwartz with 37 seconds to play. But the Warriors failed on both 2-point conversions as WCA escaped with the win.
Fischer (23 carries for 117 yards), Kashmark (13 carries for 103 yards) and Peterson (14 carries for 99 yards) led the Knights' rushing attack. The win snapped a five-game losing streak for WCA, which improved to 2-6.
Yliniemi gained 130 yards on 14 carries as the Warriors rushed for 171 yards in the game. Junes completed 7 of 15 passes for 185 yards with Schwartz making three receptions for 129 yards.
Bob Lusti made 12 tackles and Dylan Huttunen had nine tackles as the Warriors fell to 1-7.
West Central 7 7 7 0.....21
UNC 0 0 8 12.....20
WCA-Kashmark 80 run (Beuckens kick)
WCA-Peterson 1 run (Beuckens kick)
UNC-Yliniemi 35 run (Yliniemi run)
WCA-Fischer 3 run (Beuckens kick)
UNC-Junes 1 run (PAT failed)
UNC-T. Schwartz 71 pass from Junes (PAT failed)
UNC OFFENSIVE STATISTICS
RUSHING: Yliniemi 14-130, Kjellberg 8-27, Junes 3-11, Skoog 1-3, Huttunen 1-0.
PASSING. Junes 7-15-0 for 185 yards.
RECEIVING. T. Schwartz 3-129, Burkman 2-40, Yliniemi 1-8, Carlson 1-8.
UNC DEFENSIVE STATISTICS
SOLO TACKLES: Lusti 9, Skaro 8, Huttunen 6, Carlson 5, Skoog 4, Yliniemi 4, A. Schwartz 3, Anderson 3, Ehnert 2, Miller 2, Kjellberg 2, Puttonen 2, Burkman 2, Neisess 1.
ASSISTED TACKLES: Lusti 3, Huttunen 3, Carlson 1, Ehnert 1.