James Clark and Zach Floyd powered a potent running attack as United North Central ran away with a 42-12 Midwest Blue District football victory over Wadena-Deer Creek Friday night at Menahga.
Clark rushed 15 times for 115 yards and four touchdowns while Floyd added 86 yards on 21 carries with two scores as the Warriors compiled 354 yards in offense to remain undefeated on the season.
The Warriors jumped out to a 14-0 lead after the first quarter as Clark scored on runs of 2 and 3 yards. Clark also ran in a conversion. The Warriors drove 71 yards in 12 plays on their opening series and marched 93 yards in seven plays on their second series.
Three more TD runs extended the lead to 34-0 at the half as Floyd scored on a 1-yard run, Clark broke free for a 46-yard run and Clark scored from 1 yard out as Floyd added the conversion.
Floyd added a 2-yard TD run and conversion in the third quarter as UNC extended the lead to 42-0.
W-DC avoided the shutout as Jake Dykhoff hit Max Phillips on a 30-yard scoring route in the third quarter and on a 5-yard scoring route in the fourth quarter.
UNC's defense held the Wolverines to seven first downs and 112 total yards, including minus 3 on the ground. Dykhoff completed 9 of 22 passes for 115 yards with Phillips making three catches for 49 yards. Preston Warren rushed three times for 19 yards as the Wolverines fell to 0-2 in the district and 0-3 overall.
Clark also passed for 115 yards by completing 6 of 11 passes. Mason Dailey caught two passes for 60 yards. The Warriors finished with 18 first downs. Defensively, Caleb Mostrom had five tackles while Owen Anderson chipped in four tackles.
"The weather was a bit sloppy, but we got off to a great start. Offensively we scored on all six of our first-half possessions. It was all controlled by the physical play of our offensive line. I thought they handled the different looks that W-DC gave us very well and I was proud of our overall execution throughout the evening," said UNC head coach Jeremy Nordick. "Defensively I feel the same way. I know some of the guys are a bit upset about giving up a couple late scores, but it was good to get our young guys and back-ups in the game to get some valuable experience."
The win kept UNC in a tie with Ottertail Central atop the district standings at 2-0. Both teams are 3-0 overall. OTC defeated Pillager 35-8, Staples-Motley defeated Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 27-6 and West Central Area lost to Barnesville 21-0 in the other district games. Staples-Motley is 1-0 in the district and 1-2 overall while Pillager fell to 1-1 in the district and 2-1 overall. West Central Area is 0-1 in the district and 1-2 overall while LPGE joined W-DC at 0-2 in the district and 0-3 overall.
The Warriors are one of four undefeated teams in the Section 8AA standings, joining Warroad (4-0), Hawley (3-0) and Barnesville (3-0). Bagley and Crookston are 2-1 and Roseau is 0-3. Warroad blanked Blackduck 24-0, Hawley defeated Crookston 42-14, Breckenridge defeated Roseau 48-13 and Bagley received a 2-0 forfeit win over Pine River-Backus.
UNC will travel to Pillager for a 7 p.m. kick-off this Friday night.
"We're excited about being 3-0, however we are already focused on this upcoming game against a big and physical Pillager team," said Nordick. "It is their homecoming, so we know they'll be plenty fired up. We are really looking forward to a tough battle Friday night."
W-DC 0 0 6 6...12
UNC 14 20 8 0...42
UNC--Clark 2 run (kick failed)
UNC--Clark 3 run (Clark run)
UNC--Floyd 1 run (run failed)
UNC--Clark 46 run (pass failed)
UNC--Clark 1 run (Floyd run)
UNC--Floyd 2 run (Floyd run)
WDC--Phillips 30 pass from Dykhoff
WDC--Phillips 5 pass from Dykhoff
RUSHING. WDC: Warren 3-19. UNC: Clark 15-115, Floyd 12-86.
PASSING. WDC: Dykhoff 9-22-0 for 115 yards. UNC: Clark 6-11-0 for 115 yards.
RECEIVING. WDC: Phillips 3-49, Hawkins 2-16. UNC: Dailey 2-60, Lillquist 1-25.