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Cossette leads Hawley past Warriors in quarterfinals

Trayton Cossette scored four touchdowns in the first half as Hawley built a 42-0 lead in handing the United North Central football team a 48-12 setback in a Section 8AA quarterfinal playoff game Tuesday night at Hawley.

After forcing the Warriors to punt on the opening series, Hawley drove 60 yards in six plays to take the lead. Jacob Vetter hit Chase Libak and Cossette on 11-yard routes before connecting with Noah Glad on a 23-yard route. After a holding penalty, Cossette scored on a 30-yard run as the Nuggets led 7-0 at the 7:24 mark.

Hawley recovered a fumble at the UNC 42 and Libak scored on a 19-yard reception three plays later to extend the lead to 14-0 at the 2:35 mark.

UNC was forced to punt and the Nuggets drove 50 yards in two plays as a 15-yard reception by Libak and a 35-yard TD run by Cossette made it 21-0 with 48 seconds left in the first quarter.

Cossette intercepted a pass and returned it for a touchdown as Hawley led 28-0 with 37 seconds remaining in the initial quarter.

Brandon Miller had carries of 11 and 10 yards as the Warriors drove near midfield, but an interception ended that drive.

On the next play, Cossette sprinted 58 yards for a TD as Hawley led 35-0 with 8:57 to play before halftime.

Hawley regained possession on another interception and a 16-yard catch by Glad and a 14-yard run by Derian Gerdes set up a 6-yard TD reception by Garrett Peterson as the Nuggets carried a 42-0 lead into the break.

On the second series of the second half, Hawley went 74 yards in 14 running plays with Brendon Flores’ 3-yard TD run pushing the lead to 48-0 with 28 seconds left in the third quarter.

The Warriors concluded the scoring with a 13-yard TD run by Miller with 11:53 to play and a 2-yard TD run by Jonah Howard with 9:29 left.

Cossette rushed for 138 yards and Vetter threw for 109 yards as Hawley, the No. 1 seed, improved to 8-1. The Nuggets compiled 21 first downs and 378 yards in offense.

UNC, the No. 8 seed, ended the season at 0-8.

In Tuesday night’s other Section 8AA quarterfinal games, No. 2 Barnesville defeated No. 7 Frazee 74-22, No. 3 Roseau defeated No. 6 Crookston 23-12 and No. 4 Warroad defeated No. 5 Bagley 48-21. Barnesville will host Roseau and Hawley will host Warroad in the semifinals on Oct. 27.

United North Central    0 0 0 12...12
Hawley   28 14 6  0...48SCORINGH--Cossette 30 run (Klevgaard kick)
H--Libak 19 pass from Vetter (Klevgaard kick)H--Cossette 35 run (Klevgaard kick)H--Cossette interception return (Klevgaard kick)H--Cossette 58 run (Klevgaard kick)H--Peterson 6 pass from Vetter (Klevgaard kick)H--Flores 3 run (kick failed)UNC--Miller 13 run (run failed)UNC--Howard 2 run (run failed)