ARMSTRONG - It wasn't much of a celebration for North Union on homecoming night as Western Christian left town with a 36-7 victory.
The Warriors struggled to do much offensively against the Wolfpack.
The hosts had an early chance to score after Cody Runksmeier returned the opening kickoff to the Western Christian 40-yard line. Three plays later, the Warriors had to punt, but they got the ball back when the Wolfpack coughed it up a couple plays later.
North Union’s Jacob Braddock seeks a hole to run through, but finds a wall of blockers and defenders against Western Christian during the Warrior’s homecoming game in Armstrong on Friday.
Photo by David Swartz
But after one first down took the ball to the 17, Western Christian held for three downs and then blocked the field goal attempt.
The Wolfpack then went to work and marched straight down the field. Quarterback Daniel Van Maanen ran the ball in from 6 yards out. After North Union was called for an offside penalty on the extra point attempt, Western Christian's Drew Van Sloten ran in the two-point conversion as the visitors led 8-0 with 2:38 remaining in the first quarter.
Western Christian got the ball back again in the period, this time scoring on a 35-yard pass play to Ethan Henchel at the 1:17 mark.
The Wolfpack scored 14 more points in the second quarter to lead 29-0 at the break. A third-quarter score started the running clock as the visitors led 36-0.
Trent Pedersen scored the lone touchdown for North Union in the final frame on a 6-yard run. Jonas Hoffman kicked the point-after for the final tally.
North Union finished with 57 yards on the ground. Runksmeier finished with 29 yards on 13 carries while Marshall Klingenberg had 19 yards on three carries to lead the Warriors.
Aric Runge was 8-of-16 passing for 74 yards.
Ortman had three catches for 35 yards, Jacob Braddock had two catches for 15 yards, Kaleb Olson had two catches for 16 yards and Pedersen had one catch for eight yards.
Runksmeier finished with eight tackles, Chase Paulson had seven, and Eythan Blair and Jacob Govern each had four.
Mitch Dahl, Paulson and Kameron Strong each had a fumble recovery. Pedersen had an interception.
Western Christian finished with 187 yards on the ground and Van Maanen was 9-of-13 passing for 155 yards.
North Union (0-4 overall, 0-2 in district play) is on the road in LeMars against Gehlen Catholic next Friday.