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Gaels surge past NU in second half

By Staff | Sep 13, 2020

North Union running back Ryan Lange (26) rushed for 250 yards and four touchdowns in the Warriors’ loss to St. Edmond last Thursday.Messenger photos by Britt Kudla

FORT DODGE – A big night by senior running back Ryan Lang wasn’t enough, as North Union lost 53-27 to St. Edmond on Friday. Lang rushed for 250 yards and four touchdowns on 27 carries, but the Gaels had too much firepower, scoring six touchdowns in the second half.

North Union scored first on a 2-yard run by Lang four minutes into the game. Fort Dodge came back with a 5-yard pass play to tie the game at 7-7.

Lang scored on a 5-yard run in the second quarter, with St. Edmond tying the score by half-time at 14-14.

The second half proved a different story.

The Gaels scored on runs of 1 and 10 yards to go ahead 27-14.

Lang scored his third touchdown on a 49-yard run, as the Warriors trailed 27-21 entering the final frame.

St. Edmond then scored the first two touchdowns of the final frame on runs of 11 and 14 yards. Lang scored one more time on the 36-yard run.

The Gaels added two more touchdowns including a 49-yard run and a 71-yard interception return for the final tally.

North Union’s other offensive options weren’t working as well. Quarterback Carter Morphew carried the ball eight times for 43 yards, as the only other rushing yards.

In the air, Morphew didn’t have the success of the first two games, going 5-of-10 passing for 20 yards and two interceptions. Logan Odegaard had one catch for 10 yards, Aidan Fries caught a pass for 6 yards and Izaak Martens had two catches for 4 yards.

Izaak Martens led North Union’s defense with 10.5 tackles while Colten Neusch and Christian Bierstedt each had 9.5, Carter Johnson had nine and Bryer Prochniak had seven. The Warriors had nine tackles for a loss led by Michael Hanson with two while Logan OdeGaard, Bierstedt and Caleb Rasch each had 1.5 tackles for a loss.t

North Union (0-3 overall) looks for a homecoming win as Manson-Northwest Webster comes to town at 3 p.m., Saturday. The game was moved to accommodate playing the Cougars, who were quarantined due to a Covid case discovered on Saturday, Sept. 5.