ARMSTRONG - North Union's defense struggled to stop Pocahontas Area in the first half, but the Warriors fought toe-to-toe with the visitors in the second half before falling 32-30.
The visiting Indians took their first two drives into the end zone, the first on a 67-yard run at the 7:14 mark in the first quarter.
On Pocahontas Area's second drive, the Warriors had a chance to stop them on fourth-and-4 from the North Union 28. But the Indians first pass play from Aaron Youngberg to Logan Jepsen went right to the end zone as the visitors led 14-0 with 3:11 left in the first quarter.
North Union’s Ty Anderson scored his team’s first touchdown on this 1-yard dive in the first half against Pocahontas Area on Friday.
EDN photo by David Swartz
North Union finally got a break on the Indians' next drive as the visitors fumbled. Garrett Johnson jumped on the ball at the Warriors had the ball at the Pocahontas 34.
The Warriors' offense took heart. Even after a fumble on a long snap, runs by Ty Anderson and Marshall Klingenberg took the ball to the 1-yard line.
There, Anderson bulled his way in from a yard out with 9:15 left in the first half as the Warriors cut the deficit to 14-7.
Pocahontas didn't take long to strike back though. They returned the ensuing kickoff to the North Union 46.
A penalty later in the drive gave the Indians first and 18 from the 29, but Youngberg and Jepsen connected again for another to get the ball to the 1-yard line.
Jay Brinkman took the ball in from there on the next play.
The Indians put together one more drive before the end of the half, but North Union came up with a stop as the defense knocked down a pass in the end zone on fourth-and-5 with 5 seconds on the clock.
North Union outscored the visitors 14-6 in the third quarter with Anderson scoring again, this time from 15 yards out, and Cody Runskmeier scoring on a 1-yard run as North Union trailed 26-21.
Jannis Lesko kicked a 25-yard field goal in the fourth quarter and Braddock scored on a 33-yard run late in the game.
Trailing by two, North Union went for the two-point conversion and failed as the Indians left town with the win.
North Union finished the night with 247 rushing yards compared to 334 by the visitors. However Pocahontas was 7of-10 passing for 94 yards while Braddock was just 2-4 for 10 yards.
Braddock had 78 yards on the ground on 11 carries. Runksmeier had 59 yards on five carries while Klingenberg had 53 yards on 13 carries and Anderson had 49 yards on eight carries. Also Jake Adams had 8 yards on two carries.
Adams caught both passes.
Defensively, Runksmeier and Johnson each had 10 tackles while Aric Runge had six. Anderson also recovered a fumble.
North Union (1-5 overall) is on the road against South O'Brien next Friday.