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North Union 20, GT/RA 14, OT A classic homecoming game

Engeman and Hagebock connect for game-winning play

September 23, 2018
David Swartz - Managing Editor ( , Estherville News

ARMSTRONG - North Union and Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire's first meeting on the gridiron proved to be a classic last Friday.

Tied at 14-14 through regulation, the Warriors won their homecoming night in overtime. Quarterback Isaac Engeman connected with Elliott Hagebock from 10-yards out on North Union's first offensive play in overtime, for the 20-14 victory.

In overtime, each team has four downs to try to score from the 10-yard line. GT/RA had the ball first. The Titans attempted an option play and fumbled the ball, with the Warriors recovering to end the possession.

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Engeman and Hagebock connected for the first score of the night, an 87-yard reception in the first quarter.

GT/RA answered later in the first quarter with Jace Naig scoring on a 2-yard run to tie the game at 6-6 with 3:11 left in the first quarter.

However, North Union came up with another big play with Engeman connecting with Brendan Anderson for a 61-yard strike. The Warriors completed the two-point conversion and led 14-6 at halftime.

That was the score until midway through the fourth quarter when Treyton Cacek scored on a 3-yard run. The Titans added the two-point conversion to tie the game up at 14-14.

North Union put together one final drive and advanced the ball to the Titan 10-yard line. But on third-and-13, GT/RA came up with the interception in the end zone to send the game into overtime.

Unofficially, North Union had just 62 yards rushing led by Lange with 40 yards on 13 carries while Engeman had 13 carries for 18-yards. However, Engeman was 1-of-14 passing for 197 yards and three scores. Hagebock had three catches for 109 yards, Anderson had five catches for 83 yards and Robert Ortman caught two passes for 11 yards.

Engeman also threw two interceptions with Chris Conlon snagging one and Cormick Currans grabbing the other.

GT/RA finished with 177 yards rushing led by Naig with 88 on 22 carries. Cacek had 17 carries for 70 yards while Conlon had four carries for 12 yards, Currans had three carries for 6 yards and Spencer Roth had one carry for a yard.

Cacek finished 7-of-16 passing for 58 yards. Tommy Geelan had two catches for 33 yards, Lucas Hoffman had three catches for 17 yards and Conlon had one catch for 8 yards.

Defensively for GT/RA, Conlon had 8.5 tackles while Hoffman, Roth and Cade Steelman each had 5.5 tackles and Justin Shaw had five tackles. Roth had three solo tackles for a loss with two sacks.

Defensively stats for North Union were not available.

North Union (2-3 overall, 1-0 in district play) travels to Britt this Friday to play Class A No. 10 West Hancock (3-2, 0-1). The Eagles lost 28-14 to Class A No. 3 Bishop Garrigan last Friday.

GT/RA (1-4 overall, 0-1 in district play) will host West Fork (3-2, 0-1) this Friday. West Fork is coming off a 21-14 loss to Belmond-Klemme.



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