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Game of the Week

Coming off a 54-15 win over Hillcrest Lutheran Academy last week, Hancock has the chance to open the season 4-0 when Underwood comes to town at 7 p.m. Friday for a 9-Man West South district matchup.

Hancock's Jed Feuchtenberger runs through a tackle during the first half of action against Hillcrest Friday, Sept. 14, in Hancock. Brooke Kern / Forum News Service
Hancock's Jed Feuchtenberger runs through a tackle during the first half of action against Hillcrest Friday, Sept. 14, in Hancock. Brooke Kern / Forum News Service

Coming off a 54-15 win over Hillcrest Lutheran Academy last week, Hancock has the chance to open the season 4-0 when Underwood comes to town at 7 p.m. Friday for a 9-Man West South district matchup.

In the win over Hillcrest in Week 3, the Owls, which received votes in this week's state 9-Man poll, counted on several big plays in all facets of the game. There was a 31-yard run from Jed Feuchtenberger, a 33-yard pass from Preston Rohloff to Brandon Kellenberger, a 38-yard interception return from Gideon Joos and a 75-yard touchdown from Harrison Zeltwanger on a blocked kick return.

The defense provided plenty of headaches for Hillcrest. Hancock held the Comets scoreless in the first half while also limiting them to 2 of 9 in third-down conversions. The Owls also had five takeaways, with interceptions by Gideon, Tyler Timmerman and Luke Joos, as well as two fumble recoveries by Isaac Nienhaus.

After opening the year with a pair of wins over Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley and Bertha-Hewitt, Underwood will come into Friday's Week 4 contest off a 28-0 loss to third-ranked Verndale. Using a plethora of running backs, the Rockets rely heavily on a ground game that averaged 303 rushing yards per game. Underwood have four players with 100-plus yards rushing this fall in Zane Swanson (26 carries, 213 yards), Daxton Olson (17-123), Wyatt Thorson (23-112) and Thomas Noyes (19-106).

Area schedule

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(Games at 7 p.m. unless noted)

Friday

Willmar at Big Lake

New London-Spicer at Foley

Litchfield at Annandale

LQPV at Dawson-Boyd

Minneota at YME

Holdingford at Paynesville

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Benson at Morris/C-A

ACGC at Osakis

Minnewaska at BOLD

Sauk Centre at Montevideo

Kimball at KMS

Browerville/Eagle Valley at BBE

Underwood at Hancock

Red Rock Central at MACCRAY

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RCW at Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda

Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman at BLHS

Tyler Timmerman and Brandon Kellenberger celebrate in the end zone after a touchdown against Hillcrest Friday, Sept. 14, in Hancock. Brooke Kern / Forum News Service
Tyler Timmerman and Brandon Kellenberger celebrate in the end zone after a touchdown against Hillcrest Friday, Sept. 14, in Hancock. Brooke Kern / Forum News Service

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