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Pelican Rapids easily advances to semifinals

Tydan Storrusten completed 12 passes for 135 yards and four touchdowns to lead Pelican Rapids past United North Central 56-20 in the quarterfinals of the Minnesota Class 2A, Section 8 football playoffs Tuesday.

McKale Evenson led the Viking ground game with 79 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries.

Pelican Rapids got on the board about midway through the first quarter.  

Matthew Haugen took an option pitch from Storrusten and went in untouched from three yards out.

Cris Molina was good on the extra point on his way to a perfect 8-for-8 night.  

Storrusten threw four touchdown passes -- all in the first half -- to four different receivers, including to Eric Shulstad from 12 yards out, Evenson on a nice diving catch in the end zone for a five-yard touchdown, Matthew Skow-Anderson on a 10-yard pass and Andrew Sorum on a 15-yard pass.  

Evenson also contributed with touchdown runs of three yards and 26 yards.  

Andrew Sorum also had a rushing touchdown going in from 13 yards out.

UNC got on the board in the first quarter on a 97-yard kick-off return.  In the third quarter Brady Yrjo hit an open Alex Brockpahler with a 55-yard touchdown pass.  

The final score of the game came when Josh Kinnunen intercepted a screen pass and returned it two yards for a touchdown.

The Vikings rushed for 320 yards on the night and added 151 yards passing, while UNC was held to 158 yards of total offense for the game.  

Storrusten was 12-15 passing for 135 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions.

Sam Klovstad was the leading rusher with 85 yards on seven carries. Evenson was the leading tackler for the Vikings and Seth Lage and Cris Bakken each had an interception.

On Saturday Pelican Rapids with host the Barnesville/Rothsay Trojans in the semi-finals of Section 8AA playoffs.  

UNC 6 0 8 6-20

Vikings 21 35 0 0-56

PR-Haugen 3 run (Molina kick)

PR-Shulstad 12 pass from Storrusten (Molina kick)

UNC-Brockpahler 97 kick return (run failed)

PR-Evenson 3 run (Molina kick)

PR-Evenson 5 pass from Storrusten (Molina kick)

PR-Skow-Anderson 10 pass from Storrusten (Molina kick)

PR-Sorum 13 run (Molina kick)

PR-Evenson 26 run (Molina kick)

PR-Sorum 15 pass from Storrusten (Molina kick)

UNC-Brockpahler 55 pass from Yrjo (Brockpahler pass from Yrjo)

UNC-Kinnunen 2 interception return (run failed).