By Tyler ohmann
The USA Patriots took care of United North Central, Oct. 15 to shore up an undefeated 8-0 regular season.
The Patriots sliced past the Warriors 47-14 to earn the top seed in Section 6A.
It did not take USA long to get on the board as senior quarterback Tyler Evans found Carter Loven for a 41-yard touchdown in the first quarter.
Kyle Lange banged it in from one-yard out to make it 13-0 later in the quarter.
However, the Patriots were unable to put the game out of reach as they scored once more in the second quarter on a strike from Evans to Lange, but led only 19-8 at halftime.
Lange would score twice more in the second half, and Loven would return a punt 64 yards to turn the game into a blowout in the second half.
Armando Perales scored the final USA touchdown late in the fourth quarter.
Evans had a nice day through the air as he went 10-for-14 for 144 yards and two touchdowns.
Loven grabbed a pair of those passes for 56 yards.
Lange was the ground game leader with 164 yards on 24 carries.
Defensively, the Patriots were led by Dylan Graves and Zach Ainali who had 10 and nine total tackles respectively.
Patriots take care of
KMS for seventh win
The Patriots won their seventh consecutive game, and earned their second shutout of the season in a 46-0 blowout of Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg, Oct. 10.
The game got out of hand early as the Patriots scored three times in the opening period
Senior quarterback Tyler Evans found fellow senior Jordan Sales twice early on for touchdowns to secure an early lead that was never in question.
The biggest story on offense was not Evans or Sales, but junior tailback Tim Valencia-Louden, who exploded for 349 yards and four scores in the stead of starting tailback Kyle Lange.
Valencia-Louden averaged 11.3 yards per carry in the win.
Sophomore Dylan Graves scored the other touchdown for the Patriots on a rushing score in the second half.
The Patriots defense also stepped up in a big way in the game by forcing a pair of turnovers and getting to the opposing quarterback for four sacks.
Sales had a pair of those sacks, and Justin Cichon and Jesse Goodell had the other two.
Garrett Karnes recovered a fumble, and Cichon intercepted a pass for USA.
Graves had a team-leading eight tackles.
USA will host the opening Section 6A tournament at 7 p.m., Oct. 21 and play eighth-seeded West Central Area.