Raiders senior running back Tony Underwood rushes in for a touchdown early in the first quarter at the University of St. Thomas Friday night. The Raiders went on to beat the Bears 28-13. Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner, SportsEngine
Cretin-Derham Hall’s Tony Underwood took the ball, rushed up the middle and saw nothing but open field.
The senior ran 85 yards for a late-third-quarter touchdown that was the game-winner in the Raiders’ 28-13 victory over White Bear Lake at the University of St. Thomas’ O’Shaughnessy Stadium.
Underwood added two touchdown catches, including a 55-yarder in the fourth quarter, as Cretin-Derham Hall (4-0) overcame a bevy of penalties, including six false starts.
“All I saw was daylight,” Underwood said of his long touchdown run, which came 22 seconds after White Bear Lake had tied the score 7-7. “I didn’t even get touched. It was beautiful.”
Cretin-Derham Hall led 7-0 at halftime, thanks in part to two red zone defensive stands. But White Bear Lake (2-2) tied the score in the third quarter on quarterback Branden Berwald’s third-and-goal sneak.
Underwood had his 85-yarder on the first play of the Raiders’ next drive. He added the 55-yard touchdown reception with 7:44 left in the fourth quarter. He credited left tackle Ethan Sigler for the key block.
Berwald threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Nate Laroache 2:23 later to cut the Raiders’ lead to 21-13. Cretin-Derham Hall then went on a nearly four-minute drive, capped by a 1-yard touchdown rush by quarterback Preston Thelemann.
“We came out and said, ‘Let’s run it until they stop us,’ ” first-year Cretin-Derham Hall coach Chuck Miesbauer said. “We kind of got them on their heels, and I think we wore them down a little bit, so if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.”
White Bear Lake's Nate Laroache takes the ball into the end zone, scoring the Bears' second touchdown of the night. The Bears lost to the Raiders 28-13 at the University of St. Thomas. Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner, SportsEngine
Running back Tony Underwood scored three touchdowns, including a go-ahead 85-yard run in the third quarter, as Cretin-Derham Hall defeated White Bear Lake 28-13 at the University of St. Thomas's O'Shaughnessy Stadium.
Underwood's run came just 22 seconds after White Bear Lake tied the game 7-7 on quarterback Branden Berwald's fourth-and-goal sneak.
The Raiders' 5-9, 185-pound senior found a hole in the middle of the field and was untouched for the final 70-plus yards of his run.