The West Central Area-Ashby football team had piled up the points in rolling over Thief River Falls and Wadena-Deer Creek through the first two weeks.
Perhaps hidden in that was the fact that the defense also posted back-to-back shutouts. This past Friday, the Knights (3-0) used that defense in a much closer game to win at Crookston by a 14-6 final. The Pirates (0-3) got on the board first when Leyton Salentine broke free for a 25-yard touchdown run.
The Knights answered to tie it at 6-6 going into the half when Jaden Norby scored on a 6-yard run. The game-winner came in the fourth quarter when Norby punched in his second touchdown of the night, this time from a yard out. He added the 2-point conversion to finish off the win.
WCA-Ashby had just 209 yards of total offense, but the Knights held Crookston to 188 yards. Norby was 6-of-10 passing for 85 yards and a couple interceptions, but he led the ground game with 83 yards and the two scores on 19 carries.
Braden Overson led the defense with six solo tackles, including one for a loss, while also adding an interception. Connor Nadgwick and Gage Staples both added interceptions, as well.
The Knights will now turn their attention to a big Section 6AA game on Friday night at home when Pillager comes to town. The Huskies are 2-1 and averaging 36.3 points per game, while holding opponents to 16.3. Kickoff in Barrett is set for 7 p.m.
WCA-A 0 6 0 8 - 14
CROOKSTON 6 0 0 0 - 6
TOTALS - WCA-Ashby - Total offense - 53-209; Passing - 85 yards; Rushing - 43-124; Penalties - 3-25; Turnovers - 2; First downs - 16; Crookston - Total offense - 48-188; Passing - 15 yards; Rushing - 38-173; Penalties - 6-45; Turnovers - 3; First downs - 10
WCA-A OFFENSE - Passing - Jaden Norby - 6-10, 85 yards, 2 INT; Receiving - Gage Staples - 3-51; Tate Christenson - 2-18; Mark Adams - 1-16; Rushing - Norby - 19-83, 2 TD; Adams - 3-19; Jordan Lohse - 6-12; Braden Overson - 12-6; Anthony Sykora - 2-4; Hunter Norby - 1-0
WCA-A DEFENSE - Overson - 6 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 INT; Tyler Stone - 5 tackles, 1 sack, 1.5 TFL; Vinny Finkelson - 4.5 tackles; Connor Nadgwick - 4 tackles, 1 INT; Devin Stone - 3.5 tackles; Tate Christenson - 3 tackles; Colton Lindquist - 3 tackles; Lohse - 2.5 tackles; Matson Hoff - 2.5 tackles, 0.5 TFL; Adams - 2 tackles; Norby - 1.5 tackles; JJ Sabolik - 1.5 tackles; Sykora - 1 tackle; Staples - 1 tackle, 1 INT; Hunter Norby - 0.5 tackle, 0.5 TFL; Ryder Staples - 0.5 tackle, 0.5 TFL