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The Sunburst Refiners took advantage of the beautiful day last Saturday to defeat the North Star Knights, 42-28. Sunburst travelled to Rudyard to take on the Knights for a conference game and came home with the win.

Cade Hanson started the scoring off early in the first quarter when he found a hole in the defense and ran 68 yards for the first of his three rushing touchdowns. Conlin Kerfoot found Josh Kearns late in the first quarter for a 12-yard pass to end the first at 12-0. 

Sunburst scored again in the second quarter when Hanson found the end zone on a 14-yard run. Conner Sullivan ended the second quarter with a 27-yard TD run to put the Refiners up 24-6 at the half.   

The second half was exciting as the Knights battled their way back into the game and only trailed 24-20. The Refiner’s found an answer, a Hanson five-yard run, to end the third up 30-20. 

Sunburst would add to their lead in the fourth quarter, as Kerfoot hit Sullivan for a 15-yard score. The Knights scored again to keep the game within one score. Sunburst drove down the field on their next possession and scored with a Kerfoot-to-Kearns 18-yard strike. Sunburst defender Luke Holland intercepted a pass that would seal the win for the Refiners at 42-28. 

“The blocking up front from Wyatt Manthey, Moe Smith and Kearns helped us move the ball when we needed to,” said head coach Jason Hanson. “We were effective using multiple running back looks with Hanson, Kerfoot, Holland, Sullivan and Smith taking turns carrying the ball.”

Hanson added, “We got after it right away defensively, but were definitely worn out in the second half but came up with big plays when we needed them. It was a great team effort.”

Sunburst will celebrate homecoming this week and will host the Valier Panthers on Saturday evening. The game will start at 6 p.m.   

“It will be a tough game for us so we need a good week of practice to focus mentally so we can take care of business on Saturday night,” concluded Hanson.

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