Junior Vikings clinch title, undefeated season with 26-12 win vs. Kalkaska
Wed, 10/19/2022 - 2:10pm caleb
3rd/4th grade squad ends year with three playoff victories and 8-0 overall record
Caleb Casey | Managing Editor
The 3rd/4th grade Junior Vikings football team clinched a Northwest Youth Conference championship on Saturday at Tawas High School, capping an undefeated season with a 26-12 playoff victory vs. the Kalkaska Blazers.
Kalkaska scored first to lead 6-0. Grayling scored at the 9:44 mark in the first quarter, tying the game at 6-6.
The Vikings got the ball back with a tackle for loss by Kallen Tunney on a 4th and 15 play for the Blazers.
Grayling started 30 yards from the end zone. On 1st and 10, Ryder D’Amour threw to Tunney for a 30-yard TD. Kalkaska stopped the two-point conversion attempt.
With 5:57 left in the first period, Grayling led 12-6.
The Vikings took over on downs at the 1:11 mark of the first quarter with a tackle for loss.
Tunney rushed for 29 yards on 2nd and 11. Later, on 3rd and 8, Tunney completed a diving catch for another first down. Tunney ran for 13 yards on the next play. Grayling scored on an 11-yard TD run by Daniel Hall. D’Amour threw to Tunney for the conversion.
With 9:33 left in the first half, the Vikings led 19-6.
Kalkaska turned the ball over on downs.
On the third play of the resulting series for Grayling – 3rd and 2 – the Vikings fumbled and the Blazers recovered the ball.
Kalkaska fumbled on 1st and 10 and Broden Sowinski recovered the ball for Grayling.
The Vikings started 31 yards from the goal line with 3:23 left in the first half. On the second play of the drive – 2nd and 12 – D’Amour rushed for 26 yards. Grayling finished the drive with a six-yard TD run by Tunney on 3rd and goal. D’Amour ran the ball into the end zone for the conversion.
With 25 seconds left in the half, the Vikings led 26-6.
After the kickoff, on 1st and 10, Kalkaska fumbled and Sowinski recovered the ball. Grayling ran one play, ending the second quarter.
Neither squad scored during the third period.
With 5:38 remaining in the fourth quarter, Kalkaska scored a touchdown on an interception return. The Vikings stopped the conversion attempt.
Grayling led 26-12.
The next two drives – one for each team – ended on downs. Grayling killed the final 45 seconds and won by a final score of 26-12.
With the victory, the Vikings ended the season at 8-0 overall (5-0 regular season, 3-0 playoffs).
“Played their hearts out. Really came together as a team,” Coach Matt Haight said.