Varsity squad wins 41-6 at Cheboygan on Friday night
Mon, 10/19/2020 - 12:57pm caleb
Football team builds 27-0 advantage in the first half, wins by 35 points during road game vs. Chiefs
Caleb Casey | Managing Editor
The varsity football squad from Grayling High School won 41-6 during Friday night’s game vs. the Cheboygan Chiefs at Cheboygan.
The Chiefs kicked off to Grayling to start the contest, and the Vikings started at their 30-yard line. A pass interference penalty on 2nd and 11 gave Grayling 15 yards and a first down. Runs by Anthony Fisher and David Millikin picked up enough for another first down. Millikin ran for 11 yards on the next play. On 1st and 10, Grayling fumbled the ball and Cheboygan recovered it.
After three plays, the Chiefs tried to punt. The snap was low; the punter fielded the ball and tried to run with it. The Vikings stopped him short of the first down marker, resulting in a turnover on downs.
Grayling took over 34 yards from the goal line. Quarterback Hunter Ventline threw to Drew Kanary for a nine-yard gain. On 2nd and 1, Ventline threw to Dylan Cragg for a 25-yard TD. Eliot Boik kicked the extra point. With 7:07 left in the first quarter, Grayling led 7-0.
Cheboygan punted on 4th and 14. The Vikings started at their 49-yard line. On the third play of the series – 3rd and 6 – Ventline completed a screen pass to Millikin and he got free down the sideline for a 45-yard TD. Grayling led 13-0 with 3:39 left in the first period.
The Chiefs punted on 4th and 6. Grayling drove into Cheboygan territory but turned the ball over on downs. The Chiefs punted on 4th and 6 and Fisher returned the ball to Grayling’s 39-yard line.
Runs by Millikin and Hunter picked up a first down. A pass from Ventline to Cragg gained seven yards. Ventline rushed for nine yards on 2nd and 3. On the next play, Millikin took the handoff, broke a tackle, and rushed down the sideline for a 31-yard TD. Boik kicked the extra point. The Vikings, with 6:17 left in the second period, led 20-0.
Cheboygan turned the ball over on downs with an incomplete pass on 4th and 12.
Grayling drove 58 yards on six plays, scoring on a 21-yard TD pass from Ventline to Cragg. The series also included three consecutive receptions by Kanary. Boik kicked the extra point. Grayling led 27-0 with 48 seconds left in the first half.
Cheboygan ran the ball twice after the kickoff, ending the second period.
The Chiefs, on the first series of the second half, punted on 4th and 11.
Grayling started at its 26-yard line after a fair catch on the punt. On the first play of the drive, Millikin got free for a 74-yard touchdown run. Boik kicked the extra point. The Vikings had a 34-0 advantage with 10:12 left in the third period.
The Chiefs drove 74 yards on 14 plays, scoring on a two-yard run on 1st and goal. The two-point conversion attempt failed. Grayling led 34-6 with 3:43 left in the third quarter.
The Vikings fumbled on 1st and 10 and Cheboygan recovered the ball. The resulting series ended with a punt.
Fisher returned the punt to Cheboygan’s 42-yard line. On the fourth play of the series – 4th and 11 – Grayling picked up a first down with a pass to Fisher. Tayvion Hall rushed for 11 yards. On a direct snap to the running back, Millikin rushed for a 14-yard TD, carrying a defender into the end zone. After Boik kicked the extra point, the Vikings led 41-6.
The next two series – one by each team – ended with punts.
Cheboygan drove from its 33-yard line to Grayling’s 9-yard line during the last 4:45 of regulation. The Chiefs did not score.
Grayling won 41-6.
“It was good to get one back in the win column,” Coach Eric Tunney said. “Defensively, I was very proud of our efforts. From the first series and throughout the night we took it to them and didn’t let up. For the most part everyone was in the right positions and good things happen when we do that. Offensively, it was truly a team effort. We had a lot of guys make plays and did a lot of things well. Hunter threw some nice balls and our receivers made some big time plays. (Millikin) cut loose on a few as well and it’s great to see as we will need that balanced attack.”
According to the team, Ventline threw for 177 yards and three TDs. Millikin rushed for 176 yards and three TDs; he also had 47 receiving yards and one TD. Cragg had five catches for 68 yards and two TDs. Kanary had four catches for 52 yards.
On defense, Kanary had six solo tackles (three tackles for loss). Millikin had five solo tackles, two tackles for loss, and one forced fumble. Reid Cvitkovich had four solo tackles. Ventline had three solo tackles, one sack, and one forced fumble.
“We still have a lot of little things to clean up. Someone once told me that once you watch film it’s never as bad as you think or it’s never as good as you think. But we will definitely take this one; we needed it,” Coach Tunney said. “We have a big game vs. Ogemaw Friday night. If we want a chance at hosting a playoff game we need to win.”
The Vikings (2-3 overall, 1-3 league) will end their 2020 regular season with a conference game at West Branch Ogemaw Heights at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 23.