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Charlo edges Drummond in season opener

CHARLO – The Charlo Vikings football team got off to a good start Friday as they downed a talented Drummond team in Charlo. Tra Ludeman connected his pass to Jacen Petersen for a six-yard touchdown with 18 seconds left in the fourth quarter to win 14-8. The Vikings missed many opportunities to bury the Trojans throughout the game. A first-quarter pass to Stephen Delaney for a touchdown was called back after a penalty was issued to the Vikings.

The Trojans led first after Darius Pool ran a short, five-yard dive to score a touchdown in the second quarter. Pool then ran in the two-point conversion to lead 8-0 heading into halftime.

The Vikings rallied in the third quarter after Ludeman returned a punt to put up six points. Their two-point conversion failed, leaving Charlo with a two-point deficit to overcome. Both teams continued to drive the ball, but neither could convert until the the final 18 seconds of the game, when Ludeman completed the pass to Petersen to pull off the Western C victory.

Tra Ludeman finished the game with three interceptions as Drummond turned the ball over four times. Ludeman ran 23 times for 166 yards, and had six catches for 67 yards. He also took snaps as the quarterback to complete 7 of 13 passes for 76 yards. He returned four punts for 97 yards, a 50 yard punt return for a touchdown, bringing the score to 8-6.

Teammate Stephen Delaney finished the game with five catches for 42 yards. The Vikings totaled 246 yards rushing, and 192 passing. Kolten Andrews had nine rushes for For 56 yards, three receptions, for 24 yards, 15 tackles, and 1 forced fumble on defense. According to Charlo head coach Mike Krahn, Charlo compiled 443 yards of total offense, but managed to score only 8 points. His team had several penalties and miscues that they had to overcome to pull out a victory. Offense is still working on timing and execution.

This week the Vikings play the Superior Bobcats at home on Sept. 2. The Bobcats were picked by coaches to win the division. “Superior runs a no-huddle, hurry-up spread-option offense that scores a lot of points,” Krahn said. “We need to keep the ball out of their hands and have sustained offensive scoring drives.”

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