FAIRVIEW — After a cross-state drive to challenge the Fairview Warriors in a quarterfinal Class C playoff game, the Charlo Vikings fought the battle of their life but ended their season on a 60-52 loss.
“It was an old west shootout,” Coach Mike Krahn said.
Charlo struck first when quarterback Michael Delaney ran 73 yards for a touchdown, which was answered by a 57-yard TD run by Fairview, setting the pace for the remainder of the high-scoring, back and forth showdown.
“They are such an offensive threat,” Krahn said. “We watched all their games and knew we had to trade punches with them.”
The Vikings got the upper hand, holding the lead by as much as six points throughout the first half despite repeated offensive attacks by their opponent.
When the Warriors were ahead 66-44 in the fourth, the Vikings wouldn’t stop fighting. With 2:37 left in the game, quarterback Michael Delaney ran 42 yards for a touchdown. The Vikings needed just one more TD, but Fairview held their lead and ran out the clock.
“We ran out of time,” Krahn said. “We got a few stops, but they got a few more on us.”
In the end, Krahn said his players left it all on the field, regardless of the scoreboard.
“We left with a sense of satisfaction,” he said. “We represented ourselves well and felt good about what we did this season.”
The Vikings end their winning season 8-2 overall, with their only other loss to rival Arlee.
Charlo 52, Fairview 66
Charlo 14 26 0 12 - 52
Fairview 14 30 8 14 - 66