Vikings win big over Arlee, Mission rivals
CHARLO – Short weeks in the collegiate and NFL football season are not uncommon. High school teams often get them too.
For the Charlo Vikings, the number of days between games against cross-county and conference rivals Arlee Warriors and Mission Bulldogs was only three days, compared to the established routine of one Friday to the next.
When wildfire smoke pushed air quality to “unhealthy” levels on Sept. 8, it put a big dent in the routine and prompted the Vikings to reschedule the much-anticipated homecoming showdown between the Arlee Warriors from Friday night to Monday afternoon, Sept. 10.
On Monday, the Vikings started the game by putting together an eight-play drive resulting in a touchdown to take an early 8-0 lead over the Warriors. The Warriors responded with their own ten-play drive which ended with the first of three Garett Vaughan interceptions. The Vikings went on to score twice more in the first quarter to give them a 28-0 lead going into the second quarter.
Though the Warriors’ tough defense seemed to slow down Charlo’s offense, the Vikings went on to score two more touchdowns in the second quarter to take a 36-0 half-time lead into the locker room.
At the start of the third quarter, Viking Brady Fryberger intercepted the Warriors’ quarterback throw and ran it back 26-yards for a touchdown. The Vikings finished the third-quarter with a 50-0 lead.
In the fourth quarter, the Warriors put points on the board with a 20-yard touchdown pass but it wasn’t enough. Viking Roper Edwards capped a six-play drive with a 15-yard touchdown pass to Dominic Marquez to end the game 56-6.
“I was very pleased with the effort that we brought to this game,” Charlo football head coach Mike Krahn said. “We have been practicing indoors for a week and have not had any live reps. It was a very physical football game played on a hot afternoon and I thought both teams played with a lot of heart.”
“It will be a short week of preparation,” Krahn said. “So, we will have to be efficient in our game planning. After such a physical game with Arlee, we will need to keep our contact down so we can be healed up to play on Friday.”
Friday’s road game in St. Ignatius started out with the Vikings jumping out to a quick 14-0 lead over the Mission Bulldogs. The Bulldogs cut the Vikings lead to 14-6 on their second possession of the game with Gus Bosley’s 47-yard touchdown run. Charlo went on to score again in the first quarter to extend their lead 22-6. Once again, Bosley and the Bulldogs responded with a rushing touchdown to bring the score to 22-14.
“Mission came out and played very inspired and physical football,” Krahn said. “Credit Coach Murray and his staff for having a sound game plan and having their guys prepared to play.”
The Vikings finished the first quarter 30-14 on a Landers Smith five-yard touchdown run.
The second quarter saw both offenses struggle to move the ball against each other’s physical defenses. The Vikings were able to tack on a touchdown in the waning moments of the second quarter to take a 36-14 half-time lead.
The Viking defense held the Bulldogs scoreless in the second half while the offense scored two more touchdowns in the third quarter to finish out the game 52-14.
“It’s always a great feeling when you beat your biggest rivals,” Vikings all-purpose player Landers Smith said. “The team made that happen twice in one week.”
“They were huge wins for us and big steps toward our goal,” Viking quarterback Tyson Petticrew said. “Both games were very physical and a lot of fun.”
The Vikings are on the road Sept. 30 at Plains.
Charlo 56, Arlee 6
Arlee 0 0 0 6 - 6
Charlo 22 14 14 6 – 56
C: Landers Smith 2 run (Tyson Petticrew pass)
C: Smith 18 yards (run failed)
C: Brady Fryberger 6 pass from Smith (Smith run)
C: Smith 9 run (run failed)
C: Toby Odom 5 run (Smith run)
C: Fryberger interception (Smith run)
C: Petticrew 30 run (pass failed)
A: Chase Gardner 20 pass from Lane Schall (run failed)
C: Dominic Marquez 15 pass from Roper Edwards (run failed)
Charlo 52, Mission 14
Charlo 30 6 16 0 – 52
Mission 14 0 0 0 – 14
C: Odom 5 run (Smith run)
C: Smith 29 pass from Petticrew (run failed)
M: Gus Bosley 47 run (run failed)
C: Smith 29 run (Petticrew run)
M: Bosley 8 run (Wacey McClure pass from Troy Mitchell)
C: Smith 5 run (Petticrew run)
C: Petticrew run (pass failed)
C: Smith 47 run (Smith run)
C: Odom 15 run (Smith Run)