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Charlo football … Yeah, these guys are that good

Team trounces rival Arlee 56-8 for Homecoming

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CHARLO – While the pickens may be slim in a small, Class C high school, Coach Mike Krahn turns those numbers into victories. It all starts with healthy kids and summertime workouts, which Charlo’s coaches push as part of their successful program.

Throughout the year, Krahn emphasizes overall workouts and health with the boys. 

“We’ve been putting time in the weight room and putting on pounds,” Krahn said. 

“Speed is a huge advantage,” he added, and with the majority of the team participating in spring track, it keeps their fast feet in shape. “Football is such a physical sport. Picking up size and staying healthy helps tremendously,” he said.

Football camps are a great learning tool for the smaller schools, according to Coach Krahn, as the kids get to see quality teams from Idaho and Washington as well as bigger class teams from Montana. 

Krahn is impressed with the turnout. “We had 19 kids make it to camp this year,” he said.

Division wins at home also play a big part in the morale of the team and with a flawless record thus far, the Vikings are in route to a first-in-conference season. 

“The main thing is the kids are doing exactly what is expected,” Krahn said.

On Friday the Vikings hosted Arlee’s Warriors for their Homecoming game. With the cheerleaders shaking their pom-poms and the fans blowing their spirit horns, the Vikings definitely gave the crowd a rise with the 56-8 win, improving their record to 5-0.

Viking sophomore quarterback Michael Delaney was 13-14 in passing for 99 yards and three touchdowns. In rushing, senior Tyler Delaney went 81 yards on 11 carries, taking it to the end zone twice for the Vikings.

The Vikings have seniors Jacen Peterson and Ryan Fullerton as their captains this year and according to Coach Krahn, it’s the first time captains have been named. 

“Those kids have been great filling that role,” Krahn said. “They have been doing a great job making calls and getting the kids into the weight room and to the camps.” 

Krahn is also impressed with seniors Tyler Delaney and Tristan Santee. “Tyler has been a silent leader for us and Tristan works hard; he’s gotten bigger and stronger,” he said. 

With a state title in sight the Vikings have a number-one goal of going undefeated in their division. 

“To go undefeated guarantees a division win,” Krahn said. “The western division is the toughest in the state. Ultimately the kids want to advance to the semi-finals.”

Teams from the western division have taken state the last two years. 

“Eight-man football is a numbers game,” Krahn said, and with seven return seniors, the numbers are looking good for Charlo. “Knock on wood we stay healthy and if we do, anything is achievable. They are having an outstanding season.”

Currently ranked second in the state — out of 67 teams — the Vikings will host sixth-ranked Drummond (4-1) Oct. 11.


Charlo 56, Arlee 8

Charlo 8 24 16 8 – 56

Arlee 0 8 0 0 - 8


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