Vikings and Bulldogs tangle in district matchup
CHARLO – The Mission Bulldogs and Charlo Vikings football teams may both be playoff bound in late October, but on Friday evening, the big-game feel was already evident as the Bulldogs (2-1) visited the Vikings (2-1) in Charlo.
The game ended in the Vikings' favor as they outscored the Bulldogs 60-26 for the win.
Charlo, on the second play of the game, grabbed early momentum when Landers Smith scampered down the sidelines for 41 yards and scored the first touchdown. The ensuing two-point conversion gave the Vikings an 8-0 lead.
Late in the first quarter, Bulldog quarterback Isaac DuMontier hit Jedi Christy on a seven-yard pass play for a touchdown, the failed two-point conversion made the score 8-6 Vikings.
The Vikings answered the Bulldogs' score with a Smith four-yard touchdown run and completed the two-point conversion to push the lead to 10 with 57.6 seconds remaining on the clock in the first quarter, 16-6.
Charlo scored 24 points in the second quarter. The first score came on a 16-yard run from Isaiah Allik, a Garett Vaughan 4-yard run and a Smith 10-yard run. The Bulldogs closed out the first half with a safety, and a DuMontier 20-yard touchdown pass to Troy Matt.
Entering the third quarter, the Vikings led 38-14. The Vikings were up 60-14 after a 51-yard interception for a touchdown from Smith, along with two rushing touchdowns of 48 yards and seven yards. A DuMontier pass to Matt closed the gap 60-20 to end the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter, DuMontier added another score on a five-yard pass to Cole Gilleard, ending the game 60-26.
“Mission played very tough and battled the entire game,” Viking head coach Mike Krahn said. “They were physical and were able to move the football well offensively. Defensively, they were able to bring a lot of pressure on our quarterback. Fortunately, our defense was able to force five turnovers, which was the difference in the game.”
Smith completed 11 of his 12 pass attempts for 106 yards. Smith led the Vikings on the ground with 15 carries for 161 yards and five touchdowns.
DuMontier carried the Bulldogs, passing the ball 18 times for 121 yards and four touchdowns, while rushing the ball 12 times for 41 yards.
On Saturday, the Vikings travel to Victor to meet the Pirates, and kickoff is set for 1 p.m. Friday, Mission will celebrate homecoming against the Seeley-Swan Blackhawks with kickoff set for 7 p.m.