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VIkings lose in a close game

The Vikings did many things right, but unfortunately many errors cost them a victory against Wauneta Palisade at last Friday’s homecoming game.  At the start of the game, the Vikings gave up an early touchdown, but soon after marched down the field and scored on a twelve yard touchdown run by Ethan Klingenberg.  Jarett Bieker kicked the extra point to make it 8-7 in favor of the Broncos. In the second quarter, Wauneta-Palisade scored on a two yard run, but the Vikings bounced back on a thirty-two yard run by Klingenberg, putting Bertrand behind by 1 point.  The Broncos scored late in the half to make the score 20-13 in favor of the Wauneta-Palisade going into halftime.

The Vikings scored early in the 3rd quarter when Arik Ackerman hit Jarett Bieker on a five yard touchdown pass.  The Vikings picked up the two-point conversion on a fake extra point as Ackerman passed to Jackson Furlong in the end zone giving the Vikings the lead.  Later in the third quarter, Wauneta-Palisade scored a touchdown on a tipped pass that fell into the hands of a Bronco receiver for a touchdown for the final score of the game. 

The Vikings had many chances, but were unable to score as penalties and unforced errors plagued the Vikings as they fell short. The Vikings will play at Loomis on Friday, September 27 at 7 pm.


Rushing– Ethan Klingenberg: 20- 153 yds     

Passing– Arik Ackerman: 9-20 – 136 yds   

Receiving– Jose Murillo:  2-62; Jarett Bieker: 7-38;   Jackson Furlong: 2-36     

Leading Tacklers–   Jarret Bieker: 13;  Wilson Kuck: 13; Bladen Jasnoch: 10  

Sertoma East/ West 8 – man all star game

Mark Dethlefs has been a loyal coach to the Viking football program for 23 years. He has coached 38 years total. Before coming to Bertrand, he coached at two other schools, Sioux County Harrison, and Ewing. This summer he was given the opportunity to coach in the Sertoma East- West 8-man All-Star game in Hastings. However, this wasn’t his first all-star game. In 1986, he was chosen to coach in the West Nebraska All Star game in Scottsbluff. 

    Two 2019 Viking graduates were also chosen to play one last time under Coach Dethlefs direction in the Sertoma Classic. Jordan Holen and Dylan Boggs were among those selected by the states coaches. When asked how it felt to coach his own players he said, “It was fun. It was a different setting where it’s not all about winning. It’s more about having fun.” Winning wasn’t the main priority, but the West did win, 34-22. Coach Dethlefs commented that it’s definitely something he would do again. 

Vikings Get a Comeback Win Against the Broncos

   Despite a 24-12 deficit at half-time, the Vikings managed to make a second half rally to defeat the Broncos last Friday in Amherst.  

The Vikings  could not stop the Amherst running game in the first half which resulted in trailing 24-12.  Bryce Philips went down in the first half with a knee injury making the effort more challenging forcing the Vikings to make changes. The Vikings switched to a defense that they hadn’t used in two years to try and slow down the Bronco attack. The Vikings were able to score in the first half with a 64 yard touchdown pass from Arik Ackerman to Jose Murillo in the first quarter and a three yard run by Ethan Klingenberg to score late in the second quarter. The Vikings were unable to convert on either of the two, 2-point conversions.       

      The Vikings gave up a quick score at the start of the second half to make it 30-12  with 11 minutes left in the 3rd quarter. It wasn’t looking good for the Vikings until Ethan Klingenberg ran for 55 yards on an option play to spark the Vikings.  This score led to 32 straight points for Bertrand. Klingenberg scored three more times in the second half. He ran in two touchdowns; one for fifteen yards and another for five yards. A pass from Arik Ackerman to Klingenberg for 55 yards and another long pass to Jose Murillo  set up the third touchdown for Klingenberg. Ackerman also scored on a 26 yard TD run in the half.  

     Although the Viking offense scored big in the second half, the true story is about the second half defense and how it was able to shut down the Bronco running game. The Broncos only had thirty yards rushing in the second half.  The defensive line and linebackers  consisting of Wilson Kuck, Jarett Bieker,  William De Oss, Bladen Jasnoch and Jackson Furlong did not give an inch. Although the boys were learning and adapting to a new defense, their aggressiveness was the difference in slowing down the Bronco offense. The Vikings gave up a long pass late in the game to make the game more interesting, but they held on to win the game  44-36.   

     The boys played hard and the crowd gave them lots of energy. The fans were fabulous! The Vikings have a bye this week, but will host Medicine Valley in a JV game on Monday. Wauneta-Palisade will travel to Bertrand next Friday, September 20 for homecoming.