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.