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  • Northeast uses big play for third win

  • The Northeast Vikings won their first league game on one of the craziest plays.



    Going up against the Jayhawk-Linn Jayhawks (1-4) in their Homecoming matchup, the Vikings (3-2) found themselves tied at 14 with less than two minutes to go with the ball on the 49-yard line.

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  • The Northeast Vikings won their first league game on one of the craziest plays.
    Going up against the Jayhawk-Linn Jayhawks (1-4) in their Homecoming matchup, the Vikings (3-2) found themselves tied at 14 with less than two minutes to go with the ball on the 49-yard line.
    Quarterback J.T. Richardson completed a pass to Killian Willard before Willard fumbled the ball. Keegan Willard then picked up the loose ball and took it all the way into the end zone for the game-winning touchdown. Richardson then completed the two-point conversion with a pass to Killian Willard for the 22-14 victory.
    “Right now, I can’t even describe what happened, because I’m not even sure who scored the touchdown. That was a heck of a touchdown. A good play with the scoop and score by our kids,” said Northeast head coach Phil Hobbs. “That’s something we preach to the kids, playing to the whistle and was something that we didn’t do a lot of today.”
    It did not take long for the Vikings to score as Antonio Slingluff took the opening kickoff 70 yards for a touchdown on the opening kickoff. Richardson ran the ball in for the two-point conversion for an early 8-0 lead.
    A muffed punt by the Vikings on their own 19 gave the ball back to the Jayhawks and set up a touchdown pass from Chandler Morrell to Austin Coleman. The Jayhawks would miss the two-point conversion.
    Richardson would take the ball in for six on a five-yard run, but would miss the two-point conversion with 7:44 to play in the second quarter.
    The Vikings came close to scoring late in the second quarter by taking the ball deep inside Jayhawk territory after Richardson connected with Nick Younge on a 35-yard pass. However, time was not on the Vikings hands as they had only eight seconds remaing in the half and were unable to score.
    “I’m happy that we won, but I think we made some mistakes earlythat hurt us. I think that we let them stay in the ball game more than what we should have. I don’t think we stuck to our game plan as much as we could have,” Hobbs said. “We’re striving to get better every week and a win’s a win and I can’t get too greedy, but at the same time I think we came in a little flat, and I think Homecoming is a part of that. We have to keep our kids from that distraction all week long and all day long, and I think it’s tiring for them, and it’s easy to get beaten on your home field on homecoming. We saw that happen when we went up and beat Eureka earlier this season.”
    Page 2 of 2 - The Jayhawks got back into the red zone with a 34-yard pass to Jacob Grimes before turning the ball over on downs right before halftime.
    After a scoreless third quarter, an interception by Jayhawk-Linn’s Levi Jackson with 6:53 left gave new life to the Jayhawks before Coleman’s 20 yard-catch for a touchdown and two-point conversion equalized the game at 14 with 6:08 remaining.
    The Vikings took possession on their own 25-yard line, which would turn into their game-winning touchdown drive.
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