It looked like the Erie Red Devils were going to shut out the Northeast Vikings friday night, but the Vikings pulled off an astounding 20 points late in the fourth quarter, ending with a 33-20 score.

It looked like the Erie Red Devils were going to shut out the Northeast Vikings friday night, but the Vikings pulled off an astounding 20 points late in the fourth quarter, ending with a 33-20 score. 

Erie dominated the first quarter with a touchdown by Tyler Kennedy and a Brett Thompson to Gavon page pass play also resulting in a touchdown. Thompson also ran it in to gain the two point converstion, ending the first (and eventually the half) leading 14 -0. 


"We just couldn't get our passing game established early enough to do anything, and we had turnovers that cost us." Northeast head coach Phil Hobbs said Friday night. 


Both teams struggled with fumbles and turnovers throughout the game, with Erie recovering all three of their fumbles and two Viking fumbles in the first half. 


"That's one thing we saw coming in, from watching film" Hobbs said of the many turnovers.


"We knew they (Erie) put the ball on the ground quite a bit. We did that early in the season and we've kind of cleaned that up in the last few weeks, but this week those things came back." Hobbs said. 


The Red Devils scored the rest of their 19 points in the third quarter. A sack from senior Taylor Cole freed up the ball at the goal line, and junior Rian Lahey recovered the fumble in the endzone for their second touchdown of the second half.


With :40 left in the third, Kennedy ran it in for a fifteen yard touchdown, and the Red Devils ended the quarter 33-0.


"The third quarter was definitely rough for us." Hobbs said. 


However, the Vikings turned it around in the fourth, starting the new energy. Tyler Hribar ran the ball in three times that quarter, scoring two touchdowns and a two point conversion. 


"If we would have played like we did in the fourth early on, I think we could have done some real good things." Hobbs said. 


The Vikings gained another touchdown with just :09 left on the clock with a 55 yard pass play from Richardson to Cleland. Hobbs said Richardson and Cleland have had a good passing game all year. 


"They've really connected well, they kind of know what each other's going to do."


Despite an explosive fourth quarter, it wasn't enough for the Vikings, and the game ended in a 33-20 Red Devil Victory. 


"We were short-handed tonight, we were missing Nick Younge, who has been our lead receiver so far this season, so that kind of hurt us a little." Hobbs said. 


Hobbs said his team plans on working with what they have, and what they are good at in preparation for next week's game. 

Northeast (0-7) faces Frontenac (4-3) next Friday. 

 

RED DEVILS 33, VIKINGS 20

 

NEHS 0 0 0 20 -- 20

EHS 14 0 19 0 -- 33

Scoring Summary

EHS -- Tyler Kennedy 2 run (kick failed) 9:42, 1Q

EHS -- Brett Thompson 15 pass to Gavon Page (Thompson run) 8:13, 1Q

EHS -- Kennedy 40 return (Brent Lehenbauer kick) 5:41, 3Q 

EHS -- Rian Lahey 1 fumble recovery (kick fail) 2:18, 3Q

EHS -- Kennedy 15 run (conversion failed) :40, 3Q

NEHS -- Tyler Hribar 1 run (conversion failed) 5:28, 4Q

NEHS -- Hribar 3 run (Hribar run) 4:32, 4Q

NEHS -- J.T. Richardson to Chase Cleland 55 pass play (conversion failed) :09, 4Q

 

Team Statistics

                          NEHS EHS

First downs 9            5

Rushing yds.       158       203

Passing 14-25-2     7-12-2

Passing yds. 127             96

Total offense 285           299

Penalties-yds.    3-20          3-20

Fumbles-lost 5-4             6-2

Individual Statistics

RUSHING -- NEHS, Tyler Hribar 15-71, J.T. Richardson 18-48, Chase Cleland 3-33, Colby Boswell 3-3, Killian Willard 1-3. EHS, Tyler Kennedy 25-156, Rian Lahey 3-39, Kevin Carr 4-12, Brett Thompson 3-(-2), Josh Forbes 1-(-2).

PASSING -- NEHS, Richardson 14-25-1-2-127. EHS, Thompson 7-12-2-2-96.

RECEIVING -- NEHS, Cleland 10-89, Killian Willard 3-29, Colby Boswell 3-2. 

EHS, Tyler Kennedy 3-61, Gavon Page 3-19.