A solid week of practice led the Challis Vikings to a resounding 44-18 victory against the North Gem Cowboys last week.
The Aug. 31 road game was a non-division game for the Vikings, but still an important matchup. The Vikings are now 2-0 on the season.
Viking players were excited to get the game started after the Challis JV team lost 32-36 in the first game of the afternoon. It was the first football game some of the JV squad members had played in their fledgling careers.
The good week of practice was not well represented in the first half of the varsity game. The Vikings were plagued with turnovers and were down 0-12 nearly the entire first half.
Challis finally put up a score with seconds left in the second quarter on a touchdown catch by Parker May followed by a 2-point reception by May.
Challis came out for the second half rejuvenated. The Vikings marched down the field on two consecutive possessions both ending with Mitchell Cotant punching in the final run for 6.
William Ashley ran in a 2-point conversion on the first touchdown, making the score 22-12, Challis.
Near the end of the third quarter, Bruin Bradshaw chased down the Cowboys’ quarterback and forced a fumble. The loose ball was scooped up by Ross Sheppeard and taken to the end zone. Cotant rushed in the 2-point conversion, bringing the score to 30-12.
The Vikings defense held strong in the third quarter, not allowing North Gem to score.
In the fourth quarter Challis continued to dominate offensively and defensively. Cotant scored two more times on two 5-yard rushes. Both of those scoring drives were topped off with successful extra-point kicks by Austin Ollar.
North Gem scored one more time, at the end of the fourth quarter. But the points came too late for the Cowboys to have any real chance of coming back.
Cooper Erickson led the Challis team with five tackles.
Challis is on the road again this week, facing the Grace Grizzlies at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7.