Just three games into the season, it appears the Vikings have found a love for the dramatics, as for the second week in a row, a key play late in the fourth quarter helped them win a one-point game. Tri-County football won on Friday night against Big Rapids 13-12 after getting a huge stop on a two-point conversion try.

Tri-County started the scoring with five minutes left in the first quarter as Kyle Proctor found the end zone for the first time in 2016. Proctor had a strong game on the ground as he took eighteen carries and turned them into 116 yards. The extra point was blocked however, so the Vikings led 6-0. The strong defensive play on both sides kept either team from scoring the remainder of the first half.

Halfway through the third quarter, the Cardinals evened the score as tailback Avery Montgomery ran twenty-two yards to the end zone. The score would remain tied as Big Rapids missed their extra point.

In the fourth quarter, Caden Luchies took to the air and he found Quentin Stevens for a 63-yard touchdown strike, putting the Vikings up 13-6 with 8:26 left. Just four minutes later, Big Rapids answered as quarterback Braeden Childress escaped out of the pocket and ran ten yards for the score, closing the gap to one.

The Cardinals lined up to go for two to take the lead, however the stout Vikings defense kept Big Rapids out of the end zone, keeping a 13-12 lead.

Tri-County’s defense played the best game of their season as Ray Smith and Tim Totengco led the defensive charge. This win was their second of the year, improving their record to 2-0 in the CSAA-Gold. Next week, the Vikings will take on Remus Chippewa Hills as they try to maintain a lead in the league standings. For Big Rapids, they will take on Fremont, aiming for their first win.

SCORING SUMMARY

TimeScoreScoring Play
1Q 5:00TC 6-0K.Proctor 5yd run. (XP Blocked)
3Q 5:03TIED 6-6A,Montgomery 22yd run. (XP Blocked)
4Q 8:26TC 13-6C.Luchies 63yd pass to Q.Stevens. (XP Good)
4Q 4:04TC 13-12B.Childress 10yd run. (2pt Conversion Failed)