The Tri-County Vikings reached the MHSAA Playoffs five times from 1994 to 2004, including two straight trips in 2003 and 2004. Since that season, they had had just one winning season (2005). The streak of twelve consecutive losing seasons was officially snapped on Friday night as the Vikings defeated Holton 48-16 in their season finale.
Tri-County started off the scoring with a one-yard touchdown run by Tanner Ching to take a 6-0 lead. A 57-yard pass to Cam Friend set up Ching’s second touchdown run of the quarter to give Tri-County a twelve point edge.
In the second quarter, it was all Tri-County again as Ching broke off his third touchdown on a four yard run. When Ching scored his fourth touchdown of the half four minutes later, he gave the Vikings a 24-0 halftime lead.
The third quarter saw Tri-County continue to score points as Bryce Hallman would use his legs to extend the lead. He broke a 48-yard run early in the frame to extend Tri-County’s lead to 32-0. At the end of the third, Hallman again found the end zone from 20 yards out to put the Vikings ahead by 40.
The Red Devils found the end zone in the fourth quarter twice, but this was never going to be enough. Ethan Rose scored on a four-yard run halfway through the fourth to extend Tri-County’s lead to its final score of 48-16. The Viking’s 48 points is the fifth highest mark dating back to that 2005 season. This was truly a night to remember for the Vikings, especially their seniors. It is unlikely that Tri-County will qualify for the playoffs at 5-4, as they do not have a large amount of playoff points. It will be official either way on Sunday when the Selection Show takes place.