The Tri-County Vikings, fresh off their Week 1 win over Lakeview, traveled to Big Rapids to take on the Cardinals in their CSAA-Gold opener. In a back and forth affair, it was a defensive touchdown by Gregory Miller carried the team to a 24-22 win.
In the first quarter, Big Rapids started the scoring with a 26 yard touchdown run by quarterback Sam Alley. Tri-County tried to even the score with a touchdown of their own when Nick Braunschneider ran 72 yards to the end zone. The extra point was unsuccessful, leaving Big Rapids ahead 7-6 after the first quarter of play. Tri-County would take the lead before the half when Braunschneider connected with Hunter Dewey for a thirteen yard touchdown to give the Vikings a 12-7 lead.
Tri-County continued their run of unanswered drives with a 70 yard pass from Braunschneider to Cameren Friend to extend the lead to 18-7. Big Rapids began to respond as Sam Alley continued to rack up touchdowns. Two touchdown runs of 20 and 50 yards respectively, paired with a two-point conversion brought the Cardinals out in front with a 22-18 lead over the Vikings.
In the fourth quarter, the Vikings were able to contain Big Rapids and hold them from scoring. A fumble recovery by Gregory Miller would prove to be the difference, as the 20 yard scoop and score in the final frame would give the Vikings a 24-22 victory. Braunschneider was phenomenal as well, as he threw for 190 yards and ran for another 133 yards.
With the win, Tri-County is 2-0 for the first time since 2005. They will try to move to 3-0 for the first time since 2004 when they face Chippewa Hills next week. Big Rapids is now 0-2 on the year, and they will try to get their first win against Fremont.