The Tri-County Vikings opened CSAA-Gold play against Chippewa Hills on Friday night. It was close in the first quarter, but a 38-0 advantage over the final three quarters gave Tri-County a 46-7 win.

Midway through the opening frame, Nate Lovell started the scoring with a 13-yard run. The Vikings would add a two-point conversion, taking an 8-0 lead. Logan Davis and Chippewa Hills would respond, and his 2-yard run brought the Warriors within a point. It was 8-7 Tri-County after twelve minutes of action.

In the second quarter, the Vikings began to extend their lead. First, Lovell scored his second touchdown on another strong run. Later in the frame, Trent Behrenwald ran ten yards for a score, extending Tri-County’s edge to fifteen points, 22-7.

Over the final half of action, the points continued to roll in uncontested for Tri-County. Nate Lovell added his third touchdown run midway through the third quarter, pushing the lead to 23 points. Trent Behrenwald rejoined the scoring party as well, his second touchdown coming early in the fourth quarter from six yards out. David Sheehan rounded out the offensive fireworks for the Vikings, as he reeled off a 60-yard touchdown run.

The Vikings’ offensive line was phenomenal in this game, opening holes for all of their runners to flourish. Tri-County, now 2-0, will face a tall task in Reed City, one of the league’s annual powers. Chippewa Hills will look to get in the win column when they take on Grant. The Warriors will need to improve an offense that is now averaging 3.5 PPG in eight quarters.