The Tri-County Vikings took a tough Week 3 loss, falling a touchdown shy of Reed City. This Friday, they stormed back, taking down rival Grant in the annual “Sledgehammer” game. This is the first time since 2013 that the Vikings captured a regular season win in this series, a 40-14 walloping.

Grant started with the first score in this game, as Brady Jacobs powered across the goal line from two yards out. Tri-County responded with a late first quarter touchdown, a 12-yard run by Trent Behrenwald. Nate Lovell added a two-point conversion, giving Tri-County an 8-7 lead.

Lovell would add his own touchdown to the tally, plunging across the goal line from a yard out. Tyler Tompkins would keep the football for a two-point conversion. Tompkins passed for a pair of touchdowns late in the first half, connecting with Behrenwald (30 yards) and Stuart Gould (27 yards) to help the Vikings create a 28-6 lead heading into the locker room.

There was just one score in the third quarter, another pass from Tompkins. He found Behrenwald again, this time on a nine-yard strike. David Sheehan would score Tri-County’s last touchdown early in the fourth quarter, as he ran 10 yards into the end zone.

Grant would add another touchdown in the final minute of the game to trim the margin. Zach Barnhart ran two yards for a score, and he also added the two-point conversion.

With the win, the Vikings are now 3-1. They will face Newaygo next Friday. Grant slides to 1-3 on the season. They will return to action against the Fremont Packers.