**ARTICLE BY HUDSON HARKNESS**
The Lakeview Wildcats hurt themselves with turnovers in their opener, and the Vikings took advantage in a big win in week one!
Tri-County started the season off where they ended last year. The Vikings’ defense picked up multiple turnovers in this game. Lakeview put the ball on the turf five times and had one pass intercepted. The Wildcats also had two punts blocked. The Vikings defense and special teams really stepped up to turn Lakeview’s game into a nightmare.
From the first quarter forward, the Vikings scored early and often. Trent Behrenwald picked up where he finished last season, putting two quick touchdowns on the board and giving Tri-County the 14-0 lead. David Sheehan threw his first touchdown pass on the season with 3:30 left in the first quarter. David Evans broke a 75-yard run to give the Wildcats their first score of the season. At the end of one Tri-County led 22-7.
The Vikings scoring spree continued in the second with a Sheehan touchdown pass to Blake Nelson. Ben Grant for Lakeview broke a 52-yard run to give Lakeview six more points. Evans scampered in for another six to bring Lakeview back into this game, trailing by just two scores. In the closing seconds of the first half, Sheehan powered a 2-yard run in to give TC the 36-19 lead at the break.
Behrenwald started the second half the same way he started the first quarter and put six points on the board with a 3-yard run. Not more than three minutes later, Owen Behrenwald reached the endzone on the 11-yard run. Chase Dewey converted the 2-point attempt. The scoring ended there, and the Vikings came out victorious 50-19. Tri-County faces off against Reed City next week in an epic CSAA Gold showdown. Lakeview will try and get their first victory when they face Saugatuck.