Up the road in Seward, in person, the Rewind saw about the craziest darn football game you’ll ever see. Northwest fended off this final play from the Bluejays 44-40.
— Striv Sports (@strivsports) September 22, 2018
With 37 seconds left, quarterback Carter Terry had connected with Mitch Vitera for on a 17-yard score that brought the Vikings all the way back from a 40-31 deficit with under seven minutes left.
God bless the Vikings for surviving this long.
After hosting winless Gering on opening night Northwest has faced four straight undefeated opponents — McCook, Scottsbluff, Aurora and Seward. All are still unblemished, save the Bluejays, so those opponents have a 20-1 combined record.
“Their daubers weren’t down, but they were definitely questioning themselves,” Head Coach Kevin Stein said. “They have had really good practices. I thought tonight we had fresh legs.”
They needed them because it looked bleak for a long, long time.
Seward shredded the Vikings in the second quarter behind the passing of Joseph Krause — he finished with 425 yards. But, 254 were in the first half. In the deciding fourth quarter, he was just 5-for-14 for 98 yards as NW forced a turnover on down and two punts before the final possession.
“Our coaches went to a 3-man front,” Stein said of a defensive switch at the half. “We were good against their run game, not great. But, we made just enough plays to get it done.”
Counter Krause’s fourth quarter to Terry’s. With the game on the line he was at his best, completing 14-for-16 passes to — wait for it — six different receivers in the fourth quarter for 139 yards. His pass to Vitera capped a 16-play, 99-yard drive that took just 2:37.
Terry said the Vikings might be better for surviving the September stretch.
“We knew our schedule was brutal,” Terry said.
We just had to stay the course and trust the process. We just have to keep coming to practice everyday and working hard.