GRAND ISLAND — The guy writing this wants you to not read it, but to look at the photographs. We are trying to do things a little different on our site and take you inside the game from a students perspective.
So Friday night was special for a football guy with three girls.
It was Addison’s first high school football experience as a freshman at Northwest High School and she manned the sidelines with me for the Viking Striv crew and snapped some photos of the Vikings (ranked 8th by the Omaha World-Herald) 20-3 win over 10th-ranked McCook.
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The Vikings scored on their opening drive when quarterback Rans Sanders scored from the 1 and it was all they would need quite frankly. Kevin Stein — offensive wizard — rode his defense all night.
“Just really proud of our defense,” Stein said. “You even look at the three points we gave up and they had a short field. I was happy that they gave up three there. In my book, we have two shutouts.”
The Vikings beat Gering 43-0 last week in a weather-shortened game in the panhandle.
Northwest led 17-0 at the break and McCook had 63 yards on 23 snaps and four first downs. In the second quarter, a big Brady Braasch run set up Parker Janky’s 25-yard field goal and then Sanders broke loose on a 56-yard scramble that turned into a touchdown.
Then, Stein sat on it.
With McCook content to run the football and work clock, Stein tried to get the game over as soon as he could. Though he’d like a little better offensive showing in the final 24 minutes.
The Bison had a seven-play drive and a punt. Then a 13-play drive that ended in a Cam Berry fumble at the 7. Then the field goal with 7:54 left.
The Vikings? They three straight three-and-outs that ended in punts before Janky added a short field, field goal for the final margin. All told, Northwest had 14 yards in the second half stalemate.
Stein only cared a little.
“We got up 17-0 and had some opportunities,” Stein said. “Our coaches wanted to take some chances and I said, ‘Heck with it.’ Let’s win this thing 17-7 and get out of here.”
His defense did him just a little better. There are some pictures to prove it.