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Successful homecoming for Vikings
andrew brethauer October 14th, 2011

Sarnia, ON It was a successful homecoming for the Northern Vikings senior football team, as the Vikings put up 21 second half points to defeat the St. Christopher Cyclones 24-10.

But despite the victory, Viking coach Craig Davies felt the game could have went either way.

"We played a sloppy game," said Davies. "We just need to correct a few things from a discipline stand point. But all credit to St. Christopher's because they played a game they could have and should have won."

The Cyclones managed to hold the the Vikings to just three points in the first half, despite a dismal first quarter that started with the first snap being fumbled. The Vikings would recover but would not be able to punch it in on their third down try, giving the ball back to the Cyclones. But their first quarter woes continues as St. Chris quarterback Ryan Greenwood would be forced out of the pocket and throw an interception. This would result in the Vikings field goal and 3-0 lead.

The second quarter was a defensive struggle, as a few big pass plays were given up on both sides, but neither could result in a score.

Things would not get any better for the Cyclones in the third quarter, as Greenwood would fumble and recover the ball just in front of his own goal line, setting up a 2nd and long. On the next play, Greenwood would throw a pass right the arms of Arjan Pakvis of Northern for another interception.

Northern would take advantage again of the turnover, as Jon Ravenhorst would find Jawon Burns in the endzone for a 30 yard touchdown pass to put the Vikings up 10-0.

But the Cyclones would get their own luck on a turnover, as a Vikings fumble at their own 18 yard line would put the Cyclones with the red zone. They would only need one play as Greenwood would connect with Chris Bradley in the endzone for the touchdown, and a 10-7 Viking lead.

Northern though would pick up their running game and restore their two score lead, as Curtis Robichaud would find a hole up the middle and run for a 35 yard touchdown, putting Northern back in front 17-7. Elliot Handy would also find some running room for the Vikings as they begin to run out the clock.

After a pair of interceptions, the Vikings would get another score, as Ravenhorst would connect for his second throwing touchdown of the game for a 24-7 lead.

St. Chris would add a field goal late in the game, but it wouldn't be enough as they fall 24-10.

"I thought our kids showed up to play today," said St. Chris coach Mike Greenwood. "They have bigger numbers then us and our kids came to fight. Today was going to be a test for our guys to see what they bring and we found out we got a bunch of fighters."

Turnovers and penalties decided the pace of the game, as Northern committed penalties, pushing them back, which Davies says is something they will need to clean up moving forward.

St. Chris had turnover issues, with multiple interceptions and fumbles leading to scores for the Vikings.

"Turnovers is still a problem and we need to clean up," said Greenwood. "We got to take our lessons and clean it up for the playoffs."

St. Chris will have their own homecoming next week on Thursday, October 20th against LCCVI. Northern will travel to SCITS to take on the Bombers.


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