Hayfield QB Brady Kramer (11) hands off to Cole Kruger (8). Photo by Mary Nelson
By Andrew Weiers
The Vikings were defeated by Lake City on Friday night in their home opener. Lake City took advantage of a couple short fields to jump out to an early lead in the first quarter. The Vikings put together some nice drives as they moved the ball, but were unable to finish them in the first half.
In the second half the Vikings came out on a mission to get into the end zone. After being stalled on their first drive of the second half, Senior Quarterback Brady Kramer found Junior Tight End Merrick Ducharme for 37 yard completion that set up a Kramer rushing touchdown for the first score of the season. In the fourth, the Viking Offense went back to work, putting together a 12 play, 96 yard drive, once again capped off by a Kramer TD run.
The Vikings were led offensively by Kramer, who passed for 127 yards and rushed for another 31; Junior Cole Kruger with 88 yards of offense and Junior Matt Walters who had five catches for 43 yards. Senior Nate Timmons and Juniors Merrick Ducharme and Carter Pesch also racked up some yards for the Vikings, who totaled 376 yards of total offense.
Defensively, the Vikings had a tough task defending a few short fields. After a rough start, the Viking D settled in and started to make plays. Leading the defensive charge were Juniors Corey Thompson and Merrick Ducharme with 8 tackles apiece. Seniors Jason Born and Brady Kramer also added 7 and 6 tackles respectively.
Thank you to all of those who came out and supported us in our home opener. The Vikings hope to build on their second half effort this week as they host the Goodhue Wildcats, who are 1-1 on the season. Kickoff will be at 7:00 Friday night at Dean Fritze Field. The fifth quarter will once again follow the game, where all kids, boys and girls, are invited onto the field after the game to run around under the lights.