Viking football wins big over Onamia Panthers

Brian Larsen

Touchdowns came early and often for the visiting Cook County High School football team which made the long trip to Onamia on Friday, September 1.

The Vikings got on the board when Tristen Bockovich recovered a blocked punt and returned it three yards for a touchdown. Ethan Sporn ran in the two point conversion, and the Vikings led 8-0.

Not long after Andrew Miller blocked a punt which resulted in a safety which gave the Vikings a 10-0 lead.

Ethan Sporn ran for six points on a 10-yard touchdown run, and Dillon Sjogren ran for the two point conversion which made it 18-0.

Once again after the Vikings made a quick defensive stop, and the offense took the field. Soon after Ethan Sporn scooted in from 18 yards and Andrew Miller caught the two point reception from quarterback Josh Prom. The first quarter ended with the Vikings leading 26-0.

Early in the second quarter Andrew Miller crossed the end zone line from two yards out. The extra point run failed, and it was 32-0.

With Onamia unable to gain a first down the Vikings got the ball right back and marched it down the field. Sporn scored on a 10-yard romp and also ran in the two point conversion. That made it 40-0.

Josh Prom scored next on a one-yard run, and Andrew Miller ran in the two point conversion to push the Vikings’ lead to 48-0.

Once again the Viking stopped the Onamia offense and once again Ethan Sporn ran five yards for a touchdown with Prom running for two points to bring the score to 56-0.

Using the model “if it’s not broke don’t fix it,” the Vikings stayed with Sporn, and he delivered with a two-yard touchdown and gained two points on the conversion run. The Vikings led 64-0 at the half and tried to shut their offense down.

With a 72-0 lead, the Vikings would score just one more touchdown on a 51-yard run by Prom. The two point conversion pass failed, and the Vikings won 78-0.

Junior running back Ethan Sporn was named Offensive Player of the Game for his 231 yards gained on 17 carries, five touchdowns, and 36 points scored.

Billy Hackett was named Defensive Player for the Game. Head Coach Mitch Dorr said, “Billy totally disrupted Onamia’s offense with nine tackles from the defensive tackle position.”

Big Hit honors went to Keenan Hingos who delivered a Big Hit in the third quarter from his linebacker position, said Coach Dorr.

When the coach was asked if any Viking team had posted a bigger margin of victory, he replied, “Not that I am aware of.... My senior season we beat Cook 72-0.”

The Vikings play(ed) Silver Bay at home on Friday, September 8. The game starts at 7 p.m. Come out and cheer on your Vikings!

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