GSHS Vikings secure playoff spot

In a recent home game, Guernsey-Sunrise High School junior quarterback Brian McCoid hands off to sophomore running back Kaleb Foggie. The two players have teamed up to amass most of the rushing yards for the varsity football team.

GUERNSEY – The Vikings took the long road trip to Kaycee in hopes of seeking to avenge a 70-6 drubbing a year ago at home. They did not disappoint.

After knocking the kinks out after the long bus ride, the Vikings had bus lethargy in the first half of the game and it looked like the Buckaroos would find their first victory of the year. After taking a one point lead at the beginning of the second quarter, 8-7, Kaycee scored 20 unanswered points and took both momentum and a commanding lead to the locker room.

Earning a playoff spot was on the line for the Vikings and after chipping off six points in the third quarter, they still trailed Kaycee by a score of 35-22 heading into the final stanza. Some were expecting the Vikings of old to surface. A young team who would not be able to come from behind.

Maturity is an earned virtue and the Vikings came out to play perhaps the best quarter of their season and proved to themselves that they can come back from substantial odds. Never mind that they were playing on the road. Forget the fact that they were behind by two touchdowns. It doesn’t matter that they lost the previous year by 64 points.

It was a new year, the ragtag band of outlaws came together as a tight-knit family that knew something about facing odds. They lost almost everyone of their team members at one point or another due to COVID in 2020, they had to forfeit a game that would have given them another victory in the standings this year, they lost their starting quarterback to a broken wrist in the playoffs last year in Meeteetse and then lost Tristan Hohnholt, one of their most talented and up and coming players to a broken arm this year.

They were so ready for THIS fourth quarter. The field general Brian McCoid took the team on his shoulders and with the supporting cast, ran for over 100 yards and two touchdowns in the quarter and then passed for another one.

By the time the dust settled in Kaycee, the Vikings posted one of the most improbable and impressive comebacks in recent times. They walked away with a 42-35 victory.

“That was a big win for us and I couldn't be prouder of our guys,” said head football coach Curtis Cook. “Coming back and winning in that fashion on the road was a big step for us and a total team effort.  This win was a step in the right direction and hopefully we can build on it as we move toward the playoffs.”

The Vikings amassed 365 yards of total offense with 289 yards coming from the ground game. Although Kaycee kept the ball on the ground and controlled the clock for most of the game, staying on the field for 20 minutes longer than the Vikings, it was to no avail.

McCoid was a one-man wrecking crew who went 5-17 passing for 76 yards and two touchdowns and was also the leading rusher gaining 209 yards on only eight carries. Kaleb Foggie gained 58 yards with 21 carries. Rawland Isabell was the leading receiver with 48 yards and two catches.

On defense the two-headed monster of Isabell and Cooper Harriman who were in on 29 tackles led the team. Brody Harriman was responsible for three extra points which gave the Vikings those six extra points down the stretch.

The Vikings (3-3) will be back home this Saturday when nonconference Burlington (0-5) comes to town. The kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.

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