McCutcheon ends HN football’s season

Huntington North quarterback Brett Kaylor (middle) hands the ball off to running back Logan Hippensteel during a sectional game against visiting McCutcheon on Friday, Oct. 27. The Vikings lost 42-7, bringing their season to an end.
Huntington North quarterback Brett Kaylor (middle) hands the ball off to running back Logan Hippensteel during a sectional game against visiting McCutcheon on Friday, Oct. 27. The Vikings lost 42-7, bringing their season to an end. Photo by Steve Clark.

The season came to an end for the Huntington North High School football team with a 42-7 defeat to visiting McCutcheon in the semifinals of Class 5A Sectional 11 on Friday, Oct. 27.

With the loss, the Vikings finish the season 0-10, making it the first winless campaign in the school’s history, which dates back to 1966.

McCutcheon scored 14 points in each of the game’s first three quarters before letting off the gas in the fourth. Huntington North tallied its lone score of the evening in the second quarter on a 39-yard touchdown connection between quarterback Brett Kaylor and wide receiver Austin Spahr.

The Vikings topped out at 200 yards on offense. Kaylor accounted for more than half of that production, throwing for 104 yards and the score on 12 of 25 passing. Spahr hauled in four of those tosses for 81 yards.

The Huntington North defense yielded 423 yards to McCutcheon. The Mavericks were led by running back Austin Bennett, who rushed for 117 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries.

Linebacker Charlie Agnew paced the Viking defense with 11 tackles and a sack. Lineman Colton Hasty and linebacker Isaac Hill each recovered a fumble while Spahr grabbed an interception.

McCutcheon improves to 7-3 and will host Kokomo, 6-4, for the sectional title on Friday, Nov. 3.