Vikings lose momentum on Saturday; fall to Kokomo 44-29


Huntington North wide receiver Paul Ehler reaches up for the football over Kokomo defensive back Rashad Gray on Saturday, Sept. 8. Ehler made the catch but the play was called back for offensive interference. Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington North High School varsity football team led visiting Kokomo, 13-7, before play was suspended on Friday, Sept. 7, due to lightning, but the Vikings couldn't sustain that momentum when play resumed on Saturday, Sept. 8, and fell 44-29.

The Vikings, 1-3, jumped out to the early lead thanks to running back Braydin Stell, who scored on a pass from quarterback Drew Schnitz and on an 80-yard touchdown scamper before play was suspended with 4:14 left in the first quarter.

Stell was the team's leading rusher, thanks to the long touchdown run, gaining 82 yards on two carries. Fullback Charleston Dydasco ran the ball once and punched it into the end zone for a score.

Schnitz helped the HNHS cause by completing 14 of 21 passes for 242 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions.

Wide receiver Paul Ehler caught Schnitz's other touchdown pass and was the team's leading receiver with seven receptions for 156 yards. Wide receiver Caleb Richison caught three passes for 49 yards and Stell had three grabs for 41 yards. Richison also returned four kickoffs for 88 yards, with a long of 46.

On defense, defensive back Tyler Veilleux was all over the field for the Vikings, racking up a team-high 10 tackles. Stell and linebacker Matthew Mounsey were each credited with a half-sack.

The Vikings led 21-15 after the first quarter but Kokomo held a 23-21 lead going into halftime. The Wildkats upped the margin to 29-21 after three quarters.