Viking gridders close for 3 quarters but fade in fourth


Huntington North senior running back Charleston Dydasco (center) holds o tight to the fall as he's swarmed by visiting Carroll defenders on Friday, Aug. 30. The Vikings lost 41-6. Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington North High School varsity football team stayed within striking distance of visiting Carroll for three quarters during their game on Friday, Aug. 30, but faded in the fourth quarter, losing 41-6.

Huntington North, 0-2, trailed the Chargers just 17-6 at halftime and 20-6 after three, limiting the visitors to only two field goals after a pair of scoring runs by Carroll standout Drue Tranquill. However, the Carroll offense that scored 55 points the week prior against Goshen finally wore down the Viking defense in the final frame. Tranquill started things off by running for his third touchdown, quarterback Chandler Boggs connected with wide-out Tyler Winkeljohn for a 52-yard score and then Tranquill's younger brother, Justin, scampered into the end zone to take the game to its final tally.

Running back Charleston Dydasco scored the Vikings' only points of the game on a short touchdown run near the end of the first quarter. The senior finished with 16 yards on 17 attempts.

Running back Austin Rosen split rushing duties with Dydasco and gained 32 yards on 14 attempts.

Through the air, Huntington North quarterback Keenan Leichty completed 18 of 42 passes for 196 yards. Wide receiver Scott McClellan had six receptions for 64 yards and Kole Hale had five for 47.

Defensive back Jackson Cain led the Vikings on defense with seven tackles and one and a half tackles for a loss.

In the sacks department, Wyatt Cocklin recorded two and a half, Chandler Updike had two and John Miller had a half sack.