Viking gridders close regular season with loss to New Haven

The Huntington North High School varsity football team closed out the regular season with a 41-20 defeat to host New Haven on Friday, Oct. 13.

The Vikings trailed 7-3 going into the second quarter, which saw the Bulldogs outscore their guests, 20-7, to craft a 27-10 advantage heading into halftime. After kicking a field goal in the third frame, Coach Rick Burnau’s squad scored a touchdown in the fourth while the hosts reached the end zone twice to cap the lopsided affair.

With the loss, Huntington North drops to 0-9, 0-7 in the Northeast 8 Conference.

The Viking offense gained 309 yards. The team was led by junior quarterback Brett Kaylor, who completed 13 of 25 passes for 175 yards and a touchdown. Senior Austin Spahr caught seven of those passes for 98 yards. Junior wide receiver Andrew Smekens made three catches for 73 yards and a touchdown.

Junior running back Logan Hippensteel added 59 yards on the ground, carrying the ball 13 times. Kaylor scored a rushing touchdown.

Sophomore kicker Aidan Hosler made two field goals for the Vikes, a 25-yarder and a 47-yarder.

Huntington North’s defense yielded 432 yards to New Haven, 8-1, 6-1 in conference.

Junior linebacker Brock Eltzroth registered a team-high 5.5 tackles for the Vikings.

Senior defensive lineman Colton Hasty recorded a sack, as did sophomore linebacker Isaac Hill.