The Huntington North High School (HNHS) football team hosted the Columbia City High School (CCHS) Eagles on Friday, Sept. 10, at Kriegbaum Field, ending the evening with a losing 21-49 score against their guests.
The Eagles started out strong, taking the lead with a touchdown with 7 minutes, 23 seconds left in the first quarter. HNHS answered with a touchdown to tie things up 7-7 with 2:59 left in the first quarter.
The score remained 7-7 for just a few more minutes, when CCHS again took the lead with a touchdown with 9:17 left in the second quarter. Again, the Vikings answered just a few minutes later, tying up the score 14-14 with 7:21 left in the second quarter.
It was at the 4:19 mark in the second quarter that CCHS gained more traction and started to run away with the lead. Scoring their third touchdown and earning the extra point, the score sat at 14-21 in favor of the Eagles, and by the time halftime rolled around, they scored yet another touchdown and extra point to bring the score to 14-28.
The Eagles put an even bigger buffer between themselves and the Vikings just before the end of quarter three, when they added another touchdown with 3:13 left. Bringing the score to 35, they still weren’t done, and scored again before the end of quarter three to bring things to 14-42.
HNHS was finally able to cut into the lead as the fourth quarter waned, upping their score to 21 with 8:48 left in the game.
Try as they may, the Vikings couldn’t close the gap. The Eagles earned one more touchdown before the end of the game, bringing them the final 21-49 win.
The Junior Varsity team fared similarly in their Saturday, Sept. 11, game against the Eagles, which took place at CCHS. They were defeated 42-8. Ian Wiley earned the only touchdown for the Vikings, but Kameron Landrum managed a two-point conversion to give HNHS their final score of 8.