Vikings claw back, beat Saints in nail-biter

Vikings football brought home a victory after battling it out with the Fighting Saints in a sit-on-the-edge-of-your-seat game last Friday.
Down 14-0 at the start of the second quarter, North Branch came to life when quarterback Zack Sundly scored two touchdowns to knot the game at 14. Unfazed, St. Francis reclaimed the lead until Sundly again crossed the goal line to make it 21-21 at the half.
In the third quarter, the Saints were the first to score, but answering again was Sundly who carried the ball in the end zone to tie the game at 27. The visitors went on to score once more in the third and again in the fourth quarter to take a 41-27 lead.
Yet it was the home team’s resiliency and never give up attitude that made all the difference in what happened next. In the remaining minutes. sophomore Jack Tholen scored on two touchdowns to cut the Saints’ lead to one (41-40), and Sundly made the two-point conversion to give North Branch the 42-41 victory and first win of the season.
With a record of 1-2 in conference and overall play, the Vikings will host the Simley Spartans at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21.

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