The Grayling Varsity Football team beat Boyne City 28-20 on Saturday to win the programs first district title since 2005. With everything going on with COVID-19 and the fact that the Vikings started out 1-3 after their first four games of the season, many people dismissed the team this season but after a week 5 victory over Ogemaw Heights the team has not looked back winning five games in a row.
During Saturday’s game with Boyne City the Vikings looked like their great run might come to an end as turnovers were a big issue for the Vikings in the first half as they turned it over four times. Even with all the turnovers the Vikings defense was able to hold their ground and allowed the Ramblers to score just 14 as they took a 14-7 lead into halftime. The real turning point in the game came during the third quarter as the Vikings jumped out quickly scoring two touchdowns to take a 21-14 lead going into the 4th quarter. The Viking defense held strong during the second half as well causing multiple turnovers but the biggest blow came late in the 4th quarter when Boyne City muffed a fair catch giving the ball back to the Vikings with great field position. The Vikings would score on that drive going up 28-14 before holding onto win the game 28-20.
The team now moves onto face Negaunee for a chance to win their first regional championship in school history.