Varsity Football · Vikings fall in state semifinals, Millikin breaks school rushing yards record

The historic Grayling Vikings Football season came to an end with a 49-14 loss to Montague High School on Saturday. This season saw the Vikings win their first district title since 2005 and their first regional title in school history enroute to their state semifinals showdown with top ranked Montague.

Grayling would start the game with the ball but could not get anything going and were forced to punt. On the first play of the game for Montague, Grayling forced a fumble and would recover the ball at midfield. The Vikings would march down the field and score on a short rush by David Millikin to take a 7-0 lead in the 1st quarter. Montague would answer back with their own touchdown drive to tie the score at 7-7 with just under a minute left in the first quarter. After trading possessions Montague scored on a short run to take a 14-7 lead and would later punch it in again just before halftime to take a 21-7 lead. The Vikings kicked off to start the half and Montague quickly extended their lead by scoring in just three plays to take a 28-7 lead. On the next Vikings possession, Montague intercepted a pass and took it 60 yards to extend their lead to 35-7. Montague would intercept another pass on the next Viking possession and scored again to take 42-7 lead with just over two minutes left in the third quarter. After another Vikings turnover Montague would score again to take a 49-7 lead early in the 4th quarter. Both teams would trade possessions before the Vikings were able to score late in the fourth quarter on a eight yard run by David Millikin. The final score of the game was 49-14.

The historic season for the Vikings was even more memorable for junior running back David Millikin as he broke another school rushing record during the game. David has been a force for opposing teams to deal with and has rushed for over 100 yards in every game except two and eclipsed the 200 yard mark two times. He also had had atleast three rushing touchdowns in six games of the eleven games this season. The first rushing record that David broke this season came during the second round of the playoffs against Manistee. During that game David scored his 22nd rushing touchdown of the season which broke Joey Bancroft’s record of 21 set back in 2005 (which was also the same year as the last deep playoff run that the Vikings had). The second rushing record that David broke came during Saturday’s state semifinals game against Montague. David entered that game just 32 yards shy of having the most rushing yards during a season and would go on to break that mark early in the game. That record was also held by Joey Bancroft. David finished the season with 31 rushing touchdowns and 1,630 yards rushing yards on 172 total carries. During the season he was also named to the All-State teams by the Associated Press, Detroit Free Press and the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association as well as being named to the dream teams for the Weekly Choice and TC Record Eagle.