Varsity football team wins 44-14 vs. Gladwin on Thursday
Caleb Casey | Managing Editor
Grayling High School’s varsity football squad defeated the Flying G’s of Gladwin by 30 points, 44-14, during a nonconference contest played at Viking Stadium on Thursday night. The win improved Grayling’s overall record to 2-0.
The Vikings scored on their first possession of the game, driving 56 yards on eight plays. After a kickoff return by Zack Osga, Grayling started at its 44-yard line. Osga rushed for 11 yards on 1st and 10. Quarterback Justin Nicholas completed a pass to Chris Hunter for a gain of 12 yards. Nicholas rushed for 12 yards on the next play. Later, on 4th and 4, Nicholas ran for a first down, keeping the drive alive. On 1st and goal, Osga rushed for a six-yard TD. The two-point conversion attempt was not successful.
Grayling led 6-0.
The next three possessions – two by Gladwin and one by Grayling – ended with punts.
The Vikings drove from their 35-yard line to Gladwin’s 27-yard line, but the possession ended with a turnover on downs.
On 2nd and 9 for the Flying G’s, Rickey Heavner intercepted a Gladwin pass attempt, giving Grayling the ball 30 yards from the goal line. A pass to Ken Dutton and a run by Osga picked up a first down. On 2nd and 10, Osga scored a 14-yard TD on a shovel pass. Osga ran the ball across the goal line for the two-point conversion.
With 11:53 left in the second quarter, Grayling led 14-0.
Gladwin punted on 4th and 17. Grayling turned the ball over on downs with an incomplete pass on 4th and 9. The Flying G’s punted on 4th and 39.
Grayling started at its 13-yard line. Two passes to Osga gained 17 yards. A penalty nullified a big gain on a deep completion. Passes to Osga and Logan Joseph and a run by Nicholas picked up a first down. Nick Hunter caught a pass for 14 yards. After a penalty against Gladwin for too many men on the field, on 1st and 10, Nicholas threw to N. Hunter for a 20-yard touchdown.
The Vikings led 20-0 with 1:23 left in the first half.
Grayling recovered an on-side kick, giving the Vikings possession of the ball at the 50-yard line.
A pass from Nicholas to N. Hunter gained 23 yards. A run by Nicholas and a shovel pass to Osga picked up a first down. Nicholas threw to Joseph for a 16-yard TD. Nicholas ran the ball across the goal line for the two-point conversion.
With 31 seconds left in the first half, the Vikings led 28-0.
Gladwin ran two plays after the kickoff, ending the half.
At halftime, the score was Grayling 28, Gladwin 0.
The Flying G’s drove 49 yards on four plays, scoring on a 36-yard touchdown pass. The extra point attempt was wide right. Grayling led 28-6.
Osga rushed for 40 yards on 1st and 10. Joseph ran for 22 yards on the next play. Later, on 4th and 11, Grayling went for it and came up short.
Gladwin started at its 27-yard line. On 3rd and 15, a QB sack by Jacob Macfalda and Ty Withers brought up 4th and 22. Joseph blocked the punt attempt and Trenton Gabriel recovered the ball for the Vikings.
After the takeaway, Grayling started 10 yards from the goal line. Osga rushed for seven yards on first down. On second down, Nicholas rushed for a three-yard TD. Nicholas threw to C. Hunter for the two-point conversion.
The Vikings led 36-6.
Gladwin turned the ball over on downs.
Grayling started at its 31-yard line. Osga rushed for 14 yards on first down. Runs by Osga, Joseph, and Nicholas picked up a first down. Rushes by Osga and Nicholas gained enough for another first down. Osga ran for 14 yards. On 2nd and goal, Osga rushed for a two-yard TD. Nicholas ran for the two-point conversion.
With 1:38 left in the third quarter, Grayling had a 44-6 advantage.
On 3rd and 2, the Vikings tipped a Gladwin pass attempt at the line of scrimmage and Justin Youngblood intercepted the ball.
The resulting series ended with a punt.
Gladwin scored on a 28-yard touchdown pass. The Flying G’s completed a pass for the two-point conversion.
Grayling led 44-14 with 6:14 left in the fourth period.
The Vikings killed the final six minutes of regulation, and Grayling won by a final score of 44-14.
The Vikings (2-0 overall, 0-0 league) will play at Kingsley on Friday, Sept. 8, at 7 p.m.