Herlong Vikings edged by Greenville Tigers in fiercely competitive game
Tonka Phoenix carries the ball into the end zone and scores a touchdown for the Herlong Vikings. Despite losing their home game against Greenville, 40-36, on Saturday, Sept. 28, the Vikings were on top of their game. Photo by Maddie Musante
Oct. 4 — The Herlong Vikings showed their competitive edge during their home game against Greenville on Saturday, Sept. 28. Despite losing the game, 40-36, the Vikings made the Tigers work hard for their win. According to Herlong High School head football coach Grover White, it was one of the best games the Herlong football team has played in years.
Herlong quarterback Ron Evans went 13-26 passing for 338 yards, while also racking up 141 rushing yards on 13 carries. Cody Jacobs went 32 yards on three carries. Tonka Phoenix caught seven passes and got 138 yards. Anthony Demague went 145 yards on four received passes and also led Herlong’s defense with 16 tackles. Jacobs was right behind him with 12 tackles and Matt Idzinski got 10. Tommy Cannon got two sacks, giving Greenville 19 lost yards. Evans had one sack for nine yards lost. Pheonix and Jacobs each got an interception for the Vikings.
“I felt real good about it because Greenville, they were a real hard hitting team and I think they were a bit surprised about how we came out … my kids stepped up to the plate,” White said.
According the White, there were no new strategies or secret weapons in the playbook responsible the Vikings’ impressive performance. The players just made up their minds to come together and play their best game.
“The kids, they just did everything together. Everything that we’ve been trying to do up to this point is to get them to play together as a team, and Saturday they accomplished that,” he said.
The Herlong football team went on to face Loyalton High School for its homecoming Saturday, Oct. 5