Vikings claim HOIC Large Division win

   Offense was not at a premium Friday night at Veterans Park. Host Fieldcrest and Tri-Valley combined for 611 yards of offense. Unfortunately for the Knights, the visitors came away with a 29-20 Heart of Illinois Conference Large Division victory.
    Tri-Valley’s consistency won out as the Vikings scored a touchdown in each quarter. Fieldcrest scored first and added two third-quarter scores.
    The Knights (1-1, 0-1) got on the board first when Keegan Robbins returned a fumble 48 yards for a touchdown. It was the second FHS fumble return for a score this season. Derek May grabbed Tyler McKay’s conversion pass for the two-pointer and an 8-0 lead with 8:21 left in the opening period.
    Tri-Valley came back to tie on a Hunter Gawlik touchdown run. Zach Woodring added the two-point conversion to knot the game at 8-8.
    It stayed that way until Woodring scored again, this time on a 3-yard run for a touchdown with 29 seconds left in the half. Bryce Bedillion booted the conversion for a 15-8 halftime lead.
    The lead grew to 22-8 in the third quarter after Woodring scored again. This time he hauled in a Jake Reeser pass and turned it into a 16-yard score. Bedillion’s kick was good and Vikings were up two scores with 4:13 left in the period.
    Fieldcrest fought back with two Micah Hurd touchdowns in quick order. The hulking back found the end zone on an 18-yard jaunt just 28 seconds after the Tri-Valley tally.
    Hurd charged in from three yards with 1:32 remaining in the third quarter to make it a 22-20 contest.
    Woodring scored his third touchdown of the night with 7:59 left in the game to close out the Vikings’ victory.
    McKay was 11 of 24 throwing for 193 yards and added 16 yards on the ground. Hurd led the run game with 43 yards on just six trips.
    Woodring had 163 yards for Tri-Valley (1-1, 1-0) and Gawlik added 91 yards.