Shoemaker's 267 yards help Vikings come from behind against Eagles, 26-14

HNHS senior Austin Drummond just gets into the end zone ahead of the tackle to complete a 35-yard pass play from Kevin Fisher against host Columbia City on Friday, Aug. 28.
HNHS senior Austin Drummond just gets into the end zone ahead of the tackle to complete a 35-yard pass play from Kevin Fisher against host Columbia City on Friday, Aug. 28. Photo by Matt Murphy.

Running back Austin Shoemaker rushed for 267 yards to help the Huntington North High School Viking varsity football team come from behind to defeat host Columbia City 26-14 on Friday, Aug. 28.

At halftime, the Vikes, now 1-1, were down 14-7, the only Viking touchdown having been from a 35-yard pass by Kevin Fisher to wide receiver Austin Drummond with 2:05 left in the half, with Mitch Vezeau having the extra point.

In the second half, the Huntington North defense prevented any scoring by Columbia City, allowing the offense to steal the lead.

Shoemaker scored the only points in the third quarter with a 70-yard burst completing a four-play, 90-yard drive with 4:36 to go in the quarter. The extra point attempt failed.

Huntington North came out strong in the fourth, wrapping up a 13-play drive with a 7-yard touchdown by running back David George at 11:55. A two-point conversion attempt failed.
Matt Kramer finished the scoring for the game with a 56-yard touchdown runback of an interception with 10:31 left.

Columbia City's first touchdown was a fumble return with 2:38 left in the first quarter.

The second Eagles touchdown occurred after a four-play, 38-yard drive with 6:28 left in the first half.

Friday's game brought Shoemaker's total yardage to 464 for the season so far. His yardage for the game, on 31 carries, led HNHS to a 310-58 yard ground advantage for the night.

Vezeau completed seven of his 15 attempted passes for 112 yards, and Fisher completed three of his six attempted passes for another 62 yards and the touchdown toss.

The Vikings outgained the Eagles for the game, 484-340.

On defense Nick Miller recovered a fumble and led the Vikings with eight tackles. Kramer added six tackles to go along with his interception.

Dillon Kinsey and Ethan Daggett also had interceptions for HNHS, which gave up 282 yards thorugh the air but made the plays when it needed them..

Huntington North plays Richmond at home on Sept. 4 at 7 p.m.