Wildkats ground tandem too much for Viking gridmen

The running back tandem of Casey Shipley and Dylan Green proved too much for the Huntington North High School football team as it was beaten by host Kokomo 40-16 on Friday, Sept. 25.

The senior duo accounted for 310 yards and four touchdowns rushing as the unbeaten Wildkats dropped the Vikings to 3-3 on the season.

Viking quarterback Mitch Vezeau and wide receiver Austin Drummond hooked up for a pair of touchdowns, but the Viking defense was no match for the Kokomo ground attack, which shredded HNHS for 395 yards and six rushing touchdowns on the evening.

Shipley scampered for 165 yards on only seven carries, including scoring runs of 67 and 63 yards, and Green added 145 yards on only 12 carries, including two 40-yard scoring runs.

Green got both of his scores in the first seven minutes of play, and Shipley got his 67-yard scoring run later in the period as the 6-0 Wildkats stormed out to a 20-0 first quarter lead. Shipley's second big score, with 8:32 left in the half, had Kokomo up 28-0 before the Vikings got on the scoreboard with a 20-yard touchdown pass from Vezeau to Drummond.

The Wildkcats got a 13-yard scoring run from Braxton Shelton with just under three minutes to go in the half, and the Viking defense came up with a safety to bring the score to 34-9 at the half.

Vezeau and Drummond teamed up for a 3-yard scoring pass in the fourth quarter.

While the Kokomo offense was running roughshod over the Viking defense, its own defense was stifling the Vikings' offense. The Wildcats limited Viking star Austin Shoemaker to just 63 yards on 16 carries, and held Huntington to 120 ground yards for the game. The Wildkats also sacked Vezeau five times.

Sophomore Cody Frazier led the Vikings on the ground with 73 yards on 13 carries.

Through the air, Vezeau completed 9 of 20 pass attempts for 116 yards and the two touchdowns, and one interception.

Linebacker Nick Miller was the lead Viking on defense with 10 tackles, including three for losses. Defensive end Austin Clark had six tackles.

The Vikings travel to Anderson next Friday night, Oct. 2.