Season ends for Vikings with 42-20 loss to North Side

Huntington North senior running back Austin Rosen (fourth from left) takes a handoff from senior quarterback Keenan Leichty (third from left) and bolts toward an opening in the North Side defense during the Vikings’ sectional contest on Friday, Nov. 1.
Huntington North senior running back Austin Rosen (fourth from left) takes a handoff from senior quarterback Keenan Leichty (third from left) and bolts toward an opening in the North Side defense during the Vikings’ sectional contest on Friday, Nov. 1. Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington North High School football team lost to host North Side, 42-20, on Friday, Nov. 1, ending its season in the first round of sectionals.

The Vikings kept things close with the Redskins for much of the first half, trailing only 14-0. However, with just under six minutes before the half, the Summit Athletic Conference champions got a two-yard rushing touchdown from junior Michael Lovett III to go up 21-0. Then, immediately following an end zone interception of Huntington North quarterback Keenan Leichty, the North Side offense scored in just two plays, with senior Zack McKinstry hauling in a 75-yard pass to set up a five-yard scoring run by Juwan Bolden, putting Coach Fine's squad in a 28-0 hole with under two minutes to halftime.

The Redskins led 35-0 when the Vikings finally got on the board with 5:40 left in the third quarter, on a rushing touchdown by the senior Leichty. Huntington North found the end zone twice more before the end of the contest, but it was too little, too late, and the Vikings, 5-5, fell to an SAC opponent in the opening round of sectionals for the second consecutive year.

North Side, 7-3, will play Snider for the sectional title on Friday, Nov. 8.