The Vikings christened their newly improved stadium in grand style, shutting out Hibbing 47-0 in a game that was also the culmination of North Branch’s homecoming week.
The Vikings dominated from the very first minute of the game, scoring on every single first-half drive while opening up a 32-0 halftime lead. Their dominance continued in the second half, as the Vikings scored on their first drive of the third quarter and sealed the deal with one last touchdown during run-time in the fourth quarter.
Individually, Conner Hartmann had two touchdown runs in the game, and Thomas Wurdemann had a 40-yard touchdown catch and a 52-yard touchdown run. Quarterback Koby Chouinard also ran for a touchdown.
Defensively, the Vikings also dominated Hibbing, only allowing one serious scoring threat, which came on the last series of the game as Hibbing desperately tried to break up the shutout.
The Viking girls team had the honor of hosting the very first game played on the new artificial turf field, hosting Cambridge-Isanti. And the Vikings gave the large crowd quite a show, netting the game-winning goal with just five seconds left on a long pass from Paige Bauer to Chloe Kopp. The other goal in the 2-1 win was scored by Sylvia Linkert on a corner kick that found the back of the net.
The only other action for the girls was on Saturday, Sept. 29, when the Vikings traveled to Two Harbors, losing to the Agates 5-3.
The boys team also went 1-1 on the week. The boys also topped the Bluejackets, winning 4-2 at Cambridge-Isanti. They also fell on Saturday, but to Duluth Denfeld by a score of 4-0.
The Vikings played in one conference match last week, beating Chisago Lakes 3-1. The team also traveled to Rochester Century for their tournament, coming home with the second-place trophy.
North Branch cruised through the first three games of the tournament, beating Tartan, Mankato East and Hayfield 2-0, but fell to the host school 2-1 in the finals.
Boys and Girls cross country
The Vikings had some solid finishes in the Chisago Lakes Invite on Tuesday, Sept. 25. The boys team finished in second place, while the girls came in third.
Individually, Matthew Stuber came in second place, with Joseph Nihart coming in fourth and Aiden Bear winding up in ninth to lead the boys.
For the girls, it was Cora Hudella coming in third to pace the Vikings.
The Vikings finished up their regular season with a pair of 6-1 losses to Princeton and Rogers. In both matches, it was Rachel Wurdemann and Chloe Moline who picked up the lone win for the Vikings. The two have gone undefeated since being paired together seven matches ago.
The Vikings were given the #13 seed for the Section 7AA tournament and faced the #4 Grand Rapids/Greenway on Tuesday, Oct. 2.