The Vikings had a short trip to make for their opening game of the season, traveling to Mora. There, they met a mirror-image of themselves as both teams preferred to run the ball out of variations of the traditional “T” formation.
In a close battle that matched the teams’ similarity, the Mustangs handed the Vikings a tough 22-14 loss. The Vikings got on the board first, taking their opening drive down the field for a touchdown, ironically on a pass play. The two-point conversion made it 8-0 in favor of the visitors.
Mora would answer with a pair of touchdown drives of their own, with the Mustangs converting on one of their two 2-point conversions to make the score 14-8 after the opening possession of the second half.
North Branch would come back to tie the game at 14, but Mora gained the lead for the final time early in the fourth quarter at 22-14. A last-minute desperation drive came up short as the Vikings were intercepted on a fourth-down pass to seal the deal.
North Branch was slightly less busy thanks to the holiday weekend, but still managed a pair of matches, falling in both of them.
First up was Pine City, who quickly dispatched the Vikings 6-1. Miaya Volkman was the only Viking to earn a win in the matches.
The following day, North Branch fell to Blaine 5-2, despite several close matches that could have gone either way. Volkman again picked up North Branch’s singles win, with the first doubles team of Sophie Smith and Hollie Ohnsorg coming up with the other win.
The Vikings came close to picking up their first win of the season, tying Legacy Christian 1-1 on Tuesday, Aug. 27. Wyatt Peek picked up the lone North Branch goal in the second half.
Two days later, the Vikings were shut out by a good Brooklyn Center team by a score of 3-0.
The Vikings got off to a slow start against the Thunderhawks, giving up a pair of goals early in the game. Grand Rapids would score once more before a late-game rally yielded two goals in under a minute for the Vikings. But despite considerable pressure and multiple shots, North Branch just couldn’t quite pick up the tying goal.