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Charlo Vikings Look to Power Through Class B Semi's

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While the focus may be on the Cats and Griz this weekend, there's also quite a bit of high school football.  One game, with the Charlo Vikings, who in the state semis for class C-8 man, have already surpassed one of their major goals this season.

"The last four years, we've been knocked out in the quarters, so that was our first goal of the season  was to make it out of the quarters, and make it to the semi-final round and see what happens," says Charlo head coach Mike Krahn.

If the Vikings are going to move on to the state title game, they have to make sure their offense is running smoothly, which may come down to their speed.

"We run a spread offense, so we come in fly motion or whatever, and beat them to the corner, and out-run them when it comes to trying to get the touchdowns," says senior LB/RB Jacen Petersen.

"I always tell people there's a lot of green grass.  There's only sixteen guys out there, and a lot of place to run, so our strength is our speed.  Our boys have won state track three years in a row for boys," says Krahn.

And the team they face?  A very strong Ennis team.

"We know they're good, they can pass.  They can run.  They aren't one of those teams that can only do one, they do both," says Petersen.

But going up against a team that appears to be bigger and stronger isn't anything new for the Vikings, who saw a big team just a week ago in the quarterfinals.

"Against Culbertson, the big thing was speed versus size, and I think our speed did pretty well.  Our linemen having speed helped us get past their big guys," says senior LB/RB Tyler Delaney

The Vikings are familiar with Ennis, having lost to them last year in the state playoffs, but this time, they play at home, something that in Class C is always a bonus.

"It's a community event, if you went downtown It'd look like a ghost town.  We don't have a lot of bleachers, but they line the fences, they are loud, and it's a great atmosphere," says Krahn.

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