JOHNSTOWN — Northridge had two options after scoring a potential game-tying touchdown in the fourth quarter against visiting Centerburg on Friday, and the Vikings went for broke with a 2-point conversion attempt. It failed, and the Trojans rode out a one-point victory, 7-6.

Both teams were well-matched, with stats very close in numerous categories; Centerburg (2-1) ringing up 204 total yards to Northridge’s 174. The Trojans ran 44 times for 152 yards, and the Vikings (0-3) rushed 47 times for 145 yards. Centerburg had better passing (5 of 11, 52 yards) than Northridge (2 of 6, 29 yards), but the Vikings had a two-minute edge in possession time. The teams were nearly even in first downs (13-10 Trojans), penalties (six apiece) and even punting.

No scoring was generated for the entire first half, but Centerburg was inside the red zone approaching the six-minute mark of the second quarter. With the ball at the Northridge 14, Donnell Marshall took the hand-off the distance, and Ellis Grizenko’s extra-point kick made it 7-0.

The Trojans held on to the lead for the next two quarters, and the Vikings made its best push of the night inside five minutes left in the game. Finally, with 4:21 remaining, Cole Fox pushed the Centerburg defense back for a 3-yard rushing TD and a 7-6 score. Going for the victory instead of a tie, Fox got the ball again, only to be stuffed on the play. The Trojans ran down the clock to preserve the victory.

Centerburg used a running-back committee, led by Marshall with 64 yards on 15 carries. Trey Kendrick rushed 16 times for 56 yards, and QB John Sheasby gained 44 yards on 11 carries. Gregory completed 5 of 10 passes for 52 yards, with Marshall and Jarred Rings hauling in two catches each for 24 and 19 yards, respectively.

Dylon Parman topped the Vikings with 66 yards on 16 carries, and Fox ran 11 times for 43 yards. Jake Reese had two catches for 29 yards.

Centerburg begins KMAC play next Friday at 7 p.m. at Northmor.

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