On a rainy, cold homecoming night, the Cadillac Vikings defied the odds and pulled off one of the more memorable wins in recent school history.
Trailing 25-7 at halftime to Ogemaw Heights, who had moved in position to score again, the Vikings turned it on and roared back and came away with a 45-38 win in double overtime. The win was keyed by strong play up front by juniors Riley Norman and Jack Ford, who both go two ways and dominated the trenches in the second half.
"If you had a basketball team, you might call them twin towers," head coach Jim Webb said. "We have a couple houses on each end and any time you can line up two guys like Riley and Jack, it makes the other team think a little bit."
Norman, a 6'7, 320-lber who has already been offered a scholarship by Michigan State, has kept the mailman busy at Cadillac, as he receives letters from across the country. Ford, at 6'6, 265-lbs, has collegiate level size as well and also has heard from a number of schools.
Ford made key plays late in the game, including a fumble recovery when Ogemaw Heights was moving in for a score, and a big tackle in the backfield in overtime.
The win was improbable even midway through the third, but Ford's fumble recovery was the catalyst and Webb says it was exactly the type of second half his team had discussed at halftime.
"They came back with a lot of fight and pride and that's what we talked about at halftime. We came out the first half and we were flat and now we had to come out and play with a lot of emotion and get after them. We agreed that we can make this a great homecoming win still and man am I proud."
Stay tuned for photos and video from the game, as well as interviews with Norman and Ford.