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Vikings shut out Bomber football 36-0

In a rematch of last year's section championship game, the Cook County Vikings throttled the Barnum Bombers 36-0 in football Friday night in Grand Marais.

In a rematch of last year's section championship game, the Cook County Vikings throttled the Barnum Bombers 36-0 in football Friday night in Grand Marais.

"I was surprised at the outcome," said Barnum coach Kevin Haley. "I thought we would play better than we did. We played poorly on both sides of the ball. Cook County was a great team, very disciplined, fast off the ball and they made fewer mistakes than we did."

Vikings quarterback Miles Drake got Cook County on the board in the first quarter when he scrambled in from the 11-yard line, but the extra point attempt failed, leaving it 6-0 after one quarter.

The downfall of the Bombers came in the second and third quarters when they gave up two touchdowns in each. In the second quarter, it was Cody Everson and James Groth scoring for Cook County. Everson scored on an 8-yard run and Groth grabbed a 37-yard touchdown pass from Drake. In the third quarter, Everson plunging in from the two and again from the 8-yard line. In all, Everson scored three touchdowns and ran for 145 yards against the Bombers on 21 carries.

"We did move the ball on occasion against them and we finished with 200 yards on offense, but we couldn't put any sustained drives together," remarked Haley. "We did learn a lot from this game. We need to work harder in practice and I think the character [of our players] will stand out as we progress through the season."

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