January 30, 2023

Dawson County Journal

Dawson County, Nebraska

Northwest downs Lexington

GRAND ISLAND – The Northwest Vikings used a balanced offensive attack and big plays to route Lexington Friday night, 52-10.

Lexington played well in the first quarter, including snatching two interceptions from Northwest and only trailed 7-0 after one quarter. However, the floodgates would open for Northwest as they would outscore the Minutemen 45-10 over the final three quarters.

Northwest grabbed the early lead on a first play 45 yard touchdown run from Tyler Douglass. Despite throwing two picks, quarterback Austin Payne would toss two touchdowns in the second quarter, both to Alex Korte. Northwest also found the endzone after Tegan Lemkau returned a kickoff for 95 yards. Peyton Atwood also knocked in a 29 yard field goal for the Vikings. The only 10 points for Lexington came from a 90 yard kickoff return from Jacksen Konrad for the only Minutemen touchdown. Zeke Lucas would also convert on a 34 yard field goal. Lexington trailed 31-10.

The Vikings would score on all three possessions in the third quarter. Douglass scampered in for a six yard score, Payne found Joseph Stein for a six yard touchdown pass and Lincoln Flagle ran in for an 11 yard touchdown. Lexington’s Daven Naylor would throw a pick in the third quarter. In the fourth backup Viking quarterback, Camden Jensen threw an interception to Arturo Lopez.

Northwest accounted for 531 yards of total offense. Payne 17-25 through the air for three touchdowns and two interceptions. Douglass ran for 105 yards and two scores. Flagle ran for 104 yards and one touchdown. Korte led the Vikings with nine catches for 114 yards and two touchdowns. Lexington’s offense struggled to move the ball as they finished with 78 yards of total offense. Naylor was 10-19 for 52 yards and one interception. Cesar Cano ran for 35 yards and Lucas led the team with five catches for 30 yards. Jase Carpenter grabbed the two first quarter interceptions.

Lexington fell to 1-7 and will host Scottsbluff to end the regular season. Northwest improved to 4-4 and will travel to York to end the year.

Listen to the game below.