By David Pan Enterprise sports editor
The Snohomish County Vikings ran out of time against the South King County Colts.
The result was a tough 20-15 loss in a Northwest Football League game June 26 at Sunset Chev Stadium in Sumner.
The Vikings led 9-0 at halftime but then saw the Colts score three straight touchdowns in the second half to take a 20-9 advantage.
Quarterback Hal Bisnett connected on a four-yard touchdown pass with 3:43 left in the fourth quarter to cut the lead to 20-15. The South King County offense then was able to run out the clock and secure the win.
“We made some errors penalty-wise that gave them some life in the second half,” said Snohomish County coach Wes Fischer. “It was frustrating. But our guys kept their focus and played hard.”
The Vikings defense suffered key injuries in the secondary that enabled South King County the opportunity to mount a comeback in the second half, Fischer added.
Snohomish County’s Nick Terrel kicked a 35-yard field goal at the 7:56 mark of the second quarter. Bisnett then found Patrick Sullivan on a 15-yard scoring strike with 2:08 left in the first half as Snohomish County took a 9-0 lead into halftime.
The Vikings’ lone scoring drive in the second half was set up by Jimi McCollum’s interception.
“Our defensive guys played their hearts out,” Fischer said. “That team did not run on us. They were able to pass when our defensive backs went down.”
Edmonds-Woodway graduate Tony Heard also picked off a pass.
Bisnett and the Snohomish County offense had some struggles against the South King County defense.
“Early on our offensive line was having a heck of time stopping their defensive ends,” Fischer said. “Hal’s fast. He managed to elude them. … Our ground game was slightly above average. Usually we get more production. They were pretty tough against the run. They had some big boys on the line.”
South King County finished with 351 yards through the air and 430 yards of total offense. Snohomish County threw for 144 yards and had 229 total yards. Vikings running back Marquise Moses rushed for 68 yards on 18 carries. He also caught five passes for 35 yards.
Snohomish County hosts the other team based out of Snohomish County, the Snohomish County Thunder (3-3) at 6 p.m., July 10 at Juanita High School. The Thunder are coached by Mike Haggett, a former Vikings player and assistant coach under Fischer.
“They run a pretty conventional offense,” Fischer said. “They mix it up with the run and throw.”