Peters had another big run in the fourth, and was again stopped just shy of the goal line – this time after a 26-yard run. Franson punched it in two plays later for a 30-16 lead.
The G-K defense held on the next possession, and with 4:41 took over the ball. But a fumble on the second play – the fifth of the game for the Cogs but the first one they lost – gave the Vikings possession. With 2:29 left, Morris hit Hoffman for a 23-yard pass to cut the lead to 30-23.
G-K ran the clock down to about 45 seconds, an the Vikings got as close as their own 47 but no closer as time expired.
"You try to get them in third-and-long, but as you saw tonight they are a real explosive offense and can score in a hurry," Wilmarth said. "Our game plan was keep the ball out of Morris' hands and just try to eat the clock up. ... It was an excellent game all around."
And while Wilmarth said it wasn't great seeing the early score, it was great seeing the Cogs respond.
"That was a little bit of a hard one to take," Wilmarth said. "We've been working on that stuff all week, and to see that first play, it was kind of flashbacks to, 'Oh man, how is this going to go?' kind of a deal. But the kids responded well; they didn't back down. They did a great job.
"We've talked about it before, we've got to move on, next play, new half, new down" he said. "They bought into that, and it's been great."