Keygan Day, Stanton/Essex

Stanton/Essex senior quarterback Keygan Day tries for more yardage as Bedford senior Cooper Nally looks to hang on for the tackle during a Bedford win, Friday, Sept. 13.

Stanton/Essex quarterback Keygan Day passed for 10 touchdowns and rushed for another in an 82-54 win over Griswold, Friday, Oct. 4.

Day’s 10 passing touchdowns ties him for second in a single game in Class 8-Man state history. Rockford’s Ryan Turner also threw 10 in 2013. Braydon Aker of Baxter threw 12 touchdown passes in a 2017 game for the record.

Day’s 10 touchdown passes came on 20 completions for 416 yards. Six Viking receivers caught a pass and all six had at least one touchdown. Colton Thornburg finished with seven receptions for 189 yards and three scores. Caden Henderson caught five passes for 38 yards and two touchdowns. Easton Hultman also had two touchdown catches for the Vikings. Jack Roberts, Logan Roberts and Colby Royal all had an additional two catches and one score.

Day added an 11th touchdown on the ground. His rushing touchdown went for 48 of his 133 rushing yards he finished with on only 11 carries.

Logan Roberts had a huge day on the defensive side of the ball for the Vikings with 21.5 total tackles and three tackles for loss. Tucker Hadden added 10.5 tackles and another three for loss.

The win ended a four-game losing streak for the Vikings and improved their record to 2-4 overall and 1-2 in Class 8-Man District 7. Next up is a home date with Sidney, Friday, Oct. 11. The Cowboys have the same overall and district records.

Griswold fell to 0-7 and 0-4 in the district. The Tigers don’t play again until a rematch with Stanton/Essex, Friday, Oct. 18 in a game that will be played in Essex and won’t count in the district standings.

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