Stanton/Essex overcame a two-touchdown halftime deficit to beat Sidney 42-28, Friday, Oct. 11.
Sidney held a 28-14 lead at halftime, and the Cowboys were still in front 28-26 after three quarters. Stanton/Essex scored a touchdown just past the halfway mark of the fourth quarter to take the lead and added another score late for the final margin.
Keygan Day had another strong game for the Vikings, completing 9 of 19 passes for 158 yards and three touchdowns. He added 131 yards and another score on the ground.
Day’s nine completions went to five different receivers with nobody having more than two catches. Caden Henderson caught two passes for 62 yards and a score. Carter Johnson and Colby Royal also had a touchdown reception each.
Colton Thornburg added 85 yards rushing and two touchdowns for the Vikings, who improved to 3-4 overall and 2-2 in Class 8-Man District 7.
Logan Roberts had another exceptional performance on defense with 14 total tackles. Day added nine.
Tyler Hensley led Sidney’s rushing attack with 97 yards on 23 carries. Leighton Whipple added 43 yards and a touchdown. He also caught Matthew Benedict’s only passing touchdown. Benedict and Thomas Wilson added rushing touchdowns for the Cowboys, who fell to 2-5 overall and 1-3 in the district.
Brydon Huntley led the Cowboy defense with 8.5 total tackles.
Sidney returns home to play its final game of the season, Friday, Oct. 18 against district leader Fremont-Mills.
Stanton/Essex will play a non-district game against Griswold, Friday, Oct. 18 in Essex.