The Northern Vikings lost to W. F. Herman Green Griffins from Windsor in SWOSSAA AAA/AAAA Senior boys football finals by a score of 25 – 20.
The Vikings took an early lead scoring a field goal then adding a touchdown in the first quarter. The Griffins regrouped in the second quarter and scored two touchdowns. The Griffins missed a two point attempt and a convert but they led 12 – 10 at the half.
"We knew that they were a team that could explode at any point and they did". said Northern head coach Craig Davis. "We felt that if we could be at 12 - 10 at the half we knew we were in the game."
In the second half the Griffins widened their lead and went up 19 – 10. Northern kicked it in for a field goal and in the final quarter to up their score to 13. The Giffins added a final touchdown to widen their lead to 25 - 13.
"We played terrible at the start." said Griffins head coach Harry Lumley "We looked really nervous and we gave them everything in the first quarter. We kept making mistake after mistake then we found a weakness and started to go deep"
Northern continue to fight back and with 1:04 remaining in the game they drove down the line for a touchdown to cut the lead to 5.
An attempted onside kick was short, however Northern got the ball back on their 14 yard line with :41 seconds remaining in the game but time ran out ending the game with W.F. Herman taking the win.
"We played well and we should be happy with our performance and keep our heads up." said Davies "I'm very happy with our kids they showed a lot of character being down by 2 touchdowns and potentially having a chance with a few minutes coming back. I'm very proud of my kids."
Herman will now play the winner of the WOSSAA final Tuesday between St. Thomas Aquinas of London and St. Joseph’s of St. Thomas.