LSJ Logo incertThe Whitehall Vikings football team needed to win their final two games to qualify for the state playoffs.

Whitehall completed its first must-win game successfully, beating Shelby 41-13 on Friday night in a West Michigan Conference game.

The Vikings were down 13-7 late in the first half, but closed the game with 34 unanswered points, to stay alive for a postseason berth.

Whitehall is now 5-3 on its season and finishes with a 4-2 West Michigan Conference record.

The Vikings will travel to Grant to close out their regular season needing a win to get the ultimate sixth victory.

Keenan Aylor closed out the first half scoring on a 98-yard kick return for a touchdown to tie the game at 13-13 going into the half.

Whitehall took the lead on its next play, starting the second half with Keenan Aylor’s second kick return for a score 95-yards out to give the Vikings a lead they would not relinquish.

Keenan Aylor caught five passes for 63 yards and a touchdown for the Vikings along with his two scores on special teams.

Jwan Britton led the Vikings with 209 rushing yards and two touchdowns, while Joe Dowdell added 73 yards and one touchdown.

Vikings’ quarterback Zarren Aylor passed for 135 yards, one touchdown and one interception.