The Whitehall football team fell victim to the offensive fireworks of Kelloggsville’s Thomas Griggs on Friday.
Griggs ran for two touchdowns, including a game-winning 80-yard romp in the fourth quarter, giving Kelloggsville a 26-23 victory over the Vikings in the season opener for both teams.
The game was a roller-coaster affair after a scoreless first quarter.
Kelloggsville jumped out to a 13-0 lead in the second quarter with a pair of touchdowns, including a 19-yard scoring run by Griggs.
Whitehall fought back with two second-quarter touchdowns – a two-yard run by Tylor Russell and a 37-yard scoring pass from quarterback Justin Brown to Terrell Harris – to tie things up at 13-13.
Colin Mahan kicked a 36-yard field goal for Whitehall with one second left in the second quarter, and the Vikings led 16-13 at halftime.
Kelloggsville pulled ahead 19-16 on an eight-yard TD pass from quarterback Alex Guzman to Griggs in the third quarter.
Whitehall took the lead back in the fourth quarter when Brown connected with Harris on a 28-yard touchdown pass.
But Griggs ended things in Kelloggsville’s favor by ripping off his 80-yard touchdown run with 9:57 left in the game.
Griggs finished with 214 yards rushing on 16 carries.
Brown completed 7 of 11 passes for 99 yards and two touchdowns, and ran for 50 yards, in his first start at quarterback for Whitehall. Russell rushed for 63 yards on 12 carries.
Harris caught four passes for 72 yards, including two touchdowns, and led the Viking defense with nine tackles.