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Vikings prepare for playoff game after falling short against Hilanders

Vale's Matt Arritola grabs for a Burns runner while teammate Clay Siddoway falls to the ground during Friday night's game against the Hilanders. (The Enterprise/Jayme Fraser).

VALE – A harbinger of things to come for the Vale Vikings occurred just minutes into their game against Burns Friday night.

After the Vikings stopped the Hilanders on their first possession, Vale’s Kade Haueter blocked a Burns punt. The block set the Vikings deep in Burns territory.

Two penalties against the Hilanders moved the ball to the Hilander four-yard line.

The stage seemed set for a Vale score, but the Viking offense fizzled, and Burns got the ball back on downs.

The failed scoring opportunity seemed insignificant at the time, but it proved to be a microcosm of the kind of game that quickly . . .