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Vikings hold back Nyssa 27-21

Nyssa’s Caleb Benson (No. 20) runs for daylight as Vale’s Jason Ponce (No. 25) goes in for the tackle. Benson racked up 211 yards and scored three touchdowns against the Vikings last Friday. (Angie Aldred/For the Enterprise)

VALE – Friday night’s football game between Nyssa and Vale was a contest of discoveries.

The Vikings discovered there would be no hangover from a grueling, non-league schedule that included a 65-12 drubbing by Homedale last week.

They unearthed a reservoir of Viking pride and determination and used it to post a 27-21 Eastern Oregon League win on a clear but bitterly cold night.

The game was instructive for the Bulldogs, too. Nyssa learned its youth was more of an advantage than a handicap and running back Caleb Benson came into his own, piling . . .