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By Jake Hull
Whitman County Gazette 

Vikings plunder late-game victory from Eagles


September 7, 2023

Jake Hull | The Gazette

Matthew DeFord, of St. John, attempts to rush past Garfield-Palouse Viking defense during their Thursday, Aug. 31 game.

ST. JOHN - The football season started one day early for the St. John-Endicott (SJEL) Eagles this year.

They opened their season Thursday, Aug. 31 against the Garfield-Palouse (GAR-PAL) Vikings.

Last year, the two teams met twice, with SJEL winning both of them. The first game was a 55-0 blowout by SJEL, and the second was much closer, but SJEL pulled out the 54-48 victory.

Thursday, Aug. 31 saw SJEL lead from start to near finish, the only time the Vikings had the lead was with seven minutes left in the fourth quarter.

The Eagles started the game with the ball, running it every time on...

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