Banyard finishes preseason with impressive effort

Former Sweetwater High School athlete Joe Banyard had a strong performance in his preseason finale for the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday night against the Tennessee Titans as the Vikings won 24-23.Banyard ended the night with a team-high seven re-ceptions for 54 yards, inclu-ding an 11-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter which was his second score of the preseason. In addi-tion, the Vikings’ running back led the team in rushing as he carried the ball 13 times for 62 yards.Banyard is trying to make the team’s 53-player roster to be announced Saturday.