JV football Vikings kick off their season

The Sno-Valley Junior Varsity Vikings opened their 1999 football

season by playing host to the Woodinville Falcons last Saturday.

The game was dominated early by the defensive units of both teams,

resulting in a 2-0 halftime score, in favor of the Falcons. The Vikings

were eventually able to wear down the visitors and prevailed with a 12-2 victory.

The Viking defense whitewashed the Woodinville offense despite

the fact that the ball was in Viking territory most of the first half. The

defensive effort was lead by the outstanding play of LB James McKiernan

(recovered fumble and three tackles for loss), CB Jason Rothgeb

(interception) and LB Adam Rothgeb (three tipped passes and a dozen tackles). The

entire defensive unit was solid, allowing no first downs after the initial

Falcon drive.

By contrast, the Viking offense had difficulty getting untracked in the

first half. They failed to get a first down in the first half and gave up a safety

for the only Falcon points. After a halftime talk by the coaching staff,

the Vikings kicked off, stopped the Falcons and forced a punt. The

punt bounded by the Viking return men and rolled to the Viking 9 yard line,

where the Vikings' offense took over.

Two runs for loss brought up a third and 15 from the four. Coach

Ken Hudson decided to risk another safety and called for a QB keeper around

the left end. Key blocks by TE Jesse Salopek, OG Kyle Green and OT

Gregory Linn opened a gaping hole for QB Chet Schroeter. Once

Schroeter got past the line of scrimmage, it was a race for the end zone - a 95 yard

race that the swift Schroeter won handily! A failed PAT attempt left the score

6-2, and the Vikings never looked back.

Another strong stand by the defense gave the Vikings the ball on

their own 30 yard line. The Vikings took the game by the throat and drove

70 yards in nine plays for the clinching score.

The drive was highlighted by a 50 yard reverse executed by WR

Anthony Vasquez and culminated in a one-yard TD run by Schroeter. The Vikings

devoured seven minutes off the clock, leaving the Falcons out of time

and out of luck.

Coach Ken Hudson cited the offensive line for "Never giving up

and keeping their heads high" and the defense for "coming to play."

Improved blocking in the second half allowed the Vikings to gain control and

dominance in this opening game.

The Vikings battle a highly-touted Inglemoor team at Issaquah

High School on Saturday, looking to avenge their 1998 season-ending loss.

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