The Sno-Valley JV Vikings (2-2) were treated rudely Saturday by
their hosts, the Eastlake Wolves, suffering a 34-6 loss.
For the first time this season, the Viking defense did not gain control
of the opponent’s offense. Although the Viking offense appears to be
improving, they could not overcome critical penalties that nullified a
touchdown and a big kickoff return.
Eastlake’s initial drive was stopped at the Viking 20. The only Viking
offensive play of the first quarter ended in an interception, putting the
defense back on the field. Eventually, the Wolves managed to bull into the
end zone to open the scoring. A successful point after the touchdown
pass gave the Wolves a 7-0 lead as the first stanza came to a close.
The Vikings took the ball to open the second quarter. A loss on the
first play nullified three successful running plays and left the Vikings one
yard short of a first down. However, the Vikings did gain 11 yards behind
the blocking of center Kyle Meyers, offensive guard Gregory Linn and
offensive tackle Josh Hake.
Eastlake took over the ball and three plays later had a 14-0 lead.
The Vikings defense proved to be very vulnerable to outside running
plays. Eastlake also used a diverse set of pitches and misdirection that kept
the Vikings off balance all day.
On the subsequent kickoff, Eastlake tried to keep the pressure
on by attempting an on-side kick. Zach Sumner snagged the ball out of the
pile and rambled to the Eastlake 15. Unfortunately, the play was called
back by a clipping penalty, and a fumble on the subsequent first down gave
the ball back to Eastlake. A touchdown-saving tackle by Cody Hudson
slowed the Eastlake attack, but eventually the Wolves scored again, putting the
Vikings in a 20-0 hole.
The Vikings and Eastlake traded fumbles to open the second half,
with linebacker James McKiernan recovering for the Vikings. The Vikes
finally appeared to get on the board with a 50-yard ramble by halfback
Adam Rothgeb, but a penalty again nullified a Viking threat.
A well-covered punt put Eastlake deep in its own territory. The
Vikings defense stopped the Wolves, thanks in part to a tackle for loss by
defensive end Tylor Littlejohn.
The Vikes then took over and drove the ball down the field
behind the running of fullback Joe Cruz and Rothgeb. A 36-yard burst by
Rothgeb – thanks in part to a down-field block by WR Anthony Vasquez – put the
Vikings on the board, albeit trailing 20-6. Two more late scores by
Eastlake gave the final score of 34-6.
The Vikings travel to Newport High School Saturday afternoon
to take on the Bellevue Knights (3-1) in an important test.