WILLIAMS - It's nice to be on top and that's exactly where the Williams High School Vikings sit after their 61-0 win against Many Farms. The only problem, they face their toughest challenge of the season against St. Johns Friday after a stretch of games with little or no competition.
Head Coach Jeff Brownlee said his concern is whether his players are ready to play four quarters of a physical ball game.
"These last few games have been kind of hard because our varsity kids are so geared up wanting to play and they are having to play a half a quarter or a quarter," he said. "It does not do us well. It hurts when you play these weaker teams."
Brownlee went on to say his players are feeling confident but not cocky.
"They know what they have to do Friday night," he said. "They are ready for the challenge."
In a first quarter that looked a lot like the first quarter of the Rough Rock game a week prior, the Vikes scored 49 points.
Alex Soria scored first on a 38-yard run followed by a two-point conversion pass from Doug Forbis to Jamal Drake. Chase MacArthur scored on a 27-yard pass interception return again followed by a two-point conversion pass from Forbis, this time to Kohl Nixon making the score 16-0.
Drake scored next on a 55-yard punt return with an extra point from Darius Brown. After forcing a Many Farms fumble, Dallas Grantham reached the end zone on a seven-yard run. After a failed extra point the score was 36-0.
With five minutes remaining in the first quarter, the Vikings JV team took the field.
Jorge Davalos scored on a 39-yard run and Jeff Brownlee followed with two-yard touchdown run. Both extra point attempts failed.
In the second quarter Davalos again found himself in the end zone after a 25-yard run. After a failed two-point conversion attempt on the ground the score hit 55-0. Solano put the last Viking points on the board in the fourth quarter with a 63-yard run making the final score 61-0.
Brownlee said Drake continues to make big plays, even with limited varsity playing time.
"The guy, he is just physically a monster with the ball," Brownlee said.
According to Brownlee, a 9-0 record heading into their match up against St. Johns has been a season long goal. Friday's game at St. Johns will decide the 2A North Division championship.
"Both teams I think are equal," Brownlee said. "We have a mature group of kids who are ready to play some football. We're going to have fun."