WILLIAMS, Ariz. - The Williams High School football team continued its winning streak as the Vikings slowed down Sedona's speed and poured on the offense and defense to win the Oct. 17 homecoming game 54-20.
"It was a good win for us," head coach Jeff Brownlee said. "It was a fun game in front of our homecoming crowd. Our crowd was great, they were loud and noisy and I think that helped lots. We like our community to be involved in our program like that."
The Vikings scored twice in the first quarter with touchdown runs by Damon Alvarado and Kristian Holmes and no answering points by Sedona making the score 12-0.
Sedona moved the ball in the second quarter and scored to make the score 12-6. But the Vikings answered quickly with two touchdown runs by Martin Soria. With a pass from Kyle Ernst to Holmes for a two point conversion, the Vikings went into the half leading 26-6.
Brownlee said the Vikings controlled the ball on offense.
"Pretty much everything we did worked because our offensive line did an outstanding job," he said. "Defensively, Sedona took advantage of our mistake and was able to score. But other than that we controlled the offensive and defensive side of the ball."
The only points in the third quarter came off a 75-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Sedona bringing the score to 26-13.
The fourth quarter started with a 10-yard touchdown run by Soria. Ernst completed a pass for the two-point conversion to make the score 34-13.
Sedona answered with a 10-yard touchdown run making the score 34-20. That was the last time Sedona scored.
While punting, the Vikings' center missed the snap and Ernst picked up the ball and ran 57 yards for a touchdown to make the score 41-20.
While Sedona did not score again, they did put up a fight. They drove the ball all the way down to the Vikings' two or three yard line. Ernst intercepted a pass two yards deep in the end zone and returned it for a 102-yard interception return for a touchdown.
"That was great," Brownlee said.
Holmes scored again with a 43-yard touchdown run making the final score 54-20.
On offense, Soria had eight carries for 73 yards. Alvarado had 17 carries for 116 yards. Holmes had 16 carries for 143 yards. Ernst had eight carries for 63 yards.
"That is over 300 yards of rushing and that is fantastic for us," Brownlee said. "It is a compliment to the line for doing that."
Ernst was eight of 10 for passing for 97 yards and he threw two touchdown passes.
On the receiving end, Soria caught five passes for 78 yards. Holmes caught two passes for 16 yards. Malik Brown caught one pass for three yards.
"That is over 400 yards of offense which is a nice thing to see," Brownlee said.
He said that while Sedona got their scores off of the Vikings, the game rotated in the Vikings' favor.
"They did move the ball on us a little bit but the defense played tough," Brownlee said. "We bended a little bit but we never broke."
While the defense played well, Brownlee said the offensive shined.
"Offensively, it was our best game of execution," he said. "We were able to do about anything we wanted."
The game plan the Vikings had going into the game worked to slow down Sedona's speed and put Sedona in positions they were not used to being in, like third and long.
"Our offensive line was able to push back their defensive line so we were always getting pretty much plus yardage all the time," Brownlee said. "We wore them down."
The Vikings travel to Kingman Academy Oct. 24 and their last game of the regular season is against Greyhills Academy on Oct. 31.
Brownlee said that he believes his team still has an outside chance at state.
"We just have to take care of us, that's the only thing we control and we just need to take it a game at a time and do what we need to do and things will happen," he said.