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Sun, Aug. 09

One more game to go before the playoffs...<br>

The Vikings proved unstopp-able against a poorly equipped Valley Sanders team last Friday. Several touchdowns and even a couple of safeties led the Vikes to yet another overwhelming victory — 58-0 — as they prepare for playoff action in the coming weeks.

“It was senior night, so most of our scoring came from the seniors,” Head Coach Rick Shipley announced, adding that Valley is a young and inexperienced team and was basically outmatched. “We had lost two in a row, so it was nice to win.”

The boys started the beating somewhat sluggishly, racking up a few penalties, but revved up about halfway into the first quarter with a 23-yard touchdown run from No. 21 Chance Grantham, which was quickly followed by another Grantham TD on a 54-yard run.

No. 30 Mano Zabala then chimed in with a 76-yard TD pass from quarterback Wesley Scruggs. Each TD was backed up with a successful two-point conversion for a 24-0 score in just the first quarter.

In the second, the Vikings tidal wave just got worse for Valley. Two safeties — which Shipley says were more a result of poor Valley snapping than anything the Vikes did in particular — and a Grantham 56-yard punt return TD, which has become a big part of Vikings wins this season, sank Valley into the ditch even further.

Other scoring, much to the delight of coaches, came from seniors who usually don’t get into the endzone. No. 23 Mark Pixley got himself one on a 28-yard reception, No. 36 Nicolas Padilla scored his first of the season on a short one-yard run, and No. 20 Garrett Hendel scratched out a 13-yard TD run toward the end of the second to bring the game to a halt at the halftime buzzer with a score of 58-0.

Spectators then waited out the cold nighttime air to honor the team’s 11 senior class players as they gathered with parents on the field. Check this week’s back page for more details.

The Vikes now go on to face Mayer, who managed to beat Red Mesa recently 20-8, on their home turf Friday. With Mayer’s win against Red Mesa, the Vikings now have a chance to place second in the region and host a playoff game, provided they come out victorious in a few days.

The Vikings must successfully execute their running game and display their legendary speed to its hilt for a solid win over Mayer — a bigger, more physical group than most reservation-based teams.

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