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Vikes hand Hopi a Brown-out
Vikings quarterback leads offensive charge running for 144 yards

WILLIAMS - Defense and Darius Brown proved to be the winning combination when the Williams High School Vikings took on Hopi Sept. 17.

Head Coach Jeff Brownlee said Hopi's assault straight up the middle caused some initial confusion to the Viking offense but his team adjusted.

"They made us work for everything," Brownlee said. "They pretty much sent the house every time. They blitzed the heck out of us and tried to disrupt the running game and tried to disrupt Darius. Obviously the score tells you the better team won and that would definitely be us."

The Vikes held Hopi scoreless in their 49-0 win.

Darius Brown scored the first touchdown of the game with a three-yard run. Still in the first quarter Brown ran again for a 51-yard touchdown and a third touchdown run of 11 yards.

"Darius is just good on his feet," Brownlee said. "He's like a fourth running back in this offense. That's what a quarterback is in the Wing-T, he's got to be able to move."

Although Hopi defensive pressure flushed Brown out of the pocket forcing his running game, Brownlee said Brown's speed is a definite asset.

"That is an option that Darius gives this football team," Brownlee said. "When there is nothing there, he makes something good out of it."

Elias Sammarono ran for six-yards to score in the second quarter followed by a 30-yard touchdown from Jamal Drake.

After the half, Brown connected with Drake for a 41-yard touchdown pass continuing the Vikings' offensive onslaught.

In the fourth quarter, Brown again ran for 19 yards to make it into the end zone.

"Obviously, you can see that Brown was a key focal point in our offense that day," Brownlee said. "You know, it kind of changes week to week, but Brown had the opportunities and he made the best of those opportunities."

Brown went 5-9 for 82 yards passing and ran 144 yards on nine carries.

Dallas Grantham carried the ball eight times for 32 yards. Rashan Drake ran 40 yards on two carries and Elias Sammorano ran the ball 82 yards on five carries.

Colton Baxter caught the ball three times for 26 yards. Drake had one reception for 43 yards and Soria caught one pass for a 13-yard gain.

While the Viking offense moved the ball well on the ground and in the air, Brownlee said his defensive team continues to stifle their opponents' offensive game.

"Defensively, like I've been saying, rock solid," Brownlee said. "Our team speed on defense is just awesome and they flow to the ball well. Overall, it was a good win."

Now 4-0 for the season, the Vikings take on Grey Hills at home Friday at 7 p.m.

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