Baker’s record game flies
Vikings past Glacier Peak
Highlighting an offensive extravaganza, Viking quarterback Nick Baker set several school records in passing his team to victory against Snohomish’s brand-new second high school (member of the Wesco 3A division), which proved to be a feisty, surprisingly competitive foe.
Despite Lake’s overwhelming yardage superiority of 526 to 224 the Vikings could never completely put the scrappy Grizzlies away.
Lake’s touchdowns, in order: (1) Bo Dickinson’s one-yard run in the first quarter (set up by his 23-yard run on the previous play) with PAT kick by Arvid Isaksen, who was to finish 5 for 5 in that department.
(2) Baker-to-Eric Huswick 36 yards pass in the second quarter.
(3) Baker-to-Dickinson one-yard pass in the second quarter.
(4) Baker-to-Colton Tupen 59 yard pass in the third quarter.
(5) Baker-to-Dickinson 4-yard pass in the fourth quarter.
Glacier Peak’s Alex Stepanchenko’s 83-yard kickoff return, with Jackson Miller providing the PAT kick, tied the game at 7-all in the first quarter.
The Grizzlies cut the halftime margin to 21-14 on Richter’s 27-yard TD pass to Luke Westberg. Glacier Peak added a late-game score against Viking reserves, on John Darling’s 3-yard run.
Baker’s array of screen, flare, and short dump-off passes found the hands of eight different Viking receivers, with 10 of the completions to Riecks for 81 yards, and 7 to Tupen, for 110 yards.
Baker had an 85-yard touchdown pass to a wide-open Tyler Bryant called back in the first quarter, when it was ruled that Baker had stepped over the line of scrimmage. The majority of Baker’s 11 incompletions came via his overthrowing deep receivers, so as good as his performance was on his record-setting night there is still room for fine-tuning.
Dickinson’s three-touchdown game included 65 net yards in 10 carries.
Lake rolled to 25 first downs to GP’s 16, but the Vikings were penalized 104 yards for its 11 infractions, to GP’s 45 yards via 5 penalties. Penalties cost the Vikings at least two touchdowns.
Having now beaten two non-league Wesco foes, Lake begins Wesco North league action on Friday, hosting Stanwood.