Vikings loss takes them out of play for the season
Photo by Kathy Hahn
Friday night’s game was not the end Lake Stevens wanted to their 2012 football season. The Viking’s 42-0 loss to Skyline, Washington’s number one rated program, was hardly indicative of a team that won its share of impressive and hard-fought victories.
The Vikings came out of the gate ready to fight, holding Skyline scoreless until midway through the second quarter. Skyline quarterback Max Browne looked at times ineffective and even frustrated as the Viking defensive secondary shut down his much-lauded passing game, keeping him to only two completions in the first sixteen minutes of play. Seniors Conner Coleman and Blake Sanders led the defensive coverage with Coleman on the edge of pulling in two interceptions as well.
Meanwhile the Vikings defensive line, formed by senior and team captains Brandon Johnson and Carey Campbell, senior Ryan Simoneaux, and junior Evan Miksch, stayed true to form stopping the Spartan’s run game. Backed up by a solid linebacker core, led by senior and team captain Andrew Elgaen, the Vikings clawed and scraped their way into the second quarter.
That was when the wheels came off. Max Browne finally hit an open man for the first touchdown of the game, and Lake Stevens junior Quarterback Gavin O’Neil then threw interceptions on the next two Viking offensive drives, which Skyline converted to short-field touchdowns.
Down 22-0 going into halftime, the Vikings had hopes of a strong third quarter, as they’ve shown several times already this year. With Wesco’s leading receiver, senior Conner Coleman, and mid-season surprise running back junior Austin Otis, it was certainly possible. But just not to be.
Photo by Kathy Hahn
The run game could not deliver consistently, and the passing game was constantly harried and ineffectual as O’Neil was chased around in the backfield for the rest of the night. Several times Lake Stevens receivers managed to break clear of their defenders, only to come up empty on a hurried pass or (worse) watching their quarterback take another sack.
It was a bitter pill for the Vikings to swallow, having come so far on the heels of last season’s semi-finals team.
Lake Stevens did not lack for recognition, however, as the all-Wesco team was also posted this weekend. Lake Stevens captured eight of the twenty-two first team positions, nearly a full third, and another six on the second-string team. A wonderful showing, on another great year.