GUERNSEY – The Guernsey-Sunrise Vikings traveled to Hannah-Elk Mountain to play their first conference game of the year and trounced the Miners 50-13.
Other than a loss to last year’s state champions, Farson-Eden in their first game and forfeiting the second game due to a COVID quarantine, the Vikings have come back to score 94 points in the last two games.
The Vikings had built a three-touchdown lead by the end of the first quarter with the running of Kaleb Foggie and the passing of Brian McCoid. By halftime, the score was 36-6 and continued the trend in the second half building a lead of 50-6 before a late touchdown by HEM put double-digits on the scoreboard.
Guernsey-Sunrise went back to basics and “Lombardi” football, pounding the ball on the ground and letting the massive offensive line create holes for the running backs. Foggie not only ran well behind his blockers, but his quickness created opportunities in the secondary. He rushed for six touchdowns and amassed 277 yards on the ground. Aidan Noggle had the brunt of the carries with 24 and gained 71 yards on the ground.
The passing game, which was a Guernsey-Sunrise trademark was virtually non-existent with the success of the running game, and McCoid was only 2-3 for 44 yards and a touchdown.
Guernsey-Sunrise ended up with 396 yards total offense to H.E.M.’s 178 yards. It was a relatively quick game with both teams keeping the ball on the ground, only two penalties for the entire game and a running clock in the fourth quarter.
Alex Sturdivant caught both of McCoids passes for 44 yards and a touchdown. On defense, Cooper Harriman was a beast and roamed the field gathering 17 tackles 13 of which were solos, to lead the team. Dawson Bingham was second with seven tackles. Aidan Noggle who had 3 tackles also had an interception.
The Vikings (2-2) will be back home Friday when they will play their second conference game against Hulett (3-0). Kickoff is at 6 p.m.