Vikes strike 78-6 win in lightning-shortened game!

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GUERNSEY—It only took a little over two quarters and some lightning to shut down the NSI Wolves at Viking Stadium Friday evening and give the Vikings a 78-6 homecoming win.
There was little question right from the opening kickoff as the Vikes’ Gage Koeteman was in the end zone for six points just 15 seconds into the game. Garret Oneyear’s PAT kick was no good but the onslaught was underway.
Less than two minutes later, Oneyear scored from 61 yards out and this time the kick was good to put the Vikes up 14-0.
In the next minute, Koeteman picked off a pass and the Vikings lead went to 20-0 after Oneyear’s kick was blocked.
With 5:16 still to go in the first quarter, Oneyear scored from 30 yards out. The conversion pass attempt from Oneyear to Austin Albrecht fell incomplete and the Vikings were up another six at 26-0.
Just under five minutes to go in the first quarter, Ryan Harms to a pick-six to push the score to 32-0. Oneyear’s pass to Koeteman gave the Vikes another point and the lead was 33-0.
Just 90 seconds later, Koeteman ran in for a 31-yard score and Oneyear’s kick was good to send the lead to 41-0.
NSI finally got on the board with just two minutes to go in the first quarter on a two-yard passing play. The conversion run failed and the Vikes now led 41-6.
The Vikings got the final points of the quarter as Justin Malcom found his way to the end zone on a 52-yard run. Oneyear’s kick was no good and the score went to 47-6
Shortly into the second quarter, Ryan Harms completed a three-yard scoring pass to Jeremy Hartt. The conversion run by Xavier Smith failed but the Vikes were now up 53-6.
Shortly after, Koeteman scored on a 45-yard run. The conversion pass from Harms to Dale Mote fell incomplete and it was 59-6.
Harms got a second pick-six and Smith’s conversion run came up shortl, but now the Vikes were up 65-6.
Onyear scored just a minute later on a 38-yard run and also got in for the conversion to push the Viking lead to 72-6.
Smith was not to be denied though and managed to get in on a six-yard run just before halftime. The conversion failed and the Vikings took a 78-6 lead into the halftime.
The second half was short-lived as lightning came closer and the game was called for the night.
The Vikes rolled up 438 yards of total offense to 187 by the Wolves. Guernsey-Sunrise ran 20 plays from scrimmage and the Wolves ran 38. The Vikes complete two of four passes for 55 yards while the Wolves completed nine of 22 attempts for 86 yards.
The Vikes ran for 383 yards on the ground while NSI picked up 101 yards rushing.
Guernsey-Sunrise was whistled for four penalties totaling 45 yards. The Wolves were penalized three times for 25 yards.
NSi turned the ball over five times, all interceptions. The Vikes did not turn the ball over.
The Vikes’ time of possession was 11:33 and NSI had the ball for 24:27.
The Vikes picked up 14 first downs (11 rushing) to NSI’s 10 (two rushing).
The Vikings converted two third downs and got the remaining first downs in the first two plays of the possessions.
Harms finished with two completions in four passing attempts for 55 yards and one touchdown. Koeteman had 154 yards on four carries and three touchdowns. Oneyear carried three times for 129 yards and three touchdowns. Malcom finished with three carries for 70 yards and a score. Smith had 30 yards in six carries and a touchdown.
Hartt caught a pair of passes for 55 yards and a touchdown.
Austin Albrecht led the defensive charge for the Vikings with four unassisted tackles, one for lost yardage.
Smith finished with three solo stops.
Oneyear, Hartt, Mote, Jason Wenzel and Ed Ramos each had two unassisted tackles. Mote got one for lost yardage as well.
Koeteman, Harms and Malcom each had a single takedown. Koeteman and Harms each had two picks and Malcom had one.
Oneyear connected for two extra points kicks for a total of four points.
This week, the Vikings will face their biggest teat to date as they take on defending 1-A Six Man state champion Kaycee at Kaycee. The game is set for Saturday and a 2 p.m. kickoff.
The Buckaroos own a 4-0 record with wins over Dubois (79-6), Hanna-Elk Mountain (67-20), Rock River (2-0 forfeit) and Hulett (80-0). Their next home game will be October 6 when Hanna-Elk Mountain comes to Guernsey.

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