Viking football off to rocky start with loss at Farson

Justin Malcom (23) carries against Midwest last week.

FARSON—The Guernsey-Sunrise Vikings got a taste of what defending championship teams can bring back from the previous season as the Farson-Eden Pronhorns dismantled the Vikes 55-6 in last Saturday’s season-opener at Farson.
Clearly missing the services of a senior quarterback, the Vikings struggled to get any kind of offense going, settling for one rushing touchdown near the end of the game to save the shutout.
Ironically, the Vikings had possession of the ball for over twice the amount of time at 33:08 to just 14:52 for the Pronghorns, revealing the efficiency of Farson’s overall skill level.
Farson-Eden scored four rushing touchdowns in the first quarter on runs of 11, 12 and 20 yards. (Yardage on the fourth score was not recorded in the stats provided.)
They converted one point after to take a 26-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. They added two more scores in the second quarter on a 23-yard pass completion and a 10 yard run. They completed one of the conversion kicks and led 42-0 at halftime.
With four minutes to go in the third quarter, freshman quarterback Brian McCoid was intercepted and Hulett added another seven points after completing the one-point run-in conversion. With 6:52 left to go in the game, the Vikings got their only points when Jeremy Hartt ran the ball in from the 10-yard line.
(According to the stats provided by the team, the final score was 49-6, however the score was reported a 55-6 win for Farson-Eden.)
The Vikes managed just 85 total yards of offense which included 86 yards rushing and -1 yard receiving. They ran 43 plays from scrimmage, gaining five first downs but converted just one of 11 third-down attempts.
McCoid completed 8 of 15 passing attempts for six yards and was intercepted three times.
Kolten Weinkauf also threw the ball once but it resulted in -7 yards.
Hartt carried the ball four times for 52 yards and one touchdown. Weinkauf carried 14 times for 14 yards. Rawland Isabell carried once for nine yards and McCoid carried three times for eight yards. Hunter Warner carried three times for three yards and Preston Elmore had one carry but no gained or lost yardage.
Hartt had two receptions for 10 yards.
Hartt led the Viking defense with six solo tackles, one for lost yardage. Isabell finished with five solo stops. Preston Elmore and Hunter Warner each had three solo tackles—Elmore had one for lost yardage and one interception.
Brock Hohnholt picked off one pass.
This week, the Vikings will host Hulett on Friday at 1:45 p.m. at Viking Stadium. Hulett finished last season as the 4th seed from the East Conference but drew Farson-Eden in the first quarterfinal game. Farson sent the Red Devils home in a 90-22 loss to end their season. Their overall record was similar to the Vikings last season, making this week’s matchup a great opportunity for the Vikes to get their first win of the year.
The Viking junior high team will take on Hulett’s junior high team with an 11:45 a.m. kickoff set.

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