Vikings drop opener to state champion Farson-Eden


GUERNSEY – Last year the Vikings opened against Farson-Eden and only managed to score seven points. This year, they boasted a much better outcome with 24, but once again the Pronghorns showed why they were a powerhouse in Wyoming as they scored 65 points.

GHS came out firing and after the first quarter ended, Farson-Eden realized that they were not playing last year’s Viking squad. The Guernsey-Sunrise team has scored almost all of what they scored in last year’s contest and held the Horns to only two touchdowns.

By halftime Farson-Eden caught a little bit of prairie fire, but the game was still in reach for the Vikings, down by 3 touchdowns. The third quarter saw a dogfight and with renewed motivation, Guernsey-Sunrise held their opponents to one touchdown and scored one themselves. Still a three-touchdown margin before last season’s undefeated veteran team which won the tournament knuckled down and outscored the Vikings 19-0 in the fourth quarter.

“I thought our first quarter was the best quarter, said head Viking football coach Curtis Cook. “We ended up taking the lead again in the second quarter for a short time.  It was a big step for us to learn that we can play with the defending state champs also I think that conditioning as we go forward is going to help us a ton.  You know how much harder it is for bigger players to get into shape so that'll come and I think that's why our first quarter was so successful.  So, we'll keep pushing forward and we've got two more weeks of nonconference opponents before we hit conference play which will decide our playoff seating and where we go from here.  We were disappointed in the loss because we had high expectations but we also some very bright spots to build off of.”

Faron-Eden had 494 yards of total offense which came mainly in the fourth quarter. Guernsey had 246 yards of total offense including 105 yards in the air where McCoid was 7-11 for 105 yards and three touchdowns. McCoid, who gained 34 yards on the ground, also ran for one touchdown. The ground game for the Vikings was solid as they gained 141 yards on 33 carries, but the Pronghorns which are a smashmouth football team pounded the ball on the ground for 375 yards.

Guernsey-Sunrise senior, Rawland Isabelle recorded four catches for 94 yards and hauled in three touchdown passes for the Vikings and was a bright spot for the Vikings. Also adding to the offensive mix behind the beefed-up Guernsey-Sunrise front line this year was Kaleb Foggie who rushed 16 times for 95 yards.

The Vikings will be at home again this coming Saturday with a kickoff time scheduled for 2 p.m.

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