GUERNSEY—The Guernsey-Sunrise Vikings gave the pre-season favorite Farson-Eden Pronghorns a little bit of a wake-up call in the opening quarter Friday night—the only problem was…they woke up.
The Vikings came out swinging, putting up the first touchdown of the game at the 6:37 mark in the first quarter when senior running back Austin Albrecht finished off the first Viking drive from the four-yard line. A conversion attempt failed but the Vikes were up 6-0.
Just a little over a minute later, the Pronghorns answered with a 22-yard touchdown pass and a one-point conversion run to take the lead 7-6.
It was short-lived however as the Vikings’ senior running back Dylan Rose picked out a course through the Pronghorn defense to score from 40 yards out. The conversion attempt was no good but the Vikes were back on top 12-7.
Farson was having none of it though as they scored from 14 yards out and put the kick through the uprights to regain the lead 15-12.
But the Vikings turned the tables again, this time when junior quarterback Alex Delgado hit Dylan Rose on a 44-yard scoring strike. The conversion failed but the Vikings had the lead again at 18-15.
It was a beginning that left everyone wondering just what would happen with a full three quarters of the game remaining, but when the Pronghorns scored again with 1:54 to go in the first, it turned out to be the beginning of the end.
Farson reeled off eight touchdowns before the Vikings would answer with just a little over two minutes left in the game. By that time, the Pronghorns had climbed to a 72-18 lead, erasing the early excitement on the Viking side of the field.
The Vikes picked up their final points when senior running back Josh Marshall scored on a four-yard run. Junior Jeremy Hartt ran the conversion in to put the final point of the night and Farson-Eden headed back west with a 72-25 win.
The Vikes finished the evening with 261 total yards of offense, 204 of them on the ground.
They ran 55 plays averaging 4.7 yards per play. Their time of possession was 29:28. They were penalized six times for 50 yards and turned the ball over four times, twice on fumbles and twice on pass interceptions.
The picked up 13 first downs, converting three of 10 third-downs.
Rose finished with 101 yards in nine carries and one touchdown. He had one kickoff return for 39 yards. Sophomore Justin Malcom carried 16 times for 57 yards and Albrecht picked up 28 yards in nine carries. Freshman Hunter Warner had one kickoff return for six yards.
Delgado completed five of 10 passes for 57 yards and one touchdown and two interceptions.
Freshman Rawland Isabelle led the defense with three solo tackles and two assists.
Rose had three single stops and Malcom finished with two lone stops and an assist.
The Pronghorns finished with 528 total yards of offense, 435 on the ground. They ran 32 plays averaging 16.5 yards per play. Their time of possession was 17:57. They were penalized four times for 45 yards. They committed just one turnover, a fumble. They picked up 17 first downs, converting one of four third-down attempts.
The Pronghorns go to 1-0 on the season while the Vikings chalk up their first loss in as many games.
The Vikings will make the long road trip to Hulett this Saturday to take on the Red Devils at 3 p.m. Their next home game will be September 14th when they host Kaycee for their homecoming game at 7 p.m.