GUERNSEY—The Vikings turned things around this week in a big way as they got a significant 81-44 win over Hanna-Elk Mountain Friday night in Guernsey.
Hanna drew first blood with just two minutes left to go in the first quarter on a pass completion for 19 yards. The conversion failed and the Miners had a 6-0 lead.
But Guernsey answered almost immediately as Garret Oneyear scored from 20 yards out. Gage Koeteman’s run for the conversion was good and the Vikes claimed a 7-6 lead with just under a minute to go in the first quarter.
The Vikings got their next six points as Viking quarterback Alex Delgado completed a 12-yard scoring pass to Austin Albrecht. The conversion run by Oneyear was successful and the Vikings’ lead went to 14-6.
Just a couple of minutes later, Koeteman scored again for the Vikings on a 32-yard run. Albrecht’s conversion run failed but the Viking lead stretched to 20-6 with 2:37 left in the first half.
The Vikings were right back at it as the second half got underway. Koeteman ran again, this time for a 40-yard score and with Oneyear’s successful conversion run, the Vikings went up 27-6.
On the ensuing kickoff, Hanna slid through the Viking defense for a 77-yard return for six points and after completing the conversion, took the score to 27-13.
Hanna got the next touchdown as well with just under four minutes to go in the third quarter on a 31-yard pass play. They had to settle for six when the conversion failed but they cut the Viking lead to 27-19. It was as close as they would get though as the Viking picked up two more scores in the third quarter. Albrecht ran in from two yards out to put the Vikes up 33-19 and Koeteman cruised another 33 yards to get six more for the Vikings. They picked up one of the conversions and took the lead back to 21 points at 40-19.
The third quarter turned into a scoring fest as Hanna would get another touchdown on a 42-yard pass play to put up six more points for the Miners, cutting the lead to 40-25. But the Vikes would answer twice, both before the end of the quarter as Oneyear reeled off a 55-yard run to the end zone and Albrecht took one in from 24 yards out. Both conversions were good and the Vikes took a 54-25 lead by the beginning of the fourth quarter.
Hanna picked up a 45-yard passing touchdown to open the final quarter but the Vikings cam back immediately as Albrecht took another one in from 44 yards out. The Viking lead stood at 60-31 with just a little over nine minutes to go in the game.
Hanna got their next touchdown on a 43-yard pass play but the conversion failed and the Vikings scored three more times to run the score to 81-37. Koeteman scored on runs of 18 and 58 yards and Delgado hit Jeremy Hartt on a 32-yard touchdown pass. Koeteman, Justin Malcom and Xavier Smith picked up the conversions for those three touchdowns to complete Guernsey’s scoring for the night.
Hanna would get just seven more points on a 31-yard scoring pass and conversion with just 29 seconds to go but the Vikings claimed the win.
Guernsey likely set a record with 734 total yards of offense, running 49 plays in time of possession of 21:50. They gained 101 yards in the air and the remaining 633 on the ground.
They were penalized three times for 25 yards and turned the ball over twice on fumbles.
Hanna picked up 411 total yards of offense, 348 through the air and 63 on the ground. They ran 63 plays and their time of possession totaled 25:18.
The Vikes picked up 24 first downs, converting five times on third down in seven attempts.
Hanna had no penalties or turnovers in the game and picked up 15 first downs. They converted just twice on third down in 13 attempts and four of seven on fourth downs.
Delgado completed three of three passing attempts fro 73 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Koeteman passed twice, completing both for 28 yards.
Koeteman led all rushers with 324 yards in 19 carries and five touchdowns. Albrecht carried 10 times for 157 yards and three touchdowns. Oneyear carried nine times for 113 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Malcom had five carries for 43 yards and Delgado had minus four yards on the ground.
Albrecht caught three passes for 73 yards and one touchdown. Hartt caught one pass for 43 yards and a touchdown.
Koeteman also led the defensive side for the Vikings with 10 single takedowns and six assists. He was in on a stop for lost yardage and had an interception.
Preston Elmore finished with six solo stops and three assists; two of those stops were for lost yardage.
Albrecht had four unassisted tackles and four assists.
Oneyear, Malcom and Dale Mote each finished with three lone takedowns and an assist. Delgado had two of each and Hart had one single stop.
Oneyear punted just once for 45 yards. Malcom had two kick returns for a total of 23 yards and Oneyear had one return for 12 yards.
The Vikings get a break this week as the game with Rock River on the road has been cancelled.
That will give the Vikes a full week to prepare for Hulett who comes to Guernsey on Friday, October 20th. That game will kick off at 7 p.m. The win and the forfeit from Rock River puts the Viking season record at 4-3 with just the Hulett game remaining.