GUERNSEY – The warm Guernsey autumn night turned cold during the Vikings/Buckaroos football game Friday night and ran parallel with the team rosters as it chilled fans to the bone knowing that both teams only suited nine players per team due to the COVID quarantines and other injuries.
Guernsey was missing five starters and had a lonely bench during the game in which the Vikings put up a valiant effort, but fell short to a senior-laden team who has been a perennial powerhouse the past few years winning state championships in 2015, 2016 and 2017.
The Buckaroos exerted their dominance and speed early as they passed for 3 of their 6 passing touchdowns in the first quarter, and also scored on a fumble recovery and a 25-yard run. They had 34 points on the board before the Vikings hit paydirt with a five-yard touchdown pass from Brian McCoid to Justin Malcom with 7:19 left in the second quarter.
A quarter which proved the best for the Vikings as they were only outscored 8-6 and had the opposing coaches screaming at their players. The halftime score was 42-6.
The Vikings could only amass 92 total offense yards in the game. Although Guernsey won the battle in time of possession, it was turnovers that proved costly, losing 3 fumbles and having 3 interceptions. McCoid who has been a strong force the past few weeks both in the air and on the ground could only come up with 12 completions on 32 attempts, threw 2 interceptions and gained only 9 yards on 10 rushing attempts.
A bright spot on both sides of the ball was Justin Malcom who caught the team’s only touchdown, and led the team with 6 catches for 69 yards. Malcom also had 15 tackles, 13 of which were solo takedowns, and in his usual style, he seeks out the opponents with laser accuracy and levels them with bone crunching hits.
The defense gave up 425 yards of total offense to Kaycee and with the win, Kaycee moves to 5-1 and the Vikings move to 2-4.
The boys will be back at Viking Stadium Friday night as NSI (Normative Services Inc.) Academy from Sheridan will bring in a 1-5 record to the table, their only win coming against Midwest who the Vikings will play in their last regular season game Oct. 23.