Falcons soar over the Vikings
After beating Winona Cotter 41-0 the previous week, the Hayfield Vikings were brought back down to earth by the Fillmore Central Falcons who beat them 37-7 on Friday, Oct. 4.
Hayfield Head Coach Jeff Snider was proud of how his team played in the first quarter.
“I was really happy with our boys and how they came out to play this week. We had a lot of fire and determination to be successful and our boys believed.”
He mentioned that the Vikings’ defense did a good job holding the Falcons to just six points in the first quarter.
“Our defense was doing a decent job in controlling Fillmore Central and their big play capability and making them work their way done the field,” he said.
In the second quarter, the Falcons got their offense going and scored two touchdowns and a field goal to extend their lead to 23-0.
Snider said there were a couple times his defense just missed stopping Fillmore Central’s offensive drives.
“A couple opportunities on third down conversions, including a fourth down conversion, in which we just missed knocking the pass down or getting an interception resulted in first downs,” he said.
However, even though the Vikings trailed by 23 points, they didn’t feel like they were out of the game.
“We were down 23-0 at halftime, but we really felt like we still had a chance as we were only three scores away from winning and our offense had had some success in the first half,” he said.
Snider said Hayfield continued to attack in the second half, but it just didn’t show on the scoreboard until the fourth quarter.
“In the second half, we fought and battled, I know the score didn’t how we’d love to have it, but we showed a lot of grit and determination,” he said.
That determination paid off eventually as quarterback Brady Nelson scored on a five-yard touchdown run and Ethan Koski’s extra point was successful to trim Fillmore Central’s lead to 37-7 with 3:10 left in the game.
“Our execution on our fourth quarter touchdown drive was good,” he said.
To get his offense scoring on more than just one drive, Snider said the Vikings will work on the seemingly minor details that make a difference.
“This week, we’re going to focus again on the little things, on finishing those plays as we try to get back into that win column,” he said.
The Vikings will look to get back into the win column when they travel to Lewiston-Altura to take on the Cardinals at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 11.
Hayfield stats: Passing - Brady Nelson 12/22 103 yds 1 INT. Rushing - Carter Kyllo 6 att. 18 yds, Dawson Andree 1 att. 11 yds, and Brady Nelson 4 att. -13 yds 1 TD. Receiving - Patrick Towey 8 rec 69 yds, Ethan Slaathaug 1 rec 27 yds, and Jake Risius 3 rec 7 yds. Defensive - Dawson Andree 6 tks 4 ast, Kolby Tapp 6 tks 1 ast 1 tfl, Steele Tebay 4 tks 2 ast 2 sacks 2 tfl, Dylan Ehmke 4 tks 1 ast 1 tfl, and Carter Kyllo 3 tks 3 ast.