Viking Football Wins Third Straight Against SM South


Caleb J. Vering

Senior Zach Witters stiff arms a defender as he runs down the field

The Vikings managed a 42-14 victory against the South Raiders, a team surrounded by controversy this year.

Raiders coach Brett Oberzan dismissed three senior starters earlier this year, prompting another five to leave the team on their own terms. They cited frustration with the coaching in their handling of the previous player departures.

Now that the team is mostly comprised of sophomores, they have continued to struggle mightily. Those struggles continued against the Vikings, as they opened the first quarter with a 21-0 lead.

Quarterback Zach Witters continued to be efficient, albeit with a much smaller workload in this game. He attempted only six passes, completing four of them including a touchdown pass to Israel Watson.

The real display was in the run game and on the defensive side. Junior running back Kirby Grigsby carried the ball seven times for 92 yards and a touchdown. Senior running back Jason Meeker, returning after a bout with salmonella poisoning, had four carries for 30 yards and a touchdown as well.

Also returning from injury was senior linebacker Jay Hawkins, who suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee in week one. While he garnered only a mere four tackles, having him back will bode well for the Vikings when they play the East Lancers next week.

Overall, it was an impressive display for the Vikings, as their road to try and reach state continues.