Vkinings determined to win Homecoming game
Statistics showed that the Abingdon Commandoes football team had the advantage over the Cambridge Vikings on Saturday, Oct. 4, but what statistics couldn’t show was the team’s determination to win their Homecoming game.
Following a Homecoming parade in the morning and numerous class reunions throughout the weekend, the Cambridge Vikings played their best game of the season before a crowded Viking Bowl.
The control of the game was obvious most of the first quarter, with the Viking running game making a statement early on. With little surprise Patrick Morey punched it in, from the two, with just under six minuets left in the quarter.
"I felt that the running game led by Morey, and our offense and defense line set the tone for most of the game," said Coach Terry Anderson.
The highlight for Cambridge in the second quarter came from a connection from Carr to Marcus Goodwin through the air that reaped 67 yards and a touchdown. Mikel Miller’s kick made it 14-0 with it only being 11:44 into the quarter. Then Abingdon proved they have a run and gun show too, with two scores in the quarter.
"We made a couple mistakes in the second quarter and played a little flat which allowed Abingdon to tie the score," said Anderson. “Third quarter was a stale mate created by some good defense from both teams.”
Some outstanding line play on the defensive side by junior Riley Lavin and senior Lucus Kirlin who lead the team in tackles with 11 each, keeping the Commandoes out of the end zone.
"I was very pleased how we came out in the second half, and kept putting the pressure on them. I think it was our best team effort of the season which led to some nice individual games." commented Anderson.
The Vikings entered the fourth quarter, their best quarter of the season. Timely passing by Carr who was eight of 13 for a 143 yards, and outstanding running by Morey produced three scores. Morey took it in from the three at the 8:34 mark, the 46-yard line at 8:08, and the four-yard line at 1:36. In the end Morey had 225 total yards.
"This was all because of how well we took care of the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball, hopefully we carry a little momentum from this win into the next game." said Anderson.
The Vikings are on the road again Friday, Oct. 17, when they travel to Peoria Heights to take on the Patriots who are 0-4 for the season. On Friday, Oct. 24, Cambridge will host AlWood-ROWVA for their final home game of the season. The seniors football players, cheerleaders and band members will be recognized.
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 T
CHS 7 7 0 20 33
AHS 0 14 0 0 14
Team Statistics First downs: CHS 26/A 12; Yards Rushing: CHS 303/ A 144; Yards Passing: CHS 143/ A 94; Total Yards: CHS 446/A 238; Penalties-yards: CHS 7-43/A 4-16.5; Fumbles lost: CHS 0/A 0; Interceptions: CHS 2/A 0
CHS individual statistics Rushing: (attempts, yardage, average) Morey 24,228,9.5; Walsh 9,42,4.6; Carr 7,31,3.4; Prevost 5,17,2.4; Passing: ( comp, att, int, td) Carr 8,13,0,1; Receiving: (pc, yds, td) Root 1,1,0; Goodwin 3,83,1; Lenertz 3,38,0; Morey 1,21,0; Tackles: Morey 8, Prevost 9, Root 2, Walsh 3, Lenertz 4, Goodwin 8, Kirlin 11, Lavin 8, Fritch 3,A. Johnson 1, Kane 2,G. Evans 1, Koster 2, Roden 1, Wilkinson 1.