Vikings Reign Victorious in Huge Win Over Hurricanes
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Karlee Feger | September 10, 2022
The Williams Valley Vikings torched the Schuylkill Haven Hurricanes with a final score of 54-19.
Brady Evans and Alex Achenbach both had three touchdowns for the Vikings.
It was a cool, sunny night at Viking Stadium, another beautiful Friday for some football. The coin toss resulted in Haven kicking off, and it didn’t take long for the Vikings to find the end zone. Evans scored off of a 21-yard pass from quarterback, Issac Whiteash. The extra point was no good. The Hurricanes did push the ball up the field once they received the ball back, but could not convert on a fourth-down opportunity. Evans, for the Vikings, continued to play strong in the first quarter, completing a 73-yard pass and run. Kicker Sage Smeltz found her rhythm and completed the extra point. The Hurricanes did get on the board before the quarter ended, with Connor Goehring making a 77-yard run off of the kickoff. The extra point by Felty was wide to the left. The score at the end of the first was 13-6, Vikings.
The second half was a back-and-forth fight for touchdowns. The Vikings continued their dominating performance in the second quarter with a 60-yard kickoff return. Achenbach snuck into the end zone for another Viking touchdown. Smeltz laced the extra point. The Hurricanes answered right back with a score from freshman Niko Carestia. Haven then attempted a 2-point conversion but fell just short of the goal line. Williams Valley’s Achenbach continued racking up touchdowns with an 18-yard rush. The extra point was good. Haven’s Aiden Myers then ran 50 yards for a touchdown to keep the Hurricanes in the game. Felty made the extra point. As time began to wind down, Haven’s Leyden Hertz made two defensive plays in hopes to stop the Vikings from another score. Achenbach made a tough catch to set up his team first and goal and ultimately ran it in for a touchdown. The extra point attempt was clean and the half closed with the Vikings up 34-19.
The rest of the game was in complete control by the Vikings. Logan Williard completed a 21-yard pass and run for the first touchdown of the second half. Smeltz continued to dominate from extra point territory. The Hurricanes came up empty the rest of the game, scoring no other touchdowns. Ezi Hite blocked Felty’s punt and put the Vikings in position to score. Evans completed the play with a 10-yard touchdown pass from Whiteash. The Hurricanes could do nothing with the Vikings’ defense. The Vikings took over the game with the score 47-19.
The fourth quarter involved one major play, another Viking touchdown. Skylor Green completed the touchdown pass to seal the game and send the Hurricanes home.
After the game, I spoke with Williams Valley kicker, Sage Smeltz. I asked her what made her decide to become the kicker for her school’s football team. She told me that the athletic director reached out, asking if she and her sister were interested in kicking. They both tried it and liked it. I then asked what goes through her mind while attempting an extra point and she said, “I know the boys have my back. My job is to just focus on the ball.” To wrap up our talk, I asked how the environment around her makes her a better player and how the boys support her. She said, “They are very supportive, especially Quin. They all have my back, all the way down to blocking, snapping, and holding. Thanks to them I’m the best player I can be.” Keep following Sage and her team as they take on Minersville next week at Viking Stadium. The Hurricanes take on Tri-Valley at Rotary Field.
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