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Late interception ends Vikings comeback, Loyalsock hangs on to win 35 to 29 !

Tagged under: District 11, District 4, Gameday Hub, News

| September 24, 2022


Davion Hill(RB-CB)-Loyalsock Lancers

Fall has arrived as the night was cool, with a slight breeze in the valley of Williamstown. You could smell it in the air, a good high school football game was about to unfold between two schools that will have met for the first time. Neither team knew much about each other, other than what they could gather up on film. Jokingly, Vikings Head Coach Tim Savage went on to say, he hoped they only got to watch tape from last weeks loss to Minersville. It didn’t look that way at the beginning of the game as the Lancers would get the opening kickoff and immediately go to work on the Vikings defense when Lancer quarterback Tyler Gee connected with Cy Cavanaugh for 38 yards to give the Lancers a first and ten at the Viking 5. One play later, Davion Hill would bulldoze his way pass the line and put Loyalsock in front 7 to 0 early in the first. It wouldn’t be too long for the Lancers to get the ball back when the Vikings would fumble after the reception was made. On the very next play however, the Vikings would get the ball by way of the fumble when the pass from Gee would be complete only to see Jaylen Andrews fumble it away. Williams Valley would take it to the air with a little halfback pass from Alex Achenbach to a wide-open receiver only to see the pass just barely miss long. On the ensuing possession for the Lancers, it would only take five plays to extend the lead to 14 to 0 when Tyler Gee would take it in himself from 12 yards out with 7:20 still to go in the opening quarter. After that score, it seemed like Williams Valley started to settle in on defense, stopping the Lancers on their next possession, a big sack for a loss by the Vikings defense would force Loyalsock to punt. Another deep pass from Achenbach to another wide-open receiver was overthrown and another opportunity was lost as the Vikings would have to punt once again.

Loyalsock would start to turn it up a notch scoring quickly, and early in the second quarter when Davion Hill would score his second of the game, but not before two big receptions by Jaylen Andrews for 69 yards, would have the Lancers down to the Vikings 6 yard line, when Hill would take it in on with a run on the following play. The Lancers weren’t done yet, the next score would see quarterback Tyler Gee connect with Jaylen Andrews for 63 yards and the score to add to their lead, making the score 27 to 0 with just under 6 minutes to go until halftime. Williams Valley would finally put together some offense when they would go 65 yards on 9 plays, scoring on a touchdown run by senior Logan Williard from 1 yard out just before halftime with :27 seconds to go, eventually the halftime score. Just what the team needed as they had the momentum on their side, knowing they receive the kickoff to begin the second half.

Coming out of the locker room, Coach Savage said, I told them, in big games like this, “we just can’t have our best players letting us down, we gave up some big plays on the back end, in our secondary, it’s my best guys at these positions that are struggling, and that’s what we need to fix”, Savage would continue to say. The players heard the message loud and clear and it showed to start the second half when stud running back Alex Achenbach would lead the way, busting loose for 37 yards and a quick score just 4 plays into the half, a two-point conversion would cut the lead to 27 to 14 Lancers in front. Williams Valley defense came out pumped up as well, holding the Lancers to a 3 and out, forcing the punt and the Vikings were back in action from their 23 yard line. Isaac Whiteash would start the drive by hitting Brady Evans, another big player coach was referring to at the half, would come up big with a 33 yard reception, into Lancer territory. A few plays, and four rushes later by Achenbach for a total of 22 yards on the ground and a hold by the Lancers would give the Vikings the ball at the Loyalsock 7, setting up another Williams Valley touchdown to close the gap to just 5, trailing 27 to 22. The Vikings defense, still pumped would force yet another punt by the Lancers, giving Williams Valley the opportunity to take its first lead of the game, Vikings ball at the Lancer 45 with just over 2 minutes to go in the quarter. Loyalsock almost got a gift when Davion Hill came close to picking off the Whiteash pass for an easy pick-6 but just missed.

In the final quarter of play, the score still 27 to 22 Loyalsock, the Lancers had possession and would score again to extend the lead back to 13, 35 to 22 when quarterback Tyler Gee and Davion Hill would take charge once again, leading the way, driving 66 yards on 6 plays, finished off with Hill recording his third score of the game, this time from 2 yards out. A turnover on downs forced by the Vikings defense would give Williams Valley back some life. Two runs by Achenbach for 11 yards, and a BIG pass interference penalty on the Lancers defense sparked the Vikings offense on the next play when Whiteash would throw a dart to Achenbach, and Alex would turn and run towards the endzone for 45 yards and the touchdown, his third of the game, cutting the lead back down to 5, 35 to 29 with just 3:39 to go in the game. Williams Valley would get one more chance late in the final quarter when the defense would force another turnover on downs for the Lancers with 1:18 to play in the game. With :20 seconds to go, Williams Valley would take one last shot down field, with Whiteash looking for a target but had to throw it up and pray, unfortunately for the Vikings, the big defender Jaylen Andrews came up HUGH with the pick to secure the victory for the Lancers, giving them a 4-1 record.

Up next for the Vikings, Williams Valley now (3-2), will travel to St. Clair to take on the Green Wave of Nativity BVM-(2-3).

Up Next for the Lancers(4-1), at home at Kenneth M Robbins Stadium against (2-3)-Central Columbia.

STAT STAR: Davion Hill-RB Loyalsock 145+yards rushing 3(TDS), 90+yards receiving !


Coaches Post-Game Talk:

Williams Valley – Tim Savage

Loyalsock – Justin Van Fleet

Lancers Player(s): Davion Hill, and Jaylen Andrews

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