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Vikings continue to struggle

  • Written by Don Mann
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You don’t see this a lot: Viking guard Josh Koukal rumbles for a first down after catching a tipped pass in the second quarter. Staff photo/Don Mann.
Inglemoor senior lineman Titus Makasini delivered an inspired rendition of the ceremonial Haka dance to fire up the home crowd prior to the game, but the Viking football team delivered little else on the gridiron over the next two-plus hours, receiving a 36-9 drubbing from visiting Meadowdale at Pop Keeney Stadium in an unusual Thursday home opener.

The Vikings, now 0-2, have thus far been outscored 59-16, losing badly to two Class 3A teams.

Things started well for Inglemoor after they won the coin toss and opted to kick off, with a  15-yard penalty by Meadowdale and a sack by Jake Jones placing the Mavericks in a precarious 3rd-and-38.

But Meadowdale completed a 27-yard pass to make it 4th-and-11, and then completed another one for 29 yards to make it 1st-and-10 at Inglemoor’s 15 yard line.

They would kick a 26-yard field goal to score on their first drive to make it 3-zip.

On its ensuing possession, Inglemoor worked it down to the 16-yard line, and with 4th-and-1 opted for the field goal to tie it up.

The Viking kicker missed wide right, a harbinger of things to come.

After a superb punt from Willie Augustavo, on 2nd-and 8 from its 18-yard line, the Meadowdale quarterback Brian Marty saw one-on-one coverage on the right side and found receiver Tyler McGuire for a stunning pitch-and-catch for an 82-yard touchdown, making it 10-zip.

When Brandon Edwards, plugged in temporarily for starting quarterback Hans Fortune, threw the ball in the ground under pressure in the end zone, it was called for a safety and became a 12-0 game.

Inglemoor, behind Fortune again, would kick a field goal as Augustavo’s knuckleball boot would just get above the crossbar to make it a 12-3 lead at the half and give the home team life and some hope.

It was the Vikings first score since the first quarter at Jaunita.

Inglemoor received the second half kick and methodically worked it to midfield.

Then Fortune, under pressure and running to his right on a 2nd-and-9, flipped a ball to midfield that was picked off easily and run back to the house to make it 19-3 Meadowdale two minutes into the second half.

After the Vikings, on their next possession, gave it over on downs, the Mavericks marched downfield and kicked another field goal to make it 22-3 with two minutes left in the third quarter.

Inglemoor managed to produce a 12-play drive, resulting in a 3-yard touchdown burst by Jones to make it 22-9 with six minutes left in the contest.

An obvious onside kick was recovered easily by Meadowdale, and they scored twice more on long gainers in the remaining four minutes as the Viking defense failed to wrap up, with the Mavericks looking only to run out the clock.

Inglemoor was shredded by the big play all night, allowing an 82-yard pass for a touchdown, a 55-yard interception return for a touchdown, and 66 and 36-yard runs for touchdowns.

The Vikings ride the bus to Tumwater this Friday, before matching up at Pop Keeney against Woodinville in its KingCo opener on Sep. 21.

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