The Falcons (2-1) traveled to Stanton Friday night to face the Vikings (3-1) who had been putting some big points on the board with their 1 loss at the hands of the Ar-We-Va Rockets by the margin of 2 points, the Vikings on the narrow side of a 44-42 score.
The Falcons would not be surprised ... and were expecting an aerial attack that had netted the Vikings 16 TD's before this meeting. In the air the Vikings had accomplished a 44% completion rate and a total of 850 yards in that department while their ground game had put them in the end zone 9 times while totaling 740 yards for the season. Viking top receivers Johnson, Rocha, and Anderson had plucked 14, 12, and 8 passes out in the flat off the arm of sophomore Quarterback Keygan Day: who was very adept at mixing up the play action and would prove to be a different dimension for the Falcon defense.
The Falcons could not counter or adjust to the Vikings intentions. The Vikings came to play and they played their game: leaving the Falcons with that 'deer in the headlights' look, while proficiently executing their ground and passing attack.
The Falcons did show a few flashes in the game Friday night as Seth Sheriff got off 2 big punts to set the Vikings back 40 and 45 yards and the offence marched down field on a couple of possessions, using their 'smash mouth' run over the defense game ... but then could not take the last step into the end zone.
My unofficial stat tallies and observations include play by Stetson Baker and Hunter Clark; Clark played bigger than his stats would indicate and ran for 20 yards, was on the receiving end of a 12 yard pass completion and also making 6 tackles and numerous assists. Baker grabbed a 30-yard pass for a big gain, and got into the end zone for 6 on a 5 yard run. Brooks Jacobson was on the receiving end of a 27-yard pass from Blake Moore, Jacobson also played under center while getting the Falcons into the red zone and perfectly executed an option sweep and pitch to Baker for the TD. Chase Kiefer brought his tall game, rushing for 147 total yards on 29 carries; passing for 15 yards, returning a kickoff for 70 yards and a TD, and scoring 3 more TD's with runs of 5, 6, and 35 yards.
The Vikings answered with big gains in the air and on the ground that had the Falcons on their heels most of the night keeping the Falcon offence and defense timidly reacting to the Viking game plan.
Falcon Pride ...We are looking forward to the Falcons getting back to action and turning it loose in the game this Friday night as Bedford comes to Epperly Field for the Falcon Homecoming.
Falcons drop to 2-2 for the season, losing to Stanton (4-1) 64-32. See you at the game.