Vikings focus on routing Fairview

Published 12:00 am Monday, September 4, 2000


Monday, September 04, 2000

ASHLAND, Ky. – Now, ya got your good cameras, and ya got your automatic cameras, and then ya got your disposable cameras. But the one thing they all have in common is they all have to be focused to work right.

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Symmes Valley Vikings head coach Herb Conley had his team focused, then saw it go a little blurry, then refocus in a 41-0 rout of the Fairview Eagles Saturday night at Putnam Stadium.

"We started off the game well, but we lost focus for about a six minute period," Conley said. "After the half, we played with more enthusiasm and got our focus back. We improved, but we still have a long way to go."

The focus of Fairview’s attention was running back Brad Carpenter. By the end of the night, Carpenter seemed like a blur to the Eagles as he rushed 13 times for 194 yards and scored three touchdowns, one on a 69-yard punt return.

"Brad had a good game. He ran the ball well. On the punt return, we couldn’t ask for anything to go better. Brad did what we wanted and so did our blockers," Conley said.

The Vikings offense generated 352 yards – all on the ground – while the defense limited the Eagles to a mere 43 yards rushing and 16 passing.

"Our offensive line did better and our backs ran better, but we still have to work hard in practice and get better," Conley said.

Carpenter got the scoring started early with a 23-yard run to make it 6-0.

The Vikings drove for their second touchdown with Billy McCarty doing the honors from 3 yards out. Chris Lafon threw to Jarod Leffingwell for the conversion.

The next scoring drive didn’t take long: Carpenter on an 85-yard gallop. Adam Corn kicked the point after and it was 21-0.

Symmes Valley’s only score of the second quarter was Carpenter’s punt return that pushed the lead to 27-0 at the half.

Joseph Patterson got the second half scoring underway with a 15-yard touchdown run and it was 33-0.

Drew Hunt, who had a net 61 yards rushing for the game, ran 62 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter to complete the scoring.

Besides Carpenter and Hunt, Patterson added 48 yards on seven attempts.

Symmes Valley, 1-1, now prepares to host Chesapeake on Friday night.

"Chesapeake is a very athletic team that can score from anywhere on the field. And they have so much speed on defense that they eliminate the big play," Conley said.