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Vikings ground up Tornadoes, 39-13

WILLOW WOOD — Imagine what the Symmes Valley Vikings might do when they get a little more relaxed.

The Vikings amassed 433 total yards including 344 on the ground as they opened the season with a 39-13 rout of the Racine Southern Tornadoes Friday.

“We played well. We may have taken them lightly, but hopefully we got our first game jitters out,” said Vikings’ coach Rusty Webb. “Being able to roll up 344, I thought our offensive line did a good job up front.”

Evan Herrell ran seven times for 107 yards and two touchdowns and also caught a touchdown pass to lead the Vikings’ offense.

Hunter Boggs scored three touchdowns and the Vikings’ first team defense held Southern to minus yards rushing.

Zach Beegle led Southern with 76 yards rushing on 21 carries, but he lost 50 yards in sacks or tackles for a loss.

“Our defensive front played better. We were able to get pressure on their quarterback,” said Webb.

The Vikings got off to a great start by recovering the opening kickoff. Five plays later Boggs scored on an 8-yard run to cap the 30-yard drive and Eli Ash’s conversion kick made it 7-0.

Herrell caught a 62- yard scoring strike from Cody Myers as the Vikings went 65 yards in just three plays to take a 14-0 first quarter lead.

Boggs had a 2-yard touchdown run and it was 20-0, but Beegle threw a 40-yard pass to John Gray and set up his own 5-yard scoring run as Southern cut the deficit to 20-6.

But the Vikings answered with a time consuming 80-yard, 13- play drive capped by Boggs’ 1-yard run and Ash’s kick put the lead at 27-6 at the break.

Following a short kickoff to start the second half, Herrell bolted 55 yards on the first play and it was 33-6.

Symmes Valley then put together a six-play, 53-yard drive that started in the third quarter and ended with 11:23 to play as Herrell raced 24 yards for the touchdown and it was 39-6.

Beegle ran 38 yards for a touchdown against the Vikings’ second unit and added the conversion run with 9:33 left to set the final score.

Southern 0 6 0 7 = 13

Symmes Valley 14 13 6 6 = 39

First Quarter

SV — Hunter Boggs 8 run (Eli Ash kick) 11:02

SV — Evan Herrell 62 pass from Cody Myers (Eli Ash kick) 6:53

Second Quarter

SV — Hunter Boggs 2 run (kick failed) 10:03

RS — Zach Beegle 5 run (kick blocked) 8:53

SV — Hunter Boggs 1 run (Eli Ash kick) 2:23

Third Quarter

SV — Evan Herrell 55 run (kick failed) 11:37

Fourth Quarter

SV — Evan Herrell 24 run (kick failed) 11:23

RS — Zach Beegle 38 run (Beegle run) 9:53

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RS SV

First downs 8 17

Rushes-yards 31-87 46-344

Passing yards 68 89

Total yards 153 433

Cmp-Att-Int 5-7-0 4-9-0

Fumbles-lost 3-2 3-2

Punts-average 6-35.0 0-00.0

Penalties-yards 6-48 7-55

Individual Leaders

RUSHING-Southern: Zach Beegle 21-76; Symmes Valley: Cody Myers 8-44, Jacob Patterson 7-43, Hunter Boggs 8-37, D.J. Miller 5-64, Evan Herrell 7-107, Alex Herrell 2-16, Austin Owens 1-1, C.J. Blankenship 1-6, Kyle Vallance 2-8, Tyler Rowe 5-18.

PASSING-Southern: Zach Beegle 5-7-0 68; Symmes Valley: Cody Myers 4-9-0 89.

RECEIVING-Southern: John Gray 1-40; Symmes Valley: Evan Herrell 1-62, C.J. Blankenship 1-4, Hunter Boggs 1-10, Jacob Patterson 1-13.

MISSED FIELD GOALS: None.