Vikings rout Greyhounds

Published 1:49 am Monday, September 17, 2012

Jim Walker


WILLOW WOOD — The Symmes Valley Vikings’ running game was front and center.

The Vikings rushed 41 times for 568 yards en route to a 62-6 pasting of the Manchester Greyhounds on Friday.

A total of 11 different players carried the ball led by Alec Herrell with 141 yards and two touchdowns on just six carries. Kyle Vallance ran only three times for 105 yards and a score while backup Brandon Craft rushed four times for 99 yards and two scores.

The key to the running game was the offensive line of center Caleb Holderby, guards Jacob Easthom and Phillip Combs and Tyler Celeski, tackles Kyle Wells and Tyler Dement and Shawn Crisp, and ends Austin Baldwin, Jacob Graybeal and Michael Cremeans.

“Our offensive line did a good job again. Every week they’re getting the job done,” said Vikings’ coach Rusty Webb.

After losing 29-22 to Chesapeake last week, the Vikings bounced back and improved to 3-1.

“We were very pleased with the way our kids responded. They took a workman-like attitude toward this game. They bounced back well,” said Webb.

Tyler Dement forced a fumble on the opening kickoff and the Vikings recovered at their own 40. Four plays later Herrell raced 46 yards for the score and Tyler Ferguson kicked the first of eight extra points for a 7-0 lead.

After a punt, the Vikings went 45 yards in three plays with Tanner Mays scoring on a 22-yard run and it was 14-0.

The next score came quickly as Vallance bolted 77 yards to make it 21-0 just before the end of the first quarter.

Symmes Valley recovered another fumble and went 79 yards in five plays with Herrell darting 40 yards to make it 28-0.

Tyler Rowe had a 1-yard scoring run and Mays went 6 yards for a touchdown to cap the first half scoring and it was 34-0.

Craft recovered a fumble at the 14-yard line and three plays later he went 9 yards for a touchdown and it was 41-0.

Trent Thompson recovered another fumble and the Vikings went 73 yards on four plays as Collin Webb finished the drive with a 30-yard run.

Craft’s 43-yard touchdown run gave the Vikings a 62-0 lead with 4:05 left.

The Greyhounds (0-4) avoided a shutout when Timmy Jones ran 45 yards with 1:16 left.

Michael Cremeans had an interception at the end of the first half for Symmes Valley.

The Vikings host Racine Southern next Friday on homecoming night.

Manchester 0 0 0 6 = 6

Symmes Valley 21 20 7 14 = 62

First Quarter

SV — Alec Herrell 46 run (Tyler Ferguson kick) 10:43

SV — Tanner Mays 22 run (Tyler Ferguson kick) 7:56

SV — Kyle Vallance 77 run (Tyler Ferguson kick) 2:36

Second Quarter

SV — Alec Herrell 40 run (Tyler Ferguson kick) 10:26

SV — Tyler Rowe 1 run (Tyler Ferguson kick) 8:35

SV — Tanner Mays 6 run (run failed on bad snap) 2:34

Third Quarter

SV — Brandon Craft 9 run (Tyler Ferguson kick) 6:45

Fourth Quarter

SV — Collin Webb 30 run (Tyler Ferguson kick) 10:07

SV — Brandon Craft 43 run (Tyler Ferguson kick) 4:05

Ma — Timmy Jones 45 run (kick failed) 1:16

Man SV

First downs 10 18

Rushes-yards 30-163 41-568

Passing yards 63 0

Total yards 226 568

Cmp-Att-Int 4-10-1 0-2-0

Fumbles-lost 3-3 1-1

Penalty-yards 3-15 3-15

Punts-average 4-17.5 0-00.0

Individual Leaders

RUSHING—Manchester: Brandon Saunders 17-94, Tim Jones 1-45; Symmes Valley: Alec Herrell 6-141, Tanner Mays 5-31, Austin Owens 3-32, Kyle Vallance 3-105, Tyler Rowe 3-7, Quinton Bare 2-35, Dustin Holbrook 2-12, Derek Smith 6-45, Trent Thompson 3-6, Brandon Craft 4-99, Collin Webb 4-54.

PASSING—Manchester: Jordan Freeman 4-10-1 63; Symmes Valley: Tyler Rowe 0-2-0.

RECEIVING—Manchester: Daniel Brinker 3-62, David Hernandez 1-1; Symmes Valley: None.