The Vikings had a tough loss at West Morris Central this past night. The following is the game recap provided by Susan Donnelly.
Opening game of the Vikings Football Season took place at West Morris High School on the evening of Friday, September 11.
The Vikings defense worked hard forcing West Morris to punt on 4th down and 12 on their first possession. The Vikings started their attack on their own 5 yard line. Alex Lerman, Wilson Done and Jared Salgado were all involved to move the ball down the field. Nick Verducci ran for a 1st down near the end of the first quarter.
End of 1st quarter – no score
The Vikings pressed on to open the second quarter but turned the ball over on downs. West Morris marched down the field for a Touch Down and PAT.
Vikings 0 – West Morris 7.
Par Hills started their next drive from their own 20 yard line. The Vikings ran a few plays before a fumble was recovered by West Morris on the Viking 36 yard line. West Morris continued their running attack until they crossed the goal line on a QB keeper.
Vikings 0 – West Morris 14
The Vikings next possession resulted in a punt after 3 plays. Nick Ho had a strong punt forcing West Morris to start in Vikings territory. The Vikings defense did their job and West Morris did not score on this possession.
End of the half - Vikings 0 – West Morris 14
To start the 2nd half, the Vikings were successfully moving the ball from one end of the field to the other (60 yard drive). West Morris held tough and the Vikings turned over on downs on the West Morris 20 yard line.
West Morris pressed on but the Vikings showed their toughness and determination and forced West Morris to punt.
Par Hills started their next drive from their own 16 yard line but were forced to punt after 3 plays.
End of 3rd quarter - Vikings 0 – West Morris 14
West Morris started the 4th quarter on the Vikings 38 yard line. The Vikings defense was tough and John Stampone batted down a pass in the end zone. West Morris attempted a field goal and the kick was wide right. Par Hill took over on the 20 yard line. The Vikings were stopped by West Morris and punted. West Morris ran the ball several times and scored a TD. Vikings 0 – West Morris 21.
After the West Morris kick-off, the Vikings moved the ball well. Nick Verducci ran the ball on several plays on this drive resulting in successive first downs. The Vikings were poised to score but a fumble in the end zone was recovered by West Morris resulting in a Touch Back.
West Morris ran several plays, running precious time off the clock.
Final Score: West Morris 21 - Vikings 0.
On the offensive side of the ball: Nick Verducci was 13 for 17 for 129 yards passing and 63 yards on 6 rushing attempts. Wilson Done had 70 yards on 12 carries. Alex Lerman led the receivers with 5 receptions and 58 yards.
Defensively, the Vikings were lead by Jared Salgado with 12 tackles and Marco Falivene and Vincent Bianchi with 10 tackles each with an excellent defensive series in the 2nd half being responsible for 4 or more tackles in a row. Dylan McDonald had 7 tackles.
9/18/15 Home vs. Vernon
It goes without saying that Friday night was an amazing night. Absolutely gorgeous weather for the first ever Friday Night Lights on new turf at PHHS. The evening began with the ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open the field for football. Perhaps just as important, Viking Nation came dressed in Gold to support Sean, Emma, and all the children battling cancer. Those who volunteered did an amazing job. Your help was very much appreciated. All your efforts made everything go so smoothly.
The following game recap is provided by Susan Donnelly:
Since both teams were named Vikings to make this easier to read, I will refer to PHHS as the Vikings (as it should be) and Vernon will be Vernon.
The Vikings and Vernon held tough and neither team was able to score on their initial drives. Late in the 1st quarter, Vernon was deep in their own territory when Ryan Hill sacked the Vernon QB. On a 3rd and 16 play, Vernon made a reception and run after the catch for a touchdown followed by the Point after…making the score 7-0. Vernon kicked off to Ryan Hill who ran the ball for 25 yards. The Vikings were striking to end the first quarter. Vernon 7 – Vikings 0
Vikings started the 2nd quarter by continuing to move the ball towards the goal but just as the Vikings were poised to put points on the board, the Vikings were intercepted. Vernon took over on the 3 yard line. The Vikings defense got tough and prevented Vernon from getting a first down. This stand was punctuated with a QB sack by Dylan McDonald. Vernon punted to Alex Lerman who ran for 25 yards. This set up the QB keeper, Nick Verducci, for a touchdown from the 11 yard line and PAT. Vernon 7 – Vikings 7. Vernon’s next possession consisted primarily of running plays, since most of the passes were incomplete. The Vikings defense buckled down as Vernon closed in on the goal line. Vernon was denied and turned the ball over on downs. The Vikings offense was ignited. The Vikings continued to make positive yardage highlighted by a rush by Marco Falivene carrying the ball with 4 defenders trying to bring him down. The drive was capped off with Jared Salgado catching a screen pass and running the ball into the endzone. Touchdown with PAT made the score Vernon 7 – Vikings 14. Vernon was unable to get a drive going and after a QB sack by Jared Salgado, Vernon was forced to punt on a 4th and 15. The Vikings started with good field position but Vernon recovered a Viking fumble to give Vernon a chance to score before the end of the half. Vernon tried a pass down the field, but Tristan Nichols would have none of that and intercepted the pass. The Vikings kept the ball to end the half.
At the half, Vernon 7 – Vikings 14
3rd quarter opened with Vernon successfully completing a few first downs but again the Viking defense was too tough to handle forcing a punt. Vikings took over deep in their own territory. The Vikings moved the ball with a mix of pass and run. With a first down on the Vernon 49, Nick Verducci ran for a 1st down. The Vikings continued to press forward and as their neared the end zone, Dylan McDonald ran the ball in for a TD. With PAT, score was Vernon 7 – Vikings 21. The Vikings were pumped and were not looking back. Vernon was stopped before they could get a drive going with a tackle in the backfield by Ryan Hill. Vernon eventually punted giving the Vikings excellent field position. With the Vikings threatening, the 3rd quarter came to an end.
4th quarter, Dylan McDonald and Nick Verducci ran the ball with Dylan scoring the touchdown to end the drive (followed by the PAT). Score Vernon 7 – Vikings 28. Vernon was up against a wall. They could not get a drive going. When they did threaten, the Vikings dominated stopping the drive. The Vikings were not content with the lead so they pressed forward. The Vikings used the pass play much more on this drive with positive results. On a 4th down and 6, the Vikings, Cormac Bradley, successfully completed a 41 yard field goal! (if not a school record, it should be). Score Vernon 7 – Vikings 31
The Vikings played hard on defense giving Vernon no choice but to punt. Vikings took over and ran the ball until time expired.
Final Score VIKINGS 31 - Vernon 7
Nick Verducci passing - 14/21 for 186 yards
Marco Falivene led all rushers with 12 carries for 125 yards
Kevin Nikiel 4 receptions for 58 yards
Alex Lerman 6 receptions for 61 yards
Ryan Hill led the defense with 7 tackles (3 Solo/4 Assists)
Tristan Nichols 1 interception
Thanks to Susan Donnelly for providing the recap.
Par Hill Vikings hosted Pope John Lions on Thursday, 9/24 at 7pm.
For those who noticed, Ryan Hill was wearing #36 for this game. With Marco Falivene injured, Ryan was wearing a “ball handlers” number in case an extra running back was needed.
The Vikings won the toss and chose to defer to the 2nd Half. The Vikings kicked off to the Lions to start the game. The Viking Defense was tough and continued to force punts on 4th downs for the Lions. The Lions held tough and did not give up yardage to the Viking Offense. Neither team was able to make progress until late in the first quarter. The Lions benefitted from good field position, receiving a punt on the Viking 40 yard line. The Lions continued to run the ball eventually running for a touchdown and PAT within the first quarter. Lions 7 – Vikings 0
In the second quarter, the Lions pressed on primarily running the ball. The Lions rushed for another touchdown and PAT. Lions 14 – Vikings 0
On the kickoff, the ball bounced and hit a Viking player and was recovered by the Lions on the Viking 17 yard line. On the next play, the Lions ran in for a touchdown and then the PAT. Lions 21. The Vikings Offense were focused after the kickoff and made progress down the field. During the drive, the Lions were penalized 15 yards for roughing the passer bringing the ball to the Lions 46 yard line. The Vikings continued to push forward getting as close as the 29 yard line but on a 4th and 7 were unable to convert for a first down. The Lions took over on downs. Viking Defense stood strong forcing a punt. The Lions punt was downed deep in Viking territory. The Vikings were not able to score and Nick Ho punted. A good punt with roll forcing the Lions to start their run from their own 17 yard line. The Lions had a great run and scored again on this drive.
At the Half: Lions 28 – Vikings 0
During the half time show, the field lights went out. A shout out to the Marching Band for continuing to play and march even in the dark. Also kudos to those who were able to get the lights back on in a timely fashion.
The Vikings started the second half deep in their own territory, after a good kick by the Lions. The Vikings were not able to penetrate the Lions Defensive line and were forced to punt. The Lions with good field position, rushed down the field eventually scoring another touchdown followed by a PAT. The Vikings began using the pass more than the run during the next drive but the Lions were tough and again Nick Ho needed to punt. The Lions ran the ball down field and scored again. Making the score 41 – 0. After the touchdown, the Lions attempted the PAT. Tommy Donnelly broke through the defense and blocked the kick. The Lions kicked off to Alex Lerman, who had a good return almost breaking through for a sure touchdown but was brought down on the sideline on the Lions 45. During this drive, the Vikings successfully converted a 4th down and 4 into a first down with run by QB, Nick Verducci. With the Vikings faced with another 4th and long, Nick Verducci ran the ball again but was tackled short of the first down. The Lions took over on downs. The Lions ran the ball and once they converted for a first down, they simply worked the rest of the time off the clock to end the game.
Final Score: Pope John Lions 41 – VIKINGS 0
The Vikings played hard from the opening kickoff to the final whistle.
Nick Verducci Passing – 17/23 for 59 yards
Wilson Done Led all rushers with 11 carries for 28 yards
Kevin Nikiel Led all receivers with 3 receptions for 34 yards
Dylan McDonald Led the defense with 11 tackles (5 Solo/6 Assists)
Jared Salgado 9 tackles (5 Solo/4 Assists)
Ryan Hill 8 tackles (5 Solo/3 Assists)
Vinnie Bianchi 1 fumble recovery
Nick Ho 7 punts for 220 yards (54 yard longest)
Alex Lerman Kickoff returns 2 for 87 yards (65 longest return)
Tommy Donnelly 1 blocked extra point
The next game is on Saturday, 10/3 at 2:30PM at Morris Hills High School in Rockaway.
10/3 - Game Summary
Thank you to Susan Donnelly for providing the following game recap.
Morris Hills Scarlet Knights hosted the Par Hill Vikings on Saturday, 10/3/15 at 2:30pm.
Prior to the start of the game, a moment of silence was conducted to honor the young man, Evan Murray #18 of Warren Hills High School who recently passed away. May he rest in peace.
The Vikings received the kickoff from the Knights to start the game. Wilson Done returned the kickoff to the Vikings 34 yard line. On 3rd and 9 of the opening drive, QB Nick Verducci ran the ball for a first down. The Vikings continued to run the ball and on a 4th and 3, Coach Albano called for a ‘trick play’. Nick Ho was in position to punt the ball from the Knights 45 yard line, but instead the ball was snapped directly to Jared Salgado who ran for the first down on the Knights 27 yard line. The Vikings were progressing forward primarily running the ball. The Vikings were on the 9 yard line but the Knights held strong and the Vikings were forced to attempt a field goal. The kick was wide right, the Knights took over on downs. The Knights could not convert a first down and were forced to punt on a 4th and 7. The Vikings Offense was back on the field. On a 3rd and 1 play, Jared Salgado rushed and broke through the Knights Defense for a first down and more (down to the Knights 16 yard line). The Vikings were threatening moving the ball closer to the goal line, when on a second and goal, the Vikings fumbled on the hand-off. The ball was recovered by the Knights on the 16 yard line. During the Knights rushing drive, the Vikings Defense led by Jared Salgado sacked the QB for loss, leaving the Knights with a 3rd and 17 with seconds to go in the 1st Quarter. The Knights punted on 3rd down. The first quarter ended with no score.
The Vikings started their offensive drive on the Knights 46 yard line. Wilson Done rushed for a first down to start the 2nd quarter. On a 2nd and 13, Marco Falivene caught a pass from Nick Verducci for a first down on the 14 yard line. On 2nd and 10, Jared Salgado took the hand-off and ran for a touchdown. Cormac Bradley kicked the PAT. Vikings 7 – Scarlet Knights 0.
Following the kick-off, the Knights started from their own 25 yard line. The Knights ran for a first down but followed that with an offensive holding penalty and were then in a 1st and 20 situation. The Knights fumbled, the ball was recovered by Russell Hohn. The Vikings took over but struggled to gain a first down. Nick Ho punted on a 4th and 3. The Knights continued to press using the running the game. The Viking Defense was relentless making tackles behind the line of scrimmage culminating with a Jared Salgado QB sack on a 4th and 5. The Vikings took over on the 20 yard line. The first play of the drive, Wilson Done ran for 30 yards to midfield. Nick Ho caught a pass for another first down. Nick Verducci continued to pass successfully completing 2 to Alex Lerman which resulted in a first down. In the same drive, Nick Verducci threw another pass to Nick Ho who weaved his way to a first down on the 5 yard line. The Knights recovered a Viking fumble. During this Knights drive, Ryan Hill broke through and sacked the QB for a 5 yard loss. This was followed by an interception by Alex Lerman. The Vikings handed off to Wilson Done to end the half with no further scoring.
Halftime: Vikings 7 – Knights 0
The Knights received the kick-off and started their drive from their own 23 yard line. The Knights made good progress down the field gaining first downs to keep the drive alive. The Viking Defense was fierce and stood strong in the Red Zone. Vinnie Bianchi made a tackle at the line of scrimmage. Ryan Hill sacked the QB again. Although the Knights did convert a first down, they fumbled the ball on the next play. Marco Falivene recovered the fumble on the Vikings 15 yard line. The Viking Offense continued toward midfield but were stopped on the 46. Nick Ho punted into the end zone on a 4th and 3 play. The Knights again forced to start deep in their own territory. End of 3rdquarter, Vikings 7 – Knights 0
The Knights continued with their drive to start the 4th quarter. The Knights threatened with a big run bringing them to the Viking 17 yard line. On a 3rd and 5 play, the Knights fumbled again and Vinnie Bianchi recovered the ball on the 15. The Vikings continued to mix passing and running plays when a fumble occurred about mid-field giving the Knights another chance to score. The Knights ran the ball moving closer to the goal while the Vikings Defense held tough. On a 4th and 2, the Knights ran the ball but were forced out of bounds by Tommy Donnelly before making the first down. The Vikings took over on their own 12 yard line. Jared Salgado ran for a first down. After several more running plays, Nick Verducci completed a pass to Alex Lerman who ran for a touchdown (70 yard play). The ball was wet and a bad snap left Cormac Bradley with no chance for the PAT. Vikings 13 – Knights
The Knights needed to score, they worked quickly but the Viking Defense was strong and on a 1st and 10 from the 35 yard line, Alex Lerman again picked off the Knights QB. The Vikings ran the ball to work time off the clock. After 3 successive first down plays, Nick Verducci took a knee to close out the game.
Final Score VIKINGS 13 – Knights 0
Nick Verducci Passing – 13/20 for 180 yards
Jared Salgado Led all rushers with 8 carries for 106 yards
Wilson Done Second leading rusher with 12 carries for 70 yards
Alex Lerman Led all receivers with 6 receptions for 112 yards
Russell Hohn, Marco Falivene, and Vinnie Bianchi all recovered fumbles
Ryan Hill and Jared Salgado each had 2 sacks
Jared Salgado Led the defense with 16 tackles (7 Solo/ 9 Assists)
Dylan McDonald 12 Tackles (6 Solo/ 6 Assists)
Nick Ho 2 punts (longest 44 yards)
Par Hills Vikings hosted High Point Wildcats on Saturday, 10/10/15 at 1pm – PHHS HOMECOMING!
The Vikings kicked off to the Wildcats who caught the ball and ran forward to the 34 yard line to open the game. One the first offensive play by the Wildcats, Ryan Hill made a tackle in the backfield. After 2 more unsuccessful attempts to get a first down, the Wildcats punted to Alex Lerman. The Vikings began their drive from the 42 yard line. A hand off to Wilson Done resulted in a first down on the first play but a holding penalty negated this gain. On a 3rd and 17, Nick Verducci threw a bomb to Alex Mucciolo (40 yards) resulting in a first down. The Vikings were now on the 20 yard line. On 3rd and 11, Nick Verducci passed to Alex Lerman who ran the ball in for a touchdown. Cormac Bradley (Mr. Surefoot) followed with the PAT to make the score Wildcats 0 – Vikings 7.
Cormac Bradley kicked off deep into Wildcat territory. The Wildcats started from their own 25 yard line. The Wildcats moved the ball well on this drive and on a 4th and inches they ran the ball up the middle to get the first down. At this point, the Wildcats were on the Viking 15 yard line, poised to tie up the score. They ran the ball and fumbled but the ball was recovered by the Wildcats. On a 3rd and 11, the Wildcats attempted a pass which was picked off by Alex Lerman. Vikings took over on the 12 yard line. On a 3rd and 6, Nick Verducci passed to Nick Ho (55 yards) for a first down on the 34 yard line. After a run play, Nick Verducci once again passed to Alex Lerman for a touchdown, followed by Cormac Bradley’s PAT. Wildcats 0 – Vikings 14
The Vikings kick off landed in the end zone for a touchback. The Wildcats began their drive from the 20 yard line when the 2nd quarter came to an end. The teams moved to the opposite end of the field to continue play. The Wildcats ran the ball on the next few plays when on a 3rd and 5, Ryan Hill sacked the Wildcats QB for a loss with assistance from Marco Falivene. The next play the Wildcats were forced to punt on a 4th and 12, the punt was caught at about midfield. Although the Vikings had great starting position for the drive, they had difficulty moving the ball forward and were forced to punt on 4th down. Nick Ho punted and pinned the Wildcats inside the 10 yard line. Again, the Wildcats moved the ball down field. The Wildcats primarily relied on running plays to move them across midfield when they committed an offensive holding penalty moving them back to the 47 yard line. On 4th and 12, they punted giving the Vikings the ball on the 48 yard line. To start this drive, Wilson Done received the first 2 hand-offs from Nick Verducci gaining some positive yards. On a 3rd and 4, Nick Verducci attempted a pass to Alex Mucciolo. Pass interference was called giving the Vikings a first down on the 29 yard line. The Vikings mixed run and pass plays spreading the ball around to several Vikings including Jared Salgado, Nick Ho, Matt Borecki, and Tristan Nichols. This drive culminated in another touchdown pass from Nick Verducci to Alex Lerman (excellent stretch to make the catch). Followed by Cormac Bradley’s PAT. Wildcats 0 – Vikings 21
The Wildcats received the kick off and on the first play from scrimmage, Ryan Hill sacked the Wildcat QB. After another play, time expired to end the half.
Halftime Wildcats 0 – VIKINGS 21
The 3rd quarter opened with Alex Lerman receiving the Wildcat kickoff. The Vikings continued to mix run and pass, with Wilson Done the primary running back for the drive. On a 4th and 5 from about midfield, Nick Ho dropped back to punt. The Wildcats receiver caught the ball followed by a punishing tackle by Billy Taylor. The receiver fumbled and Billy Taylor recovered the ball to give the Vikings another chance to score. Within the Red Zone, Jared Salgado ran the ball for a first and goal. Jared again carried the ball on 2nd down running up the middle to get to the 4 yard line. Wilson Done drove forward but was stopped on the 1 yard line. The Vikings attempted to cross the goal line again but were stopped by the Wildcats. The Wildcats took over on their own 1 yard line. The Wildcats pressed forward approaching midfield when Ryan Hill hit the QB resulting in a backward pass for a huge loss landing the Wildcats back to their own 28 yard line. The Vikings were relentless and kept backing up the Wildcats with tackles in the backfield or stops at the line of scrimmage. The 3rd quarter was over.
To start the 4th quarter, the Wildcats had 4th down and forever and had no choice but to punt from their end of the field. The Vikings started this drive from the 47 yard line. On a 2nd and 5, Nick Verducci passed to Nick Ho (26 yards), resulting in a first down on the 1 yard line. Wilson Done ran the ball in for touchdown followed by Cormac Bradley’s PAT (of course). Wildcats 0 – Vikings 28
The Wildcats started their drive (after the kickoff and return) from their 42 yard line. The Wildcats tried to run but were stopped by a Viking Horde. Attempted passes but were incomplete. On a 4th and 8, the Wildcats punted. The punt was essentially a line drive and an alert Tristan Nichols caught the ball before it could cross midfield. The Vikings had great field position to start the drive. After an offensive holding penalty, Nick Verducci handed off to Jimmy Bedoya, on a 1st and 17 play. Jimmy Bedoya ran in for another Viking touchdown, followed by Cormac Bradley’s PAT. Wildcats 0 – Vikings 35
Once a team has a 35 point lead, the clock runs continuously. The Wildcats received the kickoff and started their drive from their own 22 yard line and after 3 and out, they punted to the Vikings. Michael Bettelli took over as QB for this drive and handed off to Jimmy Bedoya for a 6 yard gain. The Vikings were not able to convert a first down on this drive and the Wildcats took over on the Vikings 30 yard line. The Wildcats ran the ball and after a few plays, scored a touchdown and PAT bringing the score to Wildcats 7 – Vikings 35 but now there was only 43 seconds left in the game. Vikings received the kickoff and took a knee to end the game victoriously.
Final Score Wildcats 7 – VIKINGS 35
Nick Verducci Completed 11/15 passes for 258 yards
Jimmy Bedoya Led rushers with 4 carries for 48 yards (longest run 40 yard gain)
Wilson Done 2nd leading rusher with 10 carries for 22 yards
Alex Lerman Led all receivers with 4 catches for 118 yards (longest was a 75 yard play)
Nick Ho 2nd leading receiver with 3 catches for 81 yards
Alex Mucciolo 1 catch for 40 yards
Ryan Hill 2 QB Sacks (for a total loss of 10 yards)
Alex Lerman 1 interception
Jared Salgado Led with a total of 10 tackles (4 Solo)
Dylan McDonald 7 tackles (6 Solo)
Billy Taylor 1 Fumble Recovery
Nick Ho 2 punts (total of 68 yards)
The next game is on Saturday, 10/17 at Montville High School at
– Let’s Go Vikings!
Montville Mustangs hosted the Par Hills Vikings on Saturday, 10/17/15 at 1pm in Montville!
The Viking’s Cormac Bradley kicked the opening kickoff into the Mustangs end zone resulting in a touchback. The Mustangs started their drive from their own 20 yard line. The Mustangs were unable to get a drive going and on a 4th down and 4 punted the ball out of bounds on the Mustang 31 yard line. The Vikings started with excellent field position. On a 3rd down play, Nick Verducci ran the ball for a 1st down on the 20 yard line. Wilson Done received the handoff and ran for 7 yards. On 4th and 2, the Vikings elected to kick for a field goal. Cormac Bradley split the up-rights to give the Vikings an early lead 3-0.
On a windy afternoon, Jimmy Bedoya was asked to hold the ball on the kick-off (it blew off the tee twice). Cormac Bradley kicked off to about the 7 yard line. The Mustangs advanced the ball to their own 20 yard line before Dylan McDonald tackled the receiver. On the first play after the kick-off, the Mustangs ran the ball but fumbled. The ball was recovered by Dylan McDonald on the 20 yard line. The Vikings struggled to get going on this drive but on a 3rd and 15, Nick Verducci passed to Nick Ho for a 12 yard gain. The Vikings would not settle for a field goal on this drive. On 4th and 3, Nick Verducci kept the ball and ran it in for a touchdown, followed by Cormac Bradley’s Point After.
Vikings 10 – Mustangs 0.
Cormac Bradley again kicked off with Jimmy Bedoya holding, to just short of the goal line. The Mustangs ran the ball to the 12 yard line before Dylan McDonald made the tackle. The Mustangs are primarily a running team and slowly moved the ball forward eventually getting a first down and threatening to gain another first. On 3rd and 4, Russell Hohn and Vinnie Bianchi jointly sacked the Mustang QB for a loss of 7 yards. On 4th and 11, the Mustangs had no choice but to punt. The punt was short and gave the Vikings the ball on the 48 yard line. The first play from scrimmage was a hand off to Wilson Done who broke through and ran to the 16 yard line. On 2nd and 8, the hand off was to Dylan McDonald who powered his way up the middle and into the end zone for a touchdown, followed by Cormac Bradley’s extra point. Vikings 17 – Mustangs 0
The next kick off landed in the end zone. The Mustangs started from their own 20 yard line. The Mustangs decided to try some passing plays on this drive. On a 3rd and 8, Jared Salgado got to the QB at the time he threw his pass. The Mustangs miraculously made the catch but did not convert for a 1st down. On 4thand 3, the Mustangs punted to the Vikings 37 yard line. Nick Verducci passed to Jared Salgado for a 9 yard gain to end the first quarter.
The Vikings continued their drive. After a few penalties, the Vikings were facing a 3rd and 14. Nick Verducci threw a screen pass to Jared Salgado who ran up the sideline for a first down. Dylan McDonald carried the ball for a few yards, followed by a Nick Verducci pass to Alex Lerman bringing the Vikings to the 27 yard line and another 1st down. On 2nd and 8, Nick Verducci passed again to Alex Lerman in the end zone for another Viking touchdown (followed by the extra point by Cormac Bradley). Vikings 24 – Mustangs 0
The Mustangs, after receiving the kick off, started their drive from their 33 yard line. They were able to get a first down after running the ball on a couple of plays. They attempted the pass again and on a 3rd and 6, the pass was broken up by Michael Bettelli forcing the Mustangs into a 4th and 6 on the 46 yard line. The Mustangs punt rolled into the end zone leading to a touchback. The Vikings were starting deep in their own territory for the first time of the day. The Vikings mixed run and pass plays. On 3rd and 6, Jared Salgado ran for a first down followed by a run by Dylan McDonald for another first down bringing the Vikings to midfield. On 2nd and 6, Nick Verducci passed to Marco Falivene for a 1st down in Mustang territory. On the next play, the Offensive Line made a whole to allow Wilson Done to run up the middle for yet another first down. Nick Verducci then completed a pass to Nick Ho to bring the Vikings within 20 yards of the goal (the Red Zone). The Mustangs thwarted the Vikings running game so the Vikings challenged with a pass play. Nick Verducci passed to Matt Borecki in the end zone for a Viking touchdown. On the extra point kick, a penalty was assessed on the Vikings forcing them to repeat the kick from the 20. The kick was no good (a rare occurrence). Vikings 30 – Mustangs 0
The kick off was returned by the Mustangs to the 38 yard line before being tackled by Ryan Hill. On a 3rd down play, the Mustangs rusher was smothered by the entire Viking Defense. This ended the 2nd quarter and the first half.
Half Time Score: VIKINGS 30 – Mustangs 0
The Mustangs opened the 3rd quarter with a kick off to Alex Lerman. Alex caught the ball at about the 5 yard line and ran to the 40. Dylan McDonald followed with a run for a first down crossing into Mustang territory. On 3rd and 8, Dylan McDonald again ran for a first down on the 29 yard line. After an offensive pass interference call, the Vikings were facing a 4th and 7. Nick Verducci threw a screen pass to Alex Lerman who ran for a first down and almost a touchdown but was forced out of bounds at the 4 yard line. On first and goal, Dylan McDonald barreled through the defensive line for a touchdown followed by the extra point. Vikings 37 – Mustangs 0 (as stated in last week’s notes….once a 35 point lead is attained, the clock runs continuously).
The Mustangs received the kick off deep in their own territory. On a 2nd and 9, the QB attempted a pass but Alex Mucciolo tipped it leading to an incomplete pass. On 4th down, the Mustangs punted. The punt was blocked and picked up by Jared Salgado. Jimmy Bedoya carried the ball on the next play followed by Zack Rubin who ran for a first down. Jimmy Bedoya carried several times but was stopped short of a first down. The Mustangs took over on downs to end the 3rd quarter. The Mustangs pressed forward from their own 3 yard line. After a personal foul penalty called on the Vikings, the Mustangs had a first down and nearing midfield. On 2nd and 8, the Mustangs were stripped of the ball which was recovered by Derrick Rogers. Michael Bettelli took over QB responsibilities on this Viking drive. Running plays split between Jimmy Bedoya and Zack Rubin continued to move the ball until the Mustangs stopped the Vikings just short of another first down. The Mustangs tried one last time to gain positive yards and avoid a shutout. The clock was running while the Mustangs ran the ball up the field. The Vikings were tough and prevented the Mustangs from getting to midfield. Clock expired.
Final Score: VIKINGS 37 – Mustangs 0
Nick Verducci Completed 11/17 passes for 155 yards
Dylan McDonald Led rushers with 10 carries for 88 yards
Wilson Done 2nd leading rusher with 9 carries for 63 yards
Alex Lerman Led all receivers with 5 catches for 66 yards
Vinnie Bianchi/Russell Hohn QB Sack
Derrick Rogers Fumble Recovery
20 separate Vikings were listed as making tackles (either solo or assist).
Total Team Effort!
Let’s Go Vikings!
The next game is on Saturday, 10/24 at Sparta High School at
– Viking Nation come out and cheer on these determined young men!
- Chatham Game Notes:
The Par Hills Vikings hosted the Chatham Cougars on Friday, 10/30/15 at 7pm
The Viking’s Cormac Bradley kicked off to the Cougar’s end zone for a touchback to start the 1st quarter. On the second play of the game the Cougars fumbled but recovered the ball. On 3rd and 2, the Cougars broke free and ran for first down on the Vikings 14 yard line. On 2nd and 10, the Cougars completed a pass in the end zone for a touchdown followed by the PAT. Cougars 7 – Vikings 0
The Cougars kicked off to Alex Lerman. The Vikings began with a running attack but on 3rd and 7 turned to the pass. Nick Verducci completed a pass to Jared Salgado for 6 yards, leaving the Vikings just short of a 1st down. On 4th and 1 on the Viking 27 yard line, Nick Ho punted the ball into Cougar territory. The Cougars ran the ball converting a 2nd and 6 into a first down. On 3rd and 4, the Cougars completed a screen pass and ran for another 1st down. The Vikings were flagged for a Personal Foul, 15 yard penalty, moving the Cougars to the Viking 17 yard line. On 3rd and 10, the Cougars completed a pass for a first down and goal. The Viking Defense did a great job of keeping the Cougars from getting into the end zone by rushing or passing. On 4th and 5, the Cougars kicked a Field Goal, bringing the score to Cougars 10 – Vikings 0
The Cougars kicked off to Vinnie Bianchi near midfield. After a false start on the Vikings, it was 1st and 15 on the 40. A running play moved the ball slightly. On second down, an incomplete pass. On 3rd and 12, Nick Verducci kept the ball and scrambled breaking tackles to run for a touchdown. Cormac Bradley kicked the extra point making the score Cougars 10 – Vikings 7.
The Cougars received the ball after the kick off but were not making much progress when the first quarter came to an end. The teams switched ends of the field and the Cougars continued to drive toward the end zone but were stopped by the tough Vikings Defense. On 4th and 7 from midfield, the Cougars punted to Alex Lerman. Alex Lerman ran for 36 yards on the punt return giving the Vikings excellent starting position. On the first play from scrimmage, Wilson Done ran for a 1st down. On the next play, Wilson ran again, this time up the middle for 5 yards, thanks to the Offensive Line opening a nice hole. On 4th and 3, Nick Verducci once again ran for a first down. 1st and 10 on the 14, after several attempts to complete a pass for a touchdown, the Vikings were faced with 4th and 8. Cormac Bradley came out and kicked the Field goal to tie the score.
Cougars 10 – Vikings 10.
The Vikings kicked off to the Cougars who ran out of bounds on their own 25 yard line. After an incomplete pass by the Cougars, the Vikings were called for another Personal Foul giving the Cougars a first down on the Vikings 42 yard line. The Cougars were called for a false start backing them up 5 yards. On 3rd and 15, the Cougars completed a pass for a first down on the Vikings 27 yard line. The Vikings defended until a 4th and 10. The Cougars again went back to the pass and were successful in converting for a 1st down. On 1st and 10 on the 10, the Cougars ran the ball in for a touchdown, followed by the PAT. Cougars 17 – Vikings 10 with onlyleft in the half.
The Cougars kicked off again to Alex Lerman who ran 71 yards on the return! The Vikings began their drive on the Chatham 25 yard line. The first play was a run by Wilson Done. On 2nd and 7, Nick Verducci kept the ball and scrambled for a Vikings touchdown. Cormac Bradley kicked the extra point, tying the score once again. Cougars 17 – Vikings 17
The Cougars received the ball on the kick off on their own 19 yard line. On first down, the Cougars completed a pass for a first down. Followed by another first down pass bringing the Cougars to the Vikings 45 yard line. On 2nd and 10, Ryan Hill ran up the middle untouched to sack the Cougar QB for a loss of yards. On 3rd and 18, the Cougars completed a shuffle pass and ran 17 yards. On 4th and 1, the Cougars once again ran for a first down. With 28 seconds left on the clock, 2nd and 10, the Cougars ran for a first down but were flagged for a chop block moving them backwards. On 2nd and forever, the Cougars attempted to run the ball but were stopped by the Viking Defense when time expired in the half.
Half Time Score: Cougars 17 – VIKINGS 17
To open the 3rd quarter, the Cougars were called for a false start on the kick off. They backed up 5 yards and repeated the kick. Jimmy Bedoya was in the backfield and received the ball. The Vikings started their drive from their own 33 yard line. After Nick Verducci ran the ball for 5 yards, Wilson Done converted a 2nd and 5 into a first down on a run up the middle. After trying to run the ball again, the Vikings faced a 4th and 3 on the Cougars 43 yard line. Nick Ho punted and with a good bounce and roll, pinned the Cougars on their own 9 yard line. On 3rd and 5, the Cougars completed a pass for a first down. The Cougars continued to pass the ball for positive yardage. On a 3rdand 4, the Vikings were flagged for a facemask call giving the Cougars a first down. The Cougars began to run the ball but on 3rd and 2, Jared Salgado tackled the Cougars rusher for a loss. 4th and 7, the Cougars were flagged for a false start. 4th and 12, the Cougars QB ran but did not get enough for a first down. The Vikings took over on downs on the Cougar 27 yard line. On the first play, Nick Verducci ran the ball for a first down. The Vikings tried running the ball but on 4th and 1 at midfield, the Vikings elected to punt. The Cougars fair caught the ball on their own 20 yard line. On a 2nd and 2 play, Jared Salgado and Marco Falivene tackled the runner in the backfield. On 3rd down, the Cougars ran again for a first down. This was the last play of the 3rd quarter.
Once the teams switch ends of the field, the Cougars continued their drive from their own 33 yard line. A running play resulted in a first down. On 2nd and 2, the Cougars broke tackles and ran into the end zone for a touchdown, followed by the extra point. Cougars 24 – Vikings 17.
The Cougars kicked off but kicked it low and away from Alex Lerman. The Vikings could not hold on to the kick off and the Cougars recovered. The Cougars had a 1st and 10 on the Vikings 24 yard line. On 2nd and 2, Dominick Musto tackled the Cougar’s rusher for a loss of 4 yards. On 4th and 6, the Cougars attempted a pass into the end zone. The pass was intercepted by Michael Bettelli. The Vikings took over in their own territory. The Vikings continued to run the ball and on a 3rd and 9, Nick Verducci ran for a first down. Jared Salgado ran the ball for 9 yards on the next play. And on 3rd and 1, Jared Salgado carried the ball again, this time for a first down. On 2nd and 7, Nick Verducci once again ran for a first down. On 4th and 7, Nick Verducci’s pass was tipped but caught by Alex Lerman who was tackled short of the first down. The Cougars took over on downs on their own 43 yard line. There was only a few minutes left in the game, the Vikings needed a stop. On 2nd and 2, the Cougars were flagged for a false start. 2nd and 7, the Cougars ran for a first down. Now onlyleft in the game. On 2nd and 6, the Cougars QB was sacked again by Ryan Hill but the Cougars were just working the time off the clock. On 3rd and 17, the Cougars took a delay of game penalty. On 3rd and 22, the Cougars ran the ball but were stopped by Marco Falivene. On 4th and 19, the Cougars punted out of bounds on the 43 yard line. The Vikings threw a pass but it was intercepted by the Cougars. The Cougars took a knee and time expired in the game.
Final Score: Cougars 24 – Vikings 17
Nick Verducci Completed 3 passes out of 9 attempts for 13 yards
Nick Verducci Led all rushers with 10 carries for 122 yards