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Vikings suffer second loss of season at Midwest

Posted: Thursday, Oct 17th, 2013

GUERNSEY-The Guernsey-Sunrise Vikings came up 11 points shy of knocking off Midwest Friday afternoon. The Oilers are the top-ranked team in the 1-A Six Man East Conference at 4-0 with a 4-1 overall record. The loss puts the Vikings at 2-1 in the conference and 4-1 overall.

Friday’s game at Midwest started well for the Vikes as they jumped out to a 12-8 lead by the end of the first quarter. But disaster struck in the second quarter as the Oilers put up 22 points to just one touchdown by the Vikings to take a 30-18 lead at the half.

The game was tight in the second half but the damage was done and the Vikings came away with a 43-32 loss.

The Vikes rolled up 212 yards on the ground and another 152 in the air for 364 total yards of offense. Junior back Brady Esquibel completed six of eight passing attempts for 80 yards, hitting junior back Treasure Hollister and junior lineman Nick Cunningham for touchdowns. He also ran the ball for 147 yards in 18 carries. Hollister completed five of 16 attempts for 72 yards, tossing one touchdown to senior lineman Isaac Carr. Hollister also had a pair of receptions for 48 yards and caught one touchdown.

Carr had four pass receptions for 34 yards, one good for a touchdown.

Esquibel led the defensive charge with eight solo tackles and seven assists. Senior linebacker Garrett Ayers finished with 13 total tackles-five lone stops and eight assists.

Junior linebacker Austin Quynn had seven lone stops and five assists. Hollister finished with five stops and a pair of assists. Cunningham had a pair of lone stops and four assists.

Hollister had six kickoff returns for 158 yards, one for 50 yards. Dustin Green kicked off six times for 235 total yards, one a 55 yard touchback.

Esquibel is closing in on a 1,000-yard season. With two games remaining in the regular season, he has 797 yards in 78 carries, scoring 18 touchdowns and posting an average of 10.22 yards per carry. He has also completed 12 of 18 passing attempts for 198 yards and six touchdowns.

Quynn has 418 yards in 34 carries, averaging 12.29 yards per carry and leads the defensive stats with 22 unassisted tackles and 26 assists. Ayers leads the unassisted tackle totals with 23 and has 21 assists.

Hollister has completed 15 of 38 attempts for 293 yards and six touchdowns. He’s caught six passes for 137 yards for a 22.83 yard per catch average.

The Vikings will host their final home game this Saturday when Saratoga comes to Viking Stadium. Kick-off is set for 1 p.m.

Senior recognition will be held for Garrett Ayers and Isaac Carr.

For the complete article see the 10-15-2013 issue.

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