Vikings football romps past Dayton for 3rd straight win
DAYTON, NEVADA — Neither the sweet smell of funnel cakes nor the strong rendition of Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline from the Dayton marching band pregame Friday night could sidetrack South Tahoe from its mission of winning a third straight football game.
From the mountains and tall pine trees to the land of sagebrush and sand, the Vikings voyage was successful. They moved over .500 with a resounding 56-13 victory over the Dustdevils, who have lost seven in a row.
“It was a good game, a good team win,” said Vikings junior co-captain Kody Griffis. “We shut them down in the first half. The twos got to play in the second half. We definitely had fun tonight.”
Jakob Costley rushed for 160 yards and three touchdowns, Peyton Galli threw for 234 yards and three scored and Mccallan Castles hauled in 112 receiving yards and two TDs to lead the Vikings offense.
The fun started early. The Vikings scored all five times they possessed the ball in the first half and led 35-0.
Costley scored on a 1-yard plunge to start off the point barrage.
Galli hit Castles on a 12-yard pass for a 14-0 lead and Costley sprinted through the Dayton defense for a 49-yard score early in the second quarter to make it 21-0.
Galli went up top to Castles for the next score. The right-handed gunslinger lofted a perfect pass that Castles ran under and caught for a 51-yard touchdown.
Galli hit Caleb Moretti for a 6-yard score and the Vikings led 35-0 with 4 minutes, 16 seconds left in the half.
“We did what we needed to do,” said Vikings head coach Louis Franklin. “We got a win on the road. We’re excited and for the most part healthy-ish. The defense did well and didn’t give up a lot of big plays. We played everybody and I’m happy for those guys that have been working hard in practice all year and they got rewarded tonight with a lot of playing time. It was fun.”
While the offense collected a bunch of points, the defense barely gave up yards.
Dayton had just 42 yards in the opening half and earned its initial first down with just two minutes left before the break. The Dustdevils had 28 yards rushing on 19 attempts while the Vikings accumulated 279 total first half yards.
“Our D-Line played well up front and so did our backers and we didn’t get beat over the top, we just locked them down,” said Griffis, a defensive back and wide receiver.
“If we can force teams to throw the ball then we’re good team and that took 11 guys executing their assignments,” Franklin said. “I think we played as clean as we could.”
The second half started like the first, with the Vikings adding to their lead.
James Knudson scored on a 13-yard sweep a few minutes into the half and the South Tahoe defense added another touchdown.
Brady Oberhaus stripped a Dayton ball carrier and Matt Cain recovered and sprinted 45 yards for the score and a 49-0 lead.
“Somebody hit him and he was trying to get going again and as he was getting back up, I ripped at the ball which wasn’t in his hands good and Matt took it for a touchdown,” Oberhaus said. “That’s what were supposed to do, second guy in rips at the ball.”
With that, the Vikings substituted freely and that’s when Dayton finally gained a few yards and scored a pair of touchdowns. And after each touchdown, they tried an onside kick. And with each attempt, Oberhaus was there to recover it, and almost broke free on a return of one.
South Tahoe’s final touchdown was a 26-yard run by Costley.
The Vikings (4-3 3A Northern League) next will play at 7 p.m. Friday at Elko (3-4 3A Northern) before finishing the regular season with rival Truckee. The Vikings need five wins to reach postseason and next week’s game is a must win. And the Vikings are feeling good after winning three straight.
“We had some easy games which was good to get our confidence back up,” Griffis said. “Now we’ve got a couple of hard ones coming up and I think we’re gonna play well.”