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Vikes hope to snap skid vs. Eagleville

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Darian Pride (1) picked up several yards on the ground last week and will be expected to help share the weight of the Viking offense against Eagleville on Friday.
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It's been a rough few weeks for the Community Vikings (1-3, 0-1 9A). In each of their previous three losses against Silverdale Academy, the Forrest Rockets and the McEwen Warriors, the Purple and Gold had several chances to close out a win, but couldn't do so in each of the previous three games.

Just last week, the Vikings had three late-game chances to pick up a road victory against the McEwen Warriors, but had each drive halted by three critical turnovers.

Now in the heart of the schedule, the Vikings' focus shifts towards the Eagleville Eagles.


"We're going to try to build on the positives of last week. One of the negatives from last week was that we weren't able to finish. I thought we executed much better on offense," said Community coach Johnnie Frost.

Last week, the Viking defense struggled in the first half but were able to adjust to a new offensive scheme by the Warriors.

With those adjustments, Community was able to come up with several key stops, giving the offense opportunities to win the game.

"Defensively, we didn't get adjusted the correct way until their second drive of the second half. Then we pretty much had three and out stops the rest of the way," Frost said.

Taylor Paschal is expected to pick up key yardage this week against the Eagles.
(T-G File Photo by Chris Siers)
New challenge

This week's challenge doesn't get any easier. Two weeks ago, the Eagles came up with a 32-7 win over the Warriors, however, the final score didn't reflect the effort on the field, as it was a close contest for much of the game.

But the Vikings aren't counting the Eagles out just yet.

"We have to continue to build on the positives and fix the mistakes and give great effort this week. Eagleville is a great team. Their 1-3 record doesn't reflect how good they are," Frost said.

The Eagles are fresh off a 37-36 defeat at the hands of the Collinwood Trojans last week.

Younger stars

This week, the Vikings will expect big numbers from the usual suspects on offense, as well as a few younger players making names for themselves.

Star running back Austin Lees led the Community run game against the Warriors last week, piling up 91 yards on 26 carries.

Taylor Paschal and Darian Pride also got their share of touches as well with Paschal picking up 24 yards while Pride finished with 26.

Defensively, the Vikings had a few standouts as well once finding the right formations.

With the talent available, all the Vikings need to pick up a win in the fourth week of the season is to string together enough of the solid play they're capable of and eliminate the mistakes.

Similar foe

"We have a like opponent. They beat McEwen 32-7. In that game, McEwen had quite a few chances against them. They have a quarterback who transferred in from Cannon County who threw for well over 1,000 yards. They like to throw it quite a bit more," Frost said.

"They have a nice corps of running backs they spring at you in waves and you have to be able to get off their zone blocking technique to make the play. Those are some of the things we've focused on trying to do defensively."

Offensively, the Vikings have to be able to maintain blocks to allow the run game a chance to pick up yards this week, Frost said.

"Their defense is not real big, but they're extremely aggressive and they fly to the football. We have to be able to stay on blocks. Our running backs have to do a great job of getting yards after contact."

Community takes the opening kickoff on Friday at 7 p.m. in Unionville.

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