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But as the fates would have it, Community has been plagued in several games with key misfortunes that have shaped a 1-4 start to the 2012 season.
Hoping for a strong to the second half of the season, the Vikings traveled to MTCS on Friday night, looking for their first district win.
What they got was a history-making 48 minutes of high-octane football in the 44-0 blowout win.
The Vikings made history on two fronts on Friday night, marking the program's first shutout win. Freshman Alejandro Pompa also wrote his name into the Unionville history books with the program's first successful field goal.
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"It feels good to get a running clock and pitch the first shutout and have a kid kick his first field goal. I've known this type of performance has been around but the kids have to believe that no matter who we play, these type of performances can happen," said Viking head coach Johnnie Frost.
The opening drive for the Vikings, however, ended as several drives have this year, an untimely turnover on a strong push into an opposing team's territory.
Even with the turnover, the Viking defense held strong and forced a turnover on downs on their own 37-yard line.
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The Viking defense came through again on the next Cougar possession with a fumble recovery on near midfield.
Community capped off the ensuing drive when Frost found running back Austin Lees on a screen pass, which Lees turned into a 36-yard touchdown reception.
Lees' score came with just over a minute to play in the opening quarter, but he wasn't finished tacking on points.
Following a Cougar three and out, Lees took a punt return 90 yards to the house, putting the Vikings out in front 21-0 following Pompa's successful PAT.
For most of the year, Lees has been the bulk of the Viking ground game. Following a great week's practice, Frost gave Tavis Eady a chance to earn his stripes on the gridiron. Eady did not disappoint the coaching staff.
"Tavis Eady really turned it up this week in practice and earned some offensive carries. He showed he can play at this level and was able to punch it in on a drive," Frost said.
Working in conjunction with Lees, the pair moved the ball into the red zone. Eady finished the drive with a 2-yard touchdown run.
MTCS responded with a three-minute drive to the Viking 27, only to have a pass picked off by Frost in the corner of the end zone.
With six ticks on the clock, the Vikings took aim downfield again. As time expired, Frost peeled out of the pocket and hit senior wide out Zack James on a 53-yard pass as time expired.
Following the break, the Purple and Gold went back to work in the second half, finding success on both sides of the ball.
On the first MTCS possession of the half, the Viking defense held strong and forced a punt. It only took Community two plays to flex the offensive muscle again.
This time, Frost connected with freshman receiver Darian Pride on a crossing route which turned into a 78-yard touchdown reception.
Desperately needing to build some momentum, the Cougs caught a break on their next drive. Following a 25-yard pass play, the Vikings were assessed a facemask penalty, giving MTCS the ball on the Viking 20.
Two plays later the Community defense came through again.
Safety Zach Greenwood stepped up in the secondary and snagged a pass by the MTCS quarterback Brent Hofbauer and took it 90 yards for the pick six.
With such an impressive score accumulated by the end of the third quarter, the Vikings seemed to shrug off all their fourth-quarter misfortunes from earlier this year.
Following a three and out to begin the fourth quarter for Community, the Cougars fumbled the ball on their own 39 during the next play, setting up yet another scoring opportunity for the Vikings.
Having moved the ball into scoring position, the drive stalled near the 19-yard line. That's when Pompa etched his name into Community school history.
The freshman placekicker split the uprights on a 36-yarder, making the first-ever field goal made in the program's history.
The Vikings coasted off the momentum to the 44-0 victory.
Overall, the Vikings were as sound as they've ever been on both sides of the ball. An incredibly balanced offense ran the table with 370 yards of real estate against the Cougs. Frost completed 6-of-8 passes for 192 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Pride hauled in a pair of catches for 83 yards and a touchdown, while senior preseason All-State selection Zack James also had a pair of receptions for 71 yards.
The Viking run game was equally sound, accounting for 178 yards on 21 carries.
And because of an effective offensive line, the Vikings were able to run the ball, which opened up the pass attack, Frost said.
"The offensive line did the things we asked them to do. The yards after the catch this week were really good. The run game allowed us to only throw the ball a few times, instead of really relying on the pass," he said.
Lees was the leading ball carrier for the Vikes, accounting for 78 yards on just eight carries, while Frost carried the ball three times for 55 yards.
Eady added 32 yards of ground game on six carries.
With the exceptional week at practice Eady had, Frost hopes the fire sparked by Eady's performance will begin to grow.
"When the kids start to practice that way, it becomes contagious. That was a big turning point this week for our football team this week with him stepping up. I think it may allow some other kids to do that," he said.
Taylor Paschal also had three carries for 15 yards against the Cougars.
Defensively, players across the board stepped up for the Purple and Gold. Austin Stallings, Austin Lees, Ethan Hardin and Taylor Paschal each had eight tackles against the Cougars, while Quinn Frost, Raymond Augustus, Zach Greenwood and Chris Joslyn all made six stops.
With such solid defense, Community dominated the turnover battle, stepping up and forcing five takeaways.
"We had to eliminate the mistakes. We've really worked hard during the last couple of weeks with our coverages," Frost said.
Jesse Cooper and Greenwood came up with interceptions and fumble recoveries, while Frost tacked on an interception as well.
Community has a shot to add another chapter to their history-making endeavors next week by winning their second game in a row--being the first time in school history the team has won two straight.
"We'll have Huntland come in next week and see if we can put together two in a row because that's one thing w