Seniors lead way for Vikes in scrimmage

Sunday, July 30, 2017
Brennan Sanders (11) of the Vikings runs for yardage after receiving a pass from Wyatt Sobiek. Sanders scored the first touchdown of the night for Community. (T-G Photo by Rickey Clardy)

UNIONVILLE – The Community Vikings used a strong defensive effort to set the tone for the offense during a pre-season football scrimmage against the Ezell-Harding Eagles Friday night.

The Vikings found the end zone five times while the Eagles scored once.

“I’m really proud of how they came out and were focused and played disciplined football,” Coach Chris Grooms of the Vikings said.

Fast strike

With the Viking defense continuing to stymie the Eagle offense, Community found lots of success on offense, and scored on its third possession of the night.

Senior quarterback Wyatt Sobiek led the team down the field, highlighted by a long run to put the Vikings deep in Eagle territory. Sobiek’s dash set the stage for a touchdown run by Brennan Sanders.

Sobiek’s pass to senior Preston Bennett was successful on the conversion.

Landon Langley got in the act on the next possession as his touchdown run gave Community its second score of the night.

The defense continued to shine as Viking senior Shane Bowden intercepted a pass on the next Eagle possession, running the ball back to the Ezell-Harding five. Sobiek completed a short run for the Community score.

Defensive starters

After a injury-riddled 2016 season, Grooms was happy to see some familiar faces on the defensive side.

“It’s great to have all the starters back on defense,” Grooms said. “That’s where we were caught last year. We were banged up so much we had players out of position. This year we’ve got everybody in position.”

The Vikings were able to mix and match on offense and defense the rest of the way, but continued to dominate on both sides of the ball.

Zach Dabbs scored from 40 yards out as Community accounted for its fourth score. Sobiek added the conversion.

“That offensive line was doing some work,” Grooms said. “The quarterback did not get sacked any, and we had good run lanes.”

“You’ve got to take your hats off for the big boys up front,” Grooms added.

Sobiek scampered to the end zone again to complete the Viking scoring for the night. The senior tandem of Sobiek and Bennett connected on the conversion.

The Eagles were able to score their lone touchdown late in the scrimmage.

Good condition

The off-season conditioning of the Vikings was evident during the scrimmage.

“Everything we do is full speed during practice, from the time we hit it,” Grooms said.

Even with the seniors leading the way, Grooms saw success with different combinations during the scrimmage.

“I loved how my 2s and 3s came in and stepped up,” Grooms said. “It didn’t seem like we were really missing much. I expect big things out of them.”

The Vikings will hit the practice field before playing in their second scrimmage Friday night. Community will host Franklin-Grace Christian at 6 p.m.