Vale Defense Holds Pioneers To Just Over 100 Yards For Win

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VALE – The starters for the Vale defense held the McLoughlin offense to a mere two yards in the first half in rushing yards on the way to a Viking 39-8 victory on Friday, Oct. 15 in Vale.

The Vikings dominated the first half and with the mercy rule in effect after halftime, the starters took the bench as spectators.

“On both sides of the ball, we had a plan and the players executed that well,” said Vale head coach Jeff Aldred. “The game provided a chance for some of the younger players to get some needed playing time at the varsity level.”

In the first half, Vale scored on a two-yard run by Nathan Kimball, Kimball again on a 45-yard scamper, a 56-yard pass play from Tanner Steele to Colten Stepleton and a 30-yard pass play from Steele to Kimball, all of this coming in the first quarter.

The second quarter saw Eli Aldred find the end zone after a 13-yard run and Peter McBride on a 47-yard run. At the half, Vale led 39-0.

The McLoughlin score came in the fourth quarter as Tregyn Quigg scored on a 8-yard run.

Kimball had a stellar night for Vale, rushing for 63 yards and three scores and adding the 30-yard reception and a score for a four-touchdown night. Steele, playing only a half, ended 3-for-4 for 114 yards and no interceptions.

Vale ended with 328 yards of total offense with 214 yards on the ground game.

Photo Gallery – McLoughlin v Vale – John Braese

The Pioneers ended with 108 yards of total offense, carrying the ball 24 times for only 40 yards against the Viking defense. Quigg, a sophomore, was the work horse with 22 carries for 38 yards and the lone score. Freshman quarterback Nathan Estrada finished 9-for-21 for 68 yards and no interceptions. Sophomore Cooper Yensen had three catches for 29 yards to lead the MacHi receiving corps.