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FRUITLAND – The Vale Vikings football team improved to 2-0 with a 41-14 non-league victory over Idaho’s New Plymouth Pilgrims on Friday, Sept. 9 in Fruitland. Like Vale, New Plymouth is struggling with bleacher issues so the game was moved to Fruitland.
The Pilgrims were able to score the first points of the game, but Vale then put up 20 points in the second quarter and combined with 13 points in the third quarter, easily put the squad’s second win of the year in the record books.
“We started the game rocky, but worked out our kinks and I saw a lot of great individual efforts,” said Vale head coach Jeff Aldred.
The Vikings put up 394 yards of total offense for the game with 320 yards on the ground game led by Eli Aldred’s 142 yards on 21 carries. Aldred averaged 6.8 yards each time he touched the ball.
Vale junior quarterback Colten Stepleton picked up 88 yards rushing and was 8-for-17 passing for 74 yards. Brooks Haueter was the recipient of three of those passes for 41 yards.
“Eli had a fantastic game,” said Jeff Aldred. “Colton kept his feet moving and kept the New Plymouth defense honest. Our offensive line continues to improve and allows us time to make plays.”
The Viking defense held New Plymouth to a mere 137 yards of total offense.
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