VALE – Entering a short season months late and playing in a new hybrid league, the Vale Viking football team answered many questions with a 21-12 victory over the 4A Baker Bulldogs on Friday, March 5 in Vale.
The first half of football was separated only by a missed point after kick. The Vikings went up 7-0 after a touchdown in the first quarter with Baker answering with a score in the second quarter, but missing the kick. At the half, Vale led 7-6.
Returning back to defense, both teams went scoreless in the third quarter. The Vikings took the victory after putting up 14 points in the final quarter compared to six points for Baker.
“We played hard and aggressive and tackled well on defense,” said Vale coach Jeff Aldred. “We are running a completely new offense this season. John Wolfe had a fantastic game both on offense and defense.”
Aldred said the Viks were prepared for the larger line of the Bulldogs.
“Our defense is what kept us in the game,” he said. “We knew we had to keep Baker out of the box and work the edge.
Wolfe had two carries offensively, scoring on both. He also had eight receptions for 116 yards. In his first start as a varsity quarterback, Tanner Steele was 9-for-16 for 117 and did not throw an interception. Steele also kept the ball himself, carrying 16 times for 48 yards. Nathan Kimball picked up nine carries and scored the third of the Viking touchdowns.
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Baker’s ground game was led by Gauge Bloomer with 81 yards on 13 touches and one score. The Bulldogs split the quarterback duties with Gabe Gambleton picking up 36 yards on four completions while Jake Eskew competing four of six passes for 90 yards. As a team, Baker put up 226 yards of total offense.
Baker (0-1) will jump out of league play next, traveling to Crook County High School on Saturday, March 13 to meet up with North Bend (0-1). The trip for Vale will be a little shorter as the Vikings drive down the highway to Ontario to take on the Tigers (0-1) on Friday, March 12.