PARMA, ID – The Vale Vikings started their season with a tough fought 27-26 win against the Parma Panthers.

Vale had a successful ground attack spreading the wealth as three different Vikings found the end zone. Keegan Mizuta rushed 16 times for 79 yards and a touchdown while Matthew McBride added two touchdowns on 7 carries and 45 yards. Colton Kesey rounded out the scoring as he also rushed for a touchdown. Kesey added 79 yards through the air going 7-17 on the night with one interception. The Vikings tallied up 222 yards on 39 carries.

The Panthers had a balanced offensive attack grinding out 166 yards on the ground with four touchdowns while adding 175 yards in the air.

The difference in the game though was PAT’s. The Vikings made and missed PAT kicks in the first quarter. They added a two point conversion in the second quarter but missed their PAT attempt in the 4th quarter. The Panthers made their kicks in the first and 4th quarters but missed them in the 2nd and 3rd quarters which was the difference in the game.

Viking head coach Jeff Aldred was fairly pleased overall to get a tough road win but expressed the need for continued improvement. “Kind of typical first game with several kinks and mistakes. The effort was there but we need to work on our execution. Offensively we moved the ball really well but need to be better at finishing drives. It was nice to squeak out a W on the road. We have a lot to work on but also a lot of good things to build upon.”

Vale looks to continue its winning ways as it hosts rival Ontario next Friday, September 13th at Frank Hawley Stadium in Vale at 7pm (MT).