Saturday, 07 October 2017 01:51

Vikings blank Hopewell, stay unbeaten

Written by  Ian Richardson
North Meck's Aaron Scott runs against Hopewell Friday. North Meck's Aaron Scott runs against Hopewell Friday. Durane Byrd Photography

Friday’s rivalry matchup between North Meck and Hopewell finished with a familiar result — another Viking victory and another Viking shutout.

North’s 34-0 road win marked the Vikings’ fourth straight in the series, all of which have ended with zero Titan points on the board.

The lopsided result was also reflective of both teams’ current seasons, as the Vikings improved to 7-0 for the first time in 25 years, while the Titans remained winless at 0-7 with an overall losing streak of 17.

“It’s great to bring the shield home again,” said North Meck coach Eric Morman. “These rivalry games are always important, and I thought both teams played extremely hard.”

Running back Emanuel Wilson helped North Meck jump to a three-possession first-quarter lead with touchdown runs of 45 and seven yards bookending a 42-yard Aaron Scott run. Wilson added a receiving touchdown later in the half, taking a Justin Olson pass 14 yards to extend the Vikings’ lead to 26-0 by halftime.

Another Scott keeper, this time from seven yards out, ended the scoring on North’s first possession of the second half.

While the Vikings were never punished on the scoreboard, Morman was left to reflect on a handful of defensive breakdowns, as well as a total of 14 penalties on the night.

“We had a lot of mistakes tonight,” he said. “It wasn’t our best game, but we understand we need to get back to work and clean it up.”

Despite the loss, Hopewell coach Quinn Martin continued to take positives from the Titans’ recent performances.

“We don’t talk about wins and losses. We talk about playing hard and playing a certain way,” Martin said. “Offensively, we’re having a hard time, but these kids are playing as hard as they can for four quarters, which is what you want to see.”

Both teams will be at home next week against top I-Meck opposition. North will host Hough in a battle of 3-0 I-Meck teams, while Hopewell will host Mallard Creek, which is also 3-0 in league play.

North will be looking for its first win over Hough since the Huskies’ first season in 2010, though the Vikings let a late lead slip away in a 35-28 loss last year.

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