ARCANUM – The Arcanum Trojans were taking on Miami East, who was undefeated in the Cross County Conference, and knew it was going to be a formidable task. When the dust settled the Vikings left town with a 42-13 victory.
Both teams fumbled the football early the game, giving the ball back to the opponent.
Miami East struck first in the game on an 81-yard pass from Ian Gengler over the middle to a wide-open Justin Brown, who caught the ball around midfield and then raced untouched to the end zone for an early score to go up early 7-0.
Vincent Villella rushed one in from 25 yards out to put the Vikings on top 14-0.
With 35 seconds left in the first quarter the Vikings connected again on a long pass play … it was like watching a replay on TV of the first touchdown only the pass Gengler to Brown was just 67 yards as the Vikings opened up a 21-0 lead.
Gengler added to the East lead with a 12-yard QB keeper, and the Trojans would trail at the half 28-0.
The lethal combination of Gengler-Brown hooked up midway in the third quarter, extending the Vikings’ lead to 35-0.
Arcanum put together a long, sustained drive with good blocking up front with most of the yardage picked up on the feet of Austin Fourman and Daniel Coats.
Coats finished the drive on a 1-yard plunge, and Evan Atchley added the extra point kick to get the Trojans on the scoreboard trailing 35-7.
East added a rushing touchdown early in the final stanza … but Arcanum got it back with another score on the ground from Coats to finish the scoring in the game at 42-13.
“We knew we would have our hands full tonight against Miami East. They beat us pretty good at the line of scrimmage. Their defensive tackles inside are pretty good players,” Arcanum football coach Jason Schondelmyer said.
“Max (Current) has a nice ball club, and they beat us at all three phases of the game.
“To be honest we have high expectations, and we expect to do better than what we showed tonight,” Schondelmyer said. “We finished on a high note, but we didn’t start very well, and when you get behind a quality team like Miami East they keep their foot on the gas and on your throat and don’t let up.
“It’s been a freak type year where we lost most of our skill guys to injuries and most before the season started. We don’t use that as an excuse, and we just expect other guys to step up … our defensive and offensive lines have been intact all year. We just keep playing football and expect those guys to try and keep us in games,” Schondelmyer added.
“We got two weeks left and our focus is to finish strong and on a high note so we can use that momentum into the off season,” Schondelmyer concluded.