Vikings set a new school record, scoring 66 points during victory vs. Roscommon Bucks
Caleb Casey | Managing Editor
We were very happy with our week one performance. The leadership and camaraderie on this team has been outstanding all offseason, and that led to a big team performance tonight.” – Tim Sanchez, Grayling High School Varsity Football Coach
Points, points, points. More points. Grayling High School’s varsity football team started strong vs. the Roscommon Bucks in its 2017 season opener on Thursday night – a nonconference contest hosted by the Vikings – scoring on its first four possessions, including a 71-yard TD on the first play from scrimmage, and building a 30-0 advantage before the end of the first period. The Vikings led 54-6 at halftime, and they defeated the Bucks by a final score of 66-20.
The 66 points scored by the Vikings on Thursday established a new record for Grayling High School football for most points scored in one game. The previous record, according to the program, was 64.
Grayling received the game’s opening kickoff, starting at its 29-yard line. On 1st and 10, quarterback Justin Nicholas connected with receiver Nick Hunter for a 71-yard touchdown. Jacob Macfalda ran the ball into the end zone for the two-point conversion.
Thirteen seconds into the first quarter, Grayling led 8-0.
After a Roscommon punt, the Vikings started at their 39-yard line. On the first play of the series, Nicholas completed a pass to Chris Hunter for a gain of 47 yards. A pass to N. Hunter on the next play picked up 11 yards. On 2nd and goal, Nicholas threw to N. Hunter for a two-yard TD. The two-point conversion attempt failed.
Grayling led 14-0 with approximately nine minutes left in the first quarter.
The Vikings forced another punt on defense, and they started at their 30-yard line after the kick went out of bounds.
A pass from Nicholas to running back Zack Osga gained 36 yards. A pass to N. Hunter picked up 10 yards and another first down. Later, on 4th and 10, a pass interference penalty on Roscommon gave the Vikings a first down. Nicholas completed a pass to N. Hunter for a 14-yard TD on the next play. A pass to Osga picked up two points on the conversion attempt.
Grayling had a 22-0 advantage.
The Bucks went for it on 4th and 4 and came up short, giving Grayling the ball 46 yards from the goal line.
The Vikings drove 46 yards on nine plays, scoring on a one-yard TD run by Nicholas on 4th and goal. The series also included a nine-yard catch by N. Hunter and a 12-yard reception by Macfalda. Nicholas threw to N. Hunter for the two-point conversion.
With 1:42 left in the first period, Grayling led 30-0.
The Bucks drove 50 yards on 13 plays, scoring on a one-yard run on 1st and goal. Grayling deflected the pass attempt on the two-point conversion try. The Vikings led 30-6.
The Bucks got the ball back with an interception.
On 3rd and 25, after a QB sack and a penalty moved the drive backward, Rickey Heavner intercepted a Roscommon pass attempt, giving the Vikings the ball 27 yards from the goal line.
After a six-yard run by Nicholas, Logan Joseph caught a pass for a 21-yard TD. Nicholas completed a pass to C. Hunter in the end zone for the two-point conversion.
With 7:03 left in the second quarter, Grayling led 38-6 lead.
Macfalda recovered Grayling’s on-side kick, giving the Vikings the ball at the 49-yard line.
A screen pass to Osga gained nine yards. On 3rd and 1, Macfalda got free down the side line for a 40-yard touchdown run. Osga ran the ball across the goal line for the two-point conversion.
The points put Grayling’s lead at 46-6 with 6:11 left in the second quarter.
After a turnover on downs by Roscommon, Grayling drove 62 yards on 11 plays, scoring on a six-yard TD run by Macfalda on 1st and goal. The series also included a nine-yard run by Osga and a 14-yard run by Nicholas. A toss to Osga gained two points on the conversion attempt. The Vikings led 54-6.
The Bucks did not score during the last series of the first half.
At halftime, the score was Grayling 54, Roscommon 6.
On the first play from scrimmage in the second half, the Bucks fumbled and the Vikings recovered the ball 33 yards from the goal line.
Joseph, now playing QB, rushed for 30 yards on 1st and 20. Later, on 3rd and 13, Joseph threw to Jacob Ervin in the corner of the end zone for a 16-yard TD. Grayling led 60-6.
Roscommon drove 67 yards on five plays, scoring an a 46-yard TD run. The Vikings led 60-12.
Grayling scored on a long TD run by Joseph. The Vikings led 66-12 early in the fourth period.
The Bucks drove 61 yards on seven plays, scoring on a 14-yard TD pass. After the two-point conversion, Grayling led 66-20.
The Vikings killed the final five minutes of regulation, ending with a 66-20 win.
“We were very happy with our week one performance,” Coach Tim Sanchez said. “With so many new players/roles on varsity, it was tough to gauge how our young men would respond. The leadership and camaraderie on this team has been outstanding all offseason, and that led to a big team performance tonight.”
On offense, Nicholas finished with 280 passing yards, four passing TDs, and one rushing TD. Joseph had 147 rushing yards, one rushing TD, and one passing TD. Macfalda ran for 60 yards and two TDs. N. Hunter caught nine passes for 155 yards and three TDs.
Coach Sanchez said the squad’s defense also played well vs. the Bucks.
“Coach (Mike) Kososky did an outstanding of having the defense ready and aggressive in his first game as a defensive coordinator. Our kids were disciplined and on attack mode all night,” Coach Sanchez said.
On the defensive side of the ball, Macfalda had nine tackles, one sack, and a fumble recovery. Eli Jackson had seven tackles and one fumble recovery. Parker Dole had six tackles.
The Vikings (1-0 overall, 0-0 league) will host Gladwin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 31.