“I think we went into Indian Nation a bit flat,” Valley Head Coach Greg Wonhoff told the Herald. “It took us a while to get the wind in our sails. We were hoping to be able to pass a bit more, but the Indians seemed to have our receivers blanketed. We either need to pass from play action or from the shotgun formation. In order for play action to work, we must follow through w/our fakes. We did a very poor job there. We tried to operate from the shotgun, but we weren't able to get the ball into Jason ‘J-Flu’Fluke's hands.
“I felt like our running backs, led by Seth ‘Silo’ Flemetis, Anthony ‘A-Bomb’ Sagen, and Trevor ‘Captain’ Cook, ran the ball very well,” Wonhoff said. I can't praise the backs if I don't mention the interior line, led by seniors Randy ‘Curls’ Heckard, Drew ‘Werd’ Pearson, Damian ‘Redman’ Redding, Steven ‘Peg’ Camenzind, and Brendyn ‘Brendo’ Graves. ”I want to give accolades to our six sophomores, Seth (Flemetis), Hunter ‘Stash’ Gray, Trevin (Sanaski), Jason, Brendyn (Graves), and Robert ‘Roberto’ Espina,” Wonhoff added. “Robert converted 6 of 7 PATs, and the others were starters on offense, defense, or both. ”As far as defense goes, I loved the intensity displayed on the field,” Wonhoff noted. Drew, Matt ‘Front End’ Konigsberger, Steven, and Randy played downhill, as we expected them to do. As a team, we flew to the ball, and got a lot of silver helmets to the ball. We did a great job covering punts and kickoffs. ”We have a lot to work on, and we will strive to improve on all aspects of our game,” Wonhoff said.
Sagen Jumpstarts Vikes
Viking tailback Anthony Sagen raced 96 yards for a TD to set the tone early on.
The Vikes punished South Bend’s defense by pounding out 375 yards on the ground. Valley toted the ball 41 times for an average of 9.1 yards per carry.
Flemetis rambled for 165 yards on 18 carries and Sagen gained 113 yards on 6 rushes. Cook carried the ball 3 times and netted 79 yards.
Valley’s defense forced five turnovers, including four fumbles and an interception. The Vikings also blocked two punts and had three sacks.
Quarterback Jason Fluke (5 yards) and Trevor Cook (44 yards) also ran for TDs. Cook also scored when he recovered a fumble in the end zone. Flemetis scored on runs of 10, 1 and 5 yards.
South Bend drove 64 yards on its first possession to start the game, but junior signal-caller Austin Lewis fumbled the football on the 1-yard line where Valley took over to set up Sagen’s touchdown.
Drew Pearson blocked a punt for Valley to set up a 10-yard scoring driving.
Valley gained 70 yards on punt returns and 23 on one kickoff return.
Fluke completed 1 of 4 passes for 6 yards with 1 interception.
The Vikes also turned the ball over on a fumble.
Dylan Barrett recorded 6 solo tackles and Sagen made 6 total tackles. Matt Minton, Fluke, and Flemetis also recovered fumbles for WV.
South Bend netted 59 yards rushing on 34 attempts. Lewis has 38 yards on 12 carries. Lewis was 0 of 4 passing.
Defensively, Marcus Overstake had 15 total tackles and Dennis Johnson had 10 total stops. Jayden Madrid recovered a fumble for the Tribe.
The Indians played the game with only 14 players.
“I thought that there were times when we did some good things, but we couldn't follow up on any success that we had,” South Bend head coach Tom Sanchez told the Herald. “Those are signs of a young and inexperienced team and we need to learn how to sustain our effort. We will get there, but we have some work to do.”
Willapa Valley (1-0) visits Olympia’s junior varsity team Thursday at 7 p.m.
“I think we will have our hands full this Thursday when we set sail to meet the Bears of Olympia,” Wonhoff said. “We were fortunate to come away w/a win last year, but we are thinking that they will do everything in their power, including suiting up a few of their better players to prevent a repeat. The Indians (0-1) visit North Beach (1-0) Friday at 7 p.m. The Hyaks defeated Toutle Lake 34-13 last week.