Vikings Drop NCRC Opener To Huskies

Story by Head Coach Paul Horne

Saturday, November 23, 2013

The 2013 defending Northwest Conference Champions traveled down to Seattle to face the UW Huskies.  It was a beautiful cool, sunny winter day on the campus of the University of Washington.  This was to be the first game to be played on the new UW turf field.  The Vikings had beaten the Huskies in league play last season 57-0 and knew full well they were going to face a very motivated UW team.

The 2013/14 Vikings selected a very young team with four Frosh and six sophomores in the starting lineup.  The game started well for the Vikings putting pressure on the opposition from the opening kickoff.  Jake Romano( Santa Rosa Ca.) scored the first try at the fifteen minute and put the Vikings up 5-0.  The conversion was unsuccessful.

The lead did not last long.  Tackling and turnovers would prove to be problematic for WWU throughout the game.  Both first half UW trys were a result of breakdowns in the Vikings defense.  The Huskies took a 12-5 halftime lead.

The second forty minutes produced five more trys, three by WWU and two by the Huskies.  Oliver Daugherty (Bellingham HS) showed his speed as he turned the corner and outran all for a 70 meter try.  Again the conversion was not good.

Nate Muir (Earl Marriott HS, BC) followed up at the 60 minute mark scoring a beast of a try and closed the score to 17-15 for the Huskies.  Jon Kaimmer (Roosevelt HS, Seattle), who came on at the half, scored next and the Vikings took the lead.  Nick Solimano (The Bush School, Seattle) converted and the Vikings were up 22-17.

The last UW score  was a heart-breaker as the Vikings controlled much of the play and had fought their way to take the lead with five minutes to play.  The Vikings seemed to have taken control of the game at this point.  This was not so, as more turnovers and costly penalties allowed the UW to claw their way back into the game.  Missed tackles and some poor tactical kicking put the Huskies back in the lead 24-22.

The Viking forwards led by Captain Louie Henson (Auburn HS) and Nate Muir (Earl Marriott, BC), were dominant throughout the game.  Leading the charge it was not long before the Vikings had the Huskies going backwards and again in a position to pull out a win.  Another turnover, a penalty and time ran out for the Vikings.

The second XV were dominant and came out with a 39-5 win over the Huskies.  Scoring on the day were John Cushman with two trys.  Sam Carroll, Mikhal Snovel, Winston Chen and Jess Harris all touched down for solo trys.

Next up for the Vikings will be a January 25 match against the University of Oregon. The game will be played on the Wade King Turf field.