Vikings Win Their First Game of the 15’s Season

Here is a write up by Head Coach Paul Horne of the match against Western Oregon University on the turf field next to the Wade King Rec Center:

The WWU Vikings got their first win of the young season with a convincing 43-12 score over the Western Oregon University Wolves. After losing their first two league matches by a total of seven points, the Vikings were not going to be denied. Playing at home on the hard, unforgiving  artificial turf, the young Vikings ran in seven trys. Freshman Ryan Glendenning (North Thurston HS) and Wiatt Vasay (Lynden HS) led the way with two trys each. Cory Kleppe (Burlington Edison HS), Oliver Dougherty (Bellingham HS) and Louie Henson (Auburn HS) all had solo trys. Nick Salimano (The Bush School) conveted four of seven attempts.

The Wolves brought a physical game and seemed content on using their large forwards to pound the ball. The ball never made it to their outside backs as the Viking backs were up and quick to close the space . Showing good discipline, WWU stuck to their pattern and managed to take control of the game early and took a 24-5 lead into the half way mark.

The defense was good and continually shut down the WOU ‘s pick and go style of play. As a result Wolves never got the opportunity to put many phases together before turning the ball over. Strong games were had by Kai Duchnycz (Earl Marriot HS, Surrey BC), Louie Henson and Cory Kleppe in the forwards while Nick Bonovich (Dixon HS, Dixon, CA) and Ryan Glendenning showed great promise in the back line attack.

The young Western team played with confidence and are looking forward to the the rematch against the Oregon Ducks this next Saturday, February 8th. Losing 17-12 to Oregon last week  has given the Vikings lots of motivation to reverse the score line in their much anticipated rematch.  Kick off for next Saturday’s match is set for 1:00 pm on the turf field next to the Wade King Rec Center.

Another important date to remember is Reunion Day, February 22nd, the day several generations of former Viking ruggers will be in town to watch the match against the Washington Huskies and renew old friendships.  There will be a large contingent from the late 60’s – early 70’s and another group from the mid-to-late 80’s crew.  Lots of activities planned so come join in the fun.

We are just getting started!