VASJ finally broke through as the Vikings started fast and held on for the first win of the season with a 35-14 win over visiting Cleveland Central Catholic on Sept. 29.
VASJ (1-5) ran out to a 29-0 lead and put it away with a pick-6 by Cam Williams in the fourth quarter.
“I think the key was preparation and how we got ready for the game. Most people can’t see it and I understand this a business that is about wins and losses, but this game was won for us a few weeks ago and how we were practicing,” VASJ coach Bill Sowers said.
“To get off to a quick start, our first lead of the year, was huge, but we needed to keep our foot on the pedal and not let up and we did that. We got a little sloppy late, but with young guys playing that is going to happen. I am proud of our guys.”
Jordan Dean and A.J. Fabo were responsible for much of the big lead, which was 22-0, at halftime. Touchdowns for the Vikings and a solid defensive effort against the Ironmen (0-6) were key as VASJ built the lead and hung on for the first win of the season.
“We did some good things and hopefully we can continue to build on it because the guys that have bought in know we are going to get this thing turned around and into the right direction,” Sowers said “Confidence is huge and getting a win should be big for all the guys to understand we were 0-0 going into the NCL part of the schedule and now we are 1-0. That’s it. We can’t control what happened before Week 6, but now we are 1-0 in the NCL. We have to keep working on getting better. If we don’t build on this then it isn’t worth anymore than one win. We appreciate the win, but it is the 24-hour rule where we need to focus on the next week and the next game. It is a short week and we have to get back to work.”
VASJ hosts St. Thomas Aquinas on Oct. 5.