The first half of the 2018 season didn’t go the way the VASJ Vikings had in mind.
However, the second half of the year so far – and the first part of the NCL White schedule – have gone just fine.
For the second straight week, VASJ dominated a visiting league opponent as the Vikings blanked St. Thomas Aquinas, 35-0, on Oct. 5.
VASJ (2-5, 2-0 NCL) lost its first five games of the season, but have won the last two by a combined score of 70-14. The Vikings are unbeaten in NCL White play with three games to go.
“I think early on, with some of the teams we were playing and our young guys still adjusting, the game was moving a little bit fast, but now the past two weeks, the competition has evened out and we are starting to click,” VASJ coach Bill Sowers said.
“Momentum is a huge thing and I think our guys are feeling better about themselves and it has carried over after a few tough weeks.”
Quarterback A.J. Fabo threw four touchdown passes – three to sophomore Jordan Dean – to lead a 414-yard offensive attack. Fabo had a season-high 233 yards through the air. Dean finished with five catches for 149 yards and three scores.
“Those guys are starting to get chemistry they weren’t able to work on in the summer because of the QB competition,” Sowers said.
Cam Williams, a defensive standout, showed his offensive prowess with 116 yards rushing and a TD.
“Cam has always played offense, but it is our job as a staff to find ways to get him the football. He is a playmaker,” Sowers said.
The VASJ defense was suffocating, limiting the Knights to 105 yards on 51 plays.
The Vikings will try for a third straight victory and attempt to remain atop the NCL White standings when they travel to Bedford Bearcat Stadium to face Trinity on Oct. 12.
“We told the guys that they earned the 0-5 record to start the year, but make no mistake, they have earned being 2-0 in the NCL White, and if they want to improve to 3-0 next week they need to focus and work and not take anything lightly and I think we have the young men that are willing to do that.”