It wasn’t the outcome VASJ coach Elvis Grbac was looking for, but the former Viking standout loved the fight his team showed in a season-opening 28-25 loss to CVCA on Aug. 30 at Euclid High.
The Royals jumped out to a 14-0 lead before Joey Webb got the Vikings on the board with an interception return.
The Royals had it going on the ground led by quarterback Michael Bevington. He had 17 carries for 120 yards and a TD. Shane Douglas added 176 yards on 25 touches and three TDs.
“I was proud of the way the kids fought,” Grbac said. “We got down 14-0 early in the game, but they had a good resolve and straightened out a couple of things when in years past it might have been different. But this is a different team and a different year.
“We need to do a better job in the run game on both sides of the ball.”
Andre Terry and Noah Clarke each scored TDs for VASJ (0-1).
“I told them after the game we are a good football team and we’re going to get better,” Grbac said. “We just came up a little bit short. This is a young team that fought and never gave in and now we have to focus on Collinwood.”
To start the second half, VASJ scored quickly as Kevin Eiseman scampered for a 70-yard run. He threw for 152 yards with two TDs on 14-of-20 passing. He also added 104 rushing yards on 11 carries and a TD.
“Sometimes you learn more about a team in a loss than in a win,” Grbac said. “The guys know they left some opportunities out there. I am very proud of the effort.”