“ROX” STAR: Jones Leads Vikings Back in 25-7 Win
Written by: Billy Splain on Friday, October 2nd, 2009
MCKEES ROCKS, Pa. – The only place where the stadium lights shined on the first night of October were those at Sto-Rox Stadium as all eyes were on a battle between the Vikings and the Seton LaSalle Rebels in a Thursday night showdown. The night sure felt like October weather, as temperatures reached the low 40’s for the first time this season.
There was no doubt the Thursday night showdown was a chance for all to witness the 6’5, 230 pound Vikings quarterback Paul Jones who is a Penn State recruit. However if the Rebels were supposed to lay down to Jones and the Vikings, they didn’t get the memo.
Seton LaSalle came into the game with all intentions on keeping their unblemished record in tacked, and in the first half that looked like it would happen. In what was a classic tale of two halves, it was the Rebels who were in control of the first half.
Seton would get the first and only first half points on the board when quarterback Anthony Rizza found Mike Del Sardo for a 9-yard touchdown strike, Rizza completed 8 of his 13 passes in the first half and is one of the top passers in the WPIAL having 1,040 yards on season after just five weeks. Little did Seton know that was the last time they would light the scoreboard.
After the score, it wasn’t like both teams had chances to get scores but the first half went on in what was more like a battle between punters or who can get a turnover on downs faster. Sto-Rox couldn’t get anything going on the offensive side of the ball, and Jones (7 of 16 in the first half) look flustered and threw many off target balls, not to mention he still looked like he was walking with a bit of limp from his broken ankle back in July. Thanks to the Vikings defense they only faced a 7 point deficit going into the half.
Half number two told a different story, and really looked like the teams had flipped roles. The first drive of the second half Jones lead a drive right down the field, putting the Vikings on the board on a 38-yard pass to Marzett Geter, who somehow kept his balance to get in for the score after getting blasted around the eight yard line.
It would be more appropriate if the Sto-Rox were the Rebels, at least they sure acted like rebels as the decided to go for the two-point conversion after the Geter TD, however the two was no problem for the Vikings as they punched in the score and took a one point lead, a lead they would never relinquish.
The Vikings would put this one to bed, when Paul Jones showed off his rocket for an arm on a 44-yard pass once again finding the awaiting hands of Geter. Jones made a pretty play for the conversion on a dump pass to seal the deal leading 16-7, with just 5 minutes to go.
That score didn’t stop the Vikings defense from sacking Rizza in the end zone for a safety. The Vikings special teams didn’t find it fair that everyone was scoring except them, they changed that on the free kick when Dontae Gilmore scampered up the far sidelines 60-yards for a touchdown. That would conclude the score for the game, and the outcome as the Vikings gave the Rebels their first loss of the ’09 season 25-7.
The Rebels (4-1) are sure to take their first loss in stride, but could have a tougher test on their hands next week when they host South Fayette, who did their home work tonight on the Rebels as some of Lions coaching staff was in attendance.
As for the Vikings (4-1) they right their ship after a tough loss last week to South Fayette (4-0), now Sto-Rox will continue their Century Conference schedule looking to fill the second spot in the conference. That second seed quest will continue next week vs. Steel Valley. Also Paul Jones will look to continue to recover from not only his ankle injury, but he also suffered a bruised shin during tonight’s game, but how he played in the second half tonight no one should underestimate him or the Vikings, injured or not.
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