Though it was apparent in just a short time after the game began that not many serious huddles would be needed, Williams High School Vikings football players stop for a moment to get words from Head Coach and WHS Athletic Diretor Rick Shipley at their Sept. 3 home opener against Pinõn. The game ended at half-time on the mercy rule with a score of 50-6 in favor of the Vikings.
The Vikes scored an almost ridiculous 42 points in just the first quarter alone with a 43-yard touchdown run from Mano Zabala, a 51-yard punt return/touchdown followed by a 35-yard touchdown from Chance Grantham, and a 24-yard interception return that led to a touchdown from Mark Pixley.
With time still running on the first quarter clock, Garrett Hendel made a 30-yard TD off a pass from quarterback Wesley Scruggs, and Grantham chimed in again with eight yards, crossing the goal line to bring the game to the second quarter and a score of 42-zip.
The boys slowed down a little in the second, allowing a measly six-point TD from Pinõn, and made the two-point conversion on a Mano Zabala 35-yard TD run for a lop-sided 50-6 contest.
Officials called the game at halftime on the mercy rule.
Though pleased by the Vikes’ overall performance, Vikings Head Coach Rick Shipley says games like this one make it difficult to assess his players.
“It’s hard to judge because the game was so one-sided,” Shipley said.
He did admit, however, that even though the Pinõn team appeared to be out-manned, the Vikings had some passing trouble that they will focus on before the next contest.
The Vikings will play Sedona — a much tougher opponent — Friday on the WHS football field at 7 p.m.
On a related note, it has been reported that with the recent victory, Shipley is now celebrating his 100th win. The News offers its congratulations.