Vikings fall in football shootout 60-49


Sam Frasco runs the ball during the game against the Albion College Britons, Sat. Sept. 12. Frasco had 469 total offensive yards, breaking Ken Anderson’s school record.

Penalties and unfinished tackles proved to be the bane to the Vikings chances of victory during their home game against Albion College Sat. 12.
Coach Bell called the game, “UNACCEPTABLE” and emphasized that unacceptable be in big letters.
“I don’t think it’s a lack of effort,” Bell said. “They just aren’t trusting what they see. It’s not playing the game fast enough and fitting it in the right way.”
During the game, the lead changed 12 times. The Britons had a total of 733 yards to the Vikings 589.Senior quarterback, Sam Frasco, said the offense did well in the game.
“We were clicking, but there’s a lot we could get better. There’s always learning to be done,” Frasco said.
It was the last two drives by the Britons that ended the tug-of-war, when the Britons scored off two drives, an 85 yard drive that ended in a 58 yard run for the touchdown and a 65 yard drive where the Birtons scored off a 28 yard pass.
Much of the loss can be attributed to the penalties from the defense. The Vikings gave up 147 yards on 14 penalties. Bell responded that a lot of the penalties were due to “stupidity.”
“Obviously, we need to be a bit tougher on the guys,” Bell said.
While the day may have ended in defeat for the Vikings, one brighter note may be found in Frasco who rushed for 218 yards, four touchdowns and threw for 251 yards, breaking Ken Anderson’s school record for total offense in a game by 10 yards.
Breaking the record has been one of Frasco’s aspirations since freshman year.
“It felt really good (breaking the record),” Frasco said. “It was one of my goals.
Bell was on a more win focused mindset than cheering for a record being broken.
“It was all for naught,” Bell said.”If we had won, it would have been a different story.”
Frasco hopes the team will keep moving forward in a positive direction.
“Defensively, we know there are some holes that we need to fix,” Frasco said.
Going into this upcoming weekend’s game, Bell’s primary concern is fixing up the defense and the penalties.
“We need to work on finishing tackles and possibly going live in practice,” Bell said. “We’ve gotta make sure we play the game faster. Sometimes it felt we were playing slow motion.”
The Vikings will be playing their first away game of the season against Loras on Saturday.