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Vienna-Goreville defeats Hamilton

Posted September 5, 2012 by Mike McGinnis in Sports

The Eagles defeated Hamilton County 44-15 Monday night in a game that began Friday night. The game was stopped early in the second quarter due to lightning.
~ photo courtesy Tenia Calhoon

The Vienna-Goreville High School varsity football team evened its season record at 1-1 with a 44-15 win at Hamilton County in a game that was completed last Monday night.  The contest began on Friday night, but play was stopped early in the second quarter because of lightning, and the decision was made to continue the game on Monday.

V-G fumbled the opening kick-off and Hamilton County recovered, giving the Foxes possession at the V-G 37 yard line.  They moved the ball down to the Eagles’ nine yard line, where the V-G defense stiffened, and the Foxes settled for field goal to take a 3-0 lead.  The Eagles had to punt on their first possession, but got the ball back when Jacob Hosier recovered a fumble at the Hamilton County 35 yard line.  On the next play, Connor Seavers broke loose for a 26 yard gain down to the Foxes nine.  A couple of plays later, Caleb Miles scored the first of his three touchdowns for the game, on a one yard run.  Mason Bishop’s extra point kick was blocked, making V-G’s lead 6-3 with 6:00 left in the first quarter.  On the Foxes next possession, Colton Brown and Brandon Pyle combined for a third down quarterback sack, forcing Hamilton County to punt on fourth and long.  The Eagles blocked the punt and took over on the Foxes 20 yard line.  Runs by Hayden McClain and Caleb Belcher moved V-G to the two, then Miles ran it in to give the Eagles a 12-3 lead at the end of the first quarter.  The score stayed that until the field was cleared due to the weather, with 10:45 left in the second period.

The game resumed from that point on Monday night.  The Eagles quickly added to their lead, as Seavers scored on a 10 yard touchdown run, putting V-G ahead 18-3 at the 9:39 mark.  The Eagles made it 25-3 on a five yard run by Miles and extra point kick by Bishop.  The Foxes scored with 4:52 left in the period to make it 25-9.  Early in the fourth quarter, V-G extended its lead to 32-9 when Christian Dahncke bootlegged around the left side for a 10 yard touchdown run and Bishop again kicked the point after.  Seavers made it 38-9 three minutes later on a one yard run.  The Foxes scored on a short run with 6:22 remaining, then Seavers closed out the scoring with a 20 yard touchdown run at the 1:52 mark, to make the final margin.

V-G head coach Mike Rude was pleased with the Eagles’ performance.  He told the team “this was a big win for us, a lot of good things for us tonight.  I’m so proud of you.”  He also noted that the secondary had played well – Caleb Belcher and Blake Gray each had interceptions.  Coach Rude commented that the win was a “team effort, we’re starting to play football the way football is supposed to be played.”  The offensive line play was also a key to the victory as they consistently opened up running room, helping the Eagles pile up 289 yards rushing.  Assistant coach Brian Trambley pointed out that the offensive line “really got off the ball.”  Seavers rushed for 165 of those yards to lead the Eagles.

Up next for the varsity is a home game this Saturday (Sept. 8) with Fairfield at 1:00 p.m.  The freshman team travels to Fairfield on Thursday (Sept. 6), and the sophomore squad plays at Fairfield next Monday.