V-G Football earn spot in play-offs
By Mike McGinnis
The Vienna-Goreville football team qualified for the play-offs for the second straight year with a 23-7 victory over Christopher-Zeigler-Royalton last Saturday at Christopher.
The win gives V-G a 5-3 record, with the Eagles’ final regular season game this Saturday against Eldorado, on Senior Day at Vienna. Kick-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. The play-off pairings will be announced near the end of this month after the regular season has concluded.
On C-Z-R’s second possession of the game, Austyn Frassato recovered a Bearcat fumble at the V-G 34 yard line. However, the Eagles turned the ball over right back and seven plays later, C-Z-R scored on a 19 yard pass and kick for the conversion to give them a 7-0 lead. V-G tied it on the final play of the first quarter when Kyefer Cavins scored on a 10 yard run and Frassato kicked the PAT. The touchdown was set up by a third down, 15 yard run to the 10 by Tylour Daubert.
The score remained tied at 7-7 until late in the second quarter when, following a C-Z-R punt, the Eagles took over near mid-field. On first down, quarterback Christian Dahncke threw a strike to Frassato, who out-jumped the Bearcat defender to make the catch, then broke a couple of tackles on his way to the end zone to complete a 46 yard pass play. Frassato’s extra point kick gave the Eagles a 14-7 halftime lead.
V-G opened the third quarter by driving from its own 40 down to the Bearcats’ six yard line, but the drive stalled and the Eagles settled for a Frassato field goal to push their lead to 17-7. Then the V-G defense took over. Blake Crain, who finished the game with two interceptions and a fumble recovery, picked off a Bearcat pass that Frassato had deflected, giving V-G the ball at its own 10. On C-Z-R’s next possession, Crain recovered a fumble after a hard hit on the Bearcat ball carrier by Cavins and Dallas Melot knocked the ball loose.
With just under four minutes left in the game, Crain’s second interception halted a Bearcat drive at the V-G 13 yard line. From there, three runs by Connor Seavers and a run by Cavins moved the ball out to the 33. On third down, Cavins broke free for a long run to deep into Bearcat territory. The ball came loose as he was being tackled, but V-G’s Colten Schultz recovered it at the C-Z-R 10. After Seavers carried to the seven, Cavins closed out the scoring with his second touchdown run of the day to make the 23-7 final margin.
Head coach Mike Rude congratulated the team on qualifying for the play-offs for the second straight year.
He said “you have a right to be very proud. You made the plays when you had to make the plays.”
V-G rushed for 261 yards, with Kyefer Cavins (130 yards, 2 touchdowns) and Connor Seavers (81 yards) leading the way. Christian Dahncke’s only pass attempt was complete to Austyn Frassato for a 46 yard touchdown.