V-G Eagles finish season with 6-4 record
By Mike McGinnis
The Vienna-Goreville football Eagles faced a big challenge in Saturday’s first round Class 3A play-off game as V-G travelled to Carterville to take on the state’s top ranked team. The Eagles played hard but went down to defeat by the score of 48-13 to end their season with a 6-4 record. Carterville remained unbeaten with a 10-0 record and will host Mt. Carmel in the second round of the play-offs this Saturday.
Carterville got on the board first when quarterback Michael Aschemann scored on a three yard run at the 7:13 mark of the opening quarter. A fumble on V-G’s next possession gave the ball right back to the Lions and they quickly pushed their lead to 13-0 on a 39 yard touchdown pass. Carterville added another touchdown pass with 3:04 left in the period to make it 20-0.
After the ensuing kickoff, the Eagles took over on their own 20 and put together a nice drive that Connor Seavers capped with a six yard touchdown run to open the second quarter, getting V-G within 20-6. A key play in the drive came when Seavers broke loose for a 40 yard run to the Carterville 30 and a face mask penalty on the Lions at the end of the play moved the ball down to the 15. From there, two runs by Kyefer Cavins and another by Seavers put the ball at the six, setting up Seavers’ touchdown.
V-G was able to move the ball on their next two possessions with a drive to the Carterville 33 and another to the 14, but the Eagles could not capitalize, while the Lions scored twice more to take a 35-6 lead into halftime.
Carterville made it 41-6 with a touchdown early in the third quarter, then closed out their scoring with another touchdown at the 5:27 mark of the period for a 48-6 lead. Cavins tallied V-G’s second touchdown when he scored on a 19 yard run on the first play of the fourth quarter. Tyler Bishop kicked the extra point to make the 48-13 final margin.
Head coach Mike Rude credited the Lions, saying “Carterville is a very fine football team.” Carterville’s head coach Dennis Drust stopped by V-G’s post game huddle to tell the Eagles they had played a good game and had represented their conference well.
Coach Rude also told the team “you’ve overcome so many things on a daily basis.” He reminded them of the commitment it will take, especially during the off-season, to duplicate the success the Eagles have had the last two seasons.
The Eagles totalled 287 yards of offense. Kyefer Cavins led the way with 167 yards rushing and a touchdown, while Connor Seavers ran for 95 yards and a touchdown.