Parkview/Albany drops season debut

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Jalen Knuetson/Adams Publishing Group Parkview quarterback Javon Ferguson is under pressure during the Vikings' game at Johnson Creek Thursday.

JOHNSON CREEK -The Parkview/Albany Vikings' first foray into Trailways Conference as a combined unit didn't quite go as planned.

The Vikings were steamrolled by an excellent Johnson Creek squad Thursday night, falling 40-0.

To prove how good Johnson Creek was going in the first quarter, the third point-after-TD attempt deflected off of the outstretched arms of an Orfordville Parkview/Albany player and through the uprights. Not a tip, full contact and through the uprights.

With spirits waning, the Vikings needed to hope Johnson Creek would grow disinterested to mount a comeback. But the Bluejays dug in on defense and provided a complete effort.

Parkview/Albany carried the ball 38 times for 64 yards. They completed no passes in nine attempts.

"Our defense played really well and a lot of credit goes to coach (Marc) Blakeley," Johnson Creek coach Tim Wagner said. "He put together a great plan for them and they really did a great job executing. They tackled well and really understood their assignments."

On the other side of the ball, Wagner said he desired a more complete effort. The Bluejays fumbled on their first possession and fumbled two yards short of the goaline in the second quarter. Johnson Creek had another scoring opportunity early in the fourth quarter and Swanson threw an interception.

"I don't know what it was, at half we talked about keeping the pedal to the metal and finishing the game strong," Wagner said. "Midway through the third quarter, I think we just lost our focus a little bit."

Part of that could have been disappointment or frustration with their own performance. The Bluejays recovered a fumble in enemy territory twice in the first four minutes of the second half, but failed to take advantage.

The Vikings trailed 21-0 by the time the first quarter ended, and were facing a 27-0 halftime deficit. Charlie Vogt led the Vikings with 19 yards, while quarterback Javon Ferguson failed to complete a pass in nine attempts.

• UP NEXT: The Vikings host Belleville Friday.

Johnson Creek 40, Parkview/Albany 0

Parkview/Albany 0 0 0 0 - 0

Johnson Creek 21 6 6 7 - 40

First downs: OPA 4; JC 14; Yards rushing (att-yds.): OPA 38-64 JC 33-171; Yards passing: OPA 0 JC 125; Attempts: OPA 9 JC 17; Completions: OPA 0 JC 10; Had intercepted - OPA 1 JC 1; Total yards - OPA 64 JC 396; Penalties, yards: OPA 3-12; JC 6-45; Fumbles, lost: OPA 4-4 JC 0-0.

JC - Swanson 2 run (Griffiths kick)

JC - Owen 40 pass from Swanson (Griffiths kick)

JC - Swanson 32 fumble return (Griffiths kick)

JC - Budig 8 run (kick failed)

JC - Swanson 14 run (kick failed)

JC - Owen 12 pass from Swanson (Griffiths kick)

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