Coach Joe Woodruff and Northwest Vikings rolled into Simeon Stadium last Friday and in the words of the late Jim Croce â€œwhen the cutting was done, the only part that wasnâ€™t dirty was the soles of the big mans feet.â€ The Vikings used a meat grinder running game and a smothering defense to steal a big juicy conference win on the road, and keep their conference championship hopes alive.
The Bison â€œBlack Watchâ€ defense gave up 260 yards on the ground, but came up with 4 interceptions and 2 fumble recoveries to hold the Vikings to a couple of touchdowns and a field goal. A two point conversion accounted for the rest of the scoring. A young and banged up Bison offense had a hard time getting untracked, and the Viking defense made the scoring margin stand up for four quarters. It was a hard nosed, physical ball game, in the drizzling rain, with only the mamas and girlfriends watching.
Both teams played hard, and the Vikings deserve all the credit for coming in and imposing their will on the Bison. The Bison still control their own destiny as far as the conference goes with contests left against a dangerous Smith squad this week, and winding up with Page and East Forsyth. Ricky Dowdy led the Bison defense with 10 solos and 8 assist, including two hits for loss. Akeem Langham and Evan Aguillar had interceptions, and Doug Davis picked off two passes.
The Bison must regroup and get ready for a resurgent Smith squad. Good luck to everybody.
*****Coach Helms is the Defensive Coordinator for the HPC Bison and founder of the Black Watch Defense, the Varisty baseball coach for HPC and he is the former head football coach for the Southeast Guilford Falcons.*****