by Richard Lamb
Posen’s number one job this week will be to put last week’s game behind them. A short-handed Vikings squad came out on the short end of a 45-0 loss in Cedarville last Friday (Sept. 2).
The Vikings (1-1) have a chance to get on the winning track as they host Charleton Heston Academy of St. Helen Friday. Charleton Heston lost 62-0 to Engadine in week one then won by forfeit over Brimley after Brimley canceled its varsity football season.
In Cedarville, Posen never could get the offense clicking in typical Viking fashion. Posen played without three starters and lost another, lineman Caleb Reese, to an injury in the first quarter. Defensively, they gave up 242 rushing and 83 passing yards but could only muster 111 yards of offense.
“We knew Cedarville was going to be tough. They are always physical and well coached. They really took it to us tonight,” Posen head coach Greg Pietsch said after the game.
A STEADY RUSH on junior quarterback Dylan Schuch limited the elusive offensive threat to 19 yards on 19 carries. He completed 4-of-6 passing attempts for 21 yards and was sacked three times for a loss of 23 yards.
Posen’s Darren Dubie had a good day for the Vikings gaining 89 yards on 15 rushing attempts. Cedarville shut down Posen’s passing game, taking away the middle of the field and closing the gaps around the ends.
“It’s early in the season and we played a very good team and a very physical team. That is the type of team I would like to see us be. We have a lot of respect for them. Our kids have a choice to make. We would really like to see them work harder and step up and turn into a better football team,” Pietsch said.
Cedarville scored on its first offensive play from scrimmage, a 35-yard run by Chase Massey. Massey scored again on a 1-yard run on Cedarville’s next possession, capping a five-play, 30-yard drive.
DUBIE HAD runs of 17 and 16 yards in Posen’s next drive, which advanced the ball to near midfield. But the drive ended after nine plays and a punt as the first quarter ended.
The teams traded punts before Cedarville scored on its next two possessions. The first came on a 7-yard run with 7:05 left in the first half. After a Posen punt and a 47-yard return to the Viking 13-yard line, Cedarville scored on the next play to make it 30-0 with 4:33 left in the half.
Pietsch called for an onsides kick, which Brady Chojnacki fell on to start the second half. Facing fourth-and-five, Schuch picked up 12 on a run around the end. Dubie had a 15-yard gainer to get to the Cedarville 35-yard line. Schuch again saved a fourth-down play with a 12-yard pass to Dubie.
Posen’s best chance to score came in the closing moments of the fourth quarter. After Dubie busted another 15-yarder, Ryan Styma kept the drive alive with a fumble recovery to give the Vikings first and goal at the 9. But that drive ended as Posen fumbled at the 3 with under two minutes left and Cedarville ran out the clock.
Total offense: Cedarville 242 rushing, 83 passing. Posen 106 rushing, 21 passing.
Individual: Passing, Schuch 4-of-6, 23 yards.
Rushing: Dubie 15/89; Schuch 19/19; Wisniewski 5/4; S. Chojnacki 1 –6.
Receiving: Dubie 3/11; Styma 1/11; I. Hincka 1 –1.
Leading tackler: Dubie 4, Schuch 3. Fumble recoveries by B. Chojnacki, Styma.