There was no doubt that with the number of sophomores and freshmen playing for the Evergreen Vikings this season, there would be some serious growing pains.
Those growing pains were no more apparent than in the first six minutes against Montpelier as a trio of mistakes led to three Montpelier scores, and the Locos used a triad of pass interceptions later in the half to roll to a 41-0 lead on the way to a 41-15 victory this past Friday at Evergreen.
On the opening kickoff, the Locos Austin Grubb went through a number of missed tackles on a 53 yard return that set up his own six yard TD jaunt four plays later to give the Locos a quick 7-0 lead.
Montpelier popped up the ensuing kickoff near the Viking sideline and the Locos recovered at the 33 which set up another four play drive that Bryce Colley finished with a four yard run to make it 13-0 with 8:53 left in the first.
Evergreen fumbled on the first play after the kickoff and Grubb finished a 29 yard drive with a 13 yard run to make it 20-0 before the halfway mark of the quarter.
Cooley later scored on a 30 yard run to make it 27-0 after 12 minutes.
Evan Friend then intercepted a Tyler Noe pass and raced 60 yards for a score and a short time later, Friend picked off his second Noe aerial of the half setting up Zac Mason’s 13 yard touchdown to Kolden Uribes.
Evergreen got on the board in the second half after Grant Donnald picked off a Mason pass. The Vikings then went 57 yards in nine plays, capped by Hunter Van Wert’s 11 yard dash.
Jack Etue later hit Van Wert with a 21 yard touchdown to cap scoring for the night.
In all, Montpelier ran for 233 yards as Grubb had 84 and Cooley 75. Mason was just 4 of 12 in the air for 54 yards.
Van Wert led the Viking rushers with 41 yards while Etue had 80 yards on 7 for 19 passing.
Evergreen will look for its first win when they travel to Ottawa Hills this Friday to face the Green Bears.
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