Flames get sacked by Vikings

By Joseph Szalinski

The Northgate Flames (0-6, 0-4) ventured across the McKees Rocks Bridge to face off against the Sto-Rox Vikings (4-2, 3-1) on Friday, Sept. 28. Returning to play ball on a field under “Friday Night Lights,” after a series of Saturday games, was enough to disrupt the Flames, resulting in an eventual score of 54-0.

Within minutes of the start of the first quarter, the Vikings had scored their first touchdown. Despite the initial upset, the Flames managed to ward off any additional points by Sto-Rox. After a lackluster Flames' possession, the ball returned to the Vikings, who scored their second TD, supplemented by a successful two-point conversion, making the score 14-0.

The Flames had a brief possession, earning very few yards during it. Anthony Barbarino punted out of bounds, allowing the Vikings to get a first down. Within a handful of plays, the Vikings easily made their way to the end zone with a pass. Luckily for the Flames, they were able to prevent the Vikings from scoring a two-point conversion, keeping the score at 20-0.

QB sneaks, hand-offs to Barbarino, incomplete passes, and failed snaps quickly returned the ball to the Vikings. Two passes later, Sto-Rox yearned yet another touchdown. And just like before, the two-point conversion was no good.

As was typical of the game, the Flames gave up possession almost as soon as they got it, allowing the kick, along with a couple missed tackles, to result in another touchdown, a 62-yard return, and blocked two-point conversion, making the score 32-0 by the end of the first half.

Unbelievably, the Vikings ushered in the second half with a 54-yard touchdown and a successful two-point conversion, making the score 40-0. Once the Flames had control of the ball again, it was back to messy snaps, frenetic plays, and incomplete passes. With the reliance on Devon Christie to run plays himself, the Vikings had plenty opportunity to sack him, giving them 30 sacks, the leading number in their division. Upon getting the ball again, the Vikings scored within two plays. The two-point conversion was good as well. The night also marked Vikings QB Eric Wilson's 40th touchdown pass. By the end of the third, the score was 48-0.

Beset by penalties, loss of yards, and a fading enthusiasm for the game, Northgate gave up another touchdown, making the final score 54-0, with the Vikings claiming victory on their homecoming night. The Flames play their next game at home, Saturday, Oct. 6, for homecoming, against Springdale (0-6, 0-3).