By RayJaun Stelly, The Seattle Medium
Showcasing their explosive playmakers on both offense and defense, Head Coach Corey Sampson and his Rainier Beach Vikings posted an impressive 33-0 victory over Mt. Tahoma in the season opener for both teams.
While the 20th ranked Vikings’ boast the star-studded trio of Nahmir Robinson, Jaelin Green, and Joshua Conerley, Jr. as the nucleus of their team, the 2021 version of the Rainier Beach Vikings has a host of players that can change the tide of a game at any point in time.
In their game against Mt. Tahoma, wide receiver Shaki Davis and quarterback Chance Guadiz proved to be essential to Rainier Beach’s success on the offensive side of the ball. Davis’s speed and route running was problematic for the T-Birds defense and created opportunities for his fellow receivers, while the playmaking of Guadiz and his ability to read the defense was impressive as he completed 50% of his passes for 238 yards and three touchdowns.
The receiver combination of Green, Davis, and Robinson was amazing to watch — from Green’s 86-yard and 30-yard touchdown catches, to Davis scoring the games’ first touchdown on a 67-yard catch and run, to Robinson doing it all from touchdowns to two-point conversions or gaining 10 yards every time he received a handoff – the trio was the driving force behind the Vikings 27-0 lead after three quarters of play.
“Offensively we are explosive, I knew they couldn’t match our speed,” said Sampson. “Green, Davis, and Robinson are probably the most explosive players in the state, they’re a threat to score every time they touch the ball.”
Despite being up 27 points through 3 quarters, Sampson’s team didn’t take their foot off the gas especially defensively, as they made it extremely difficult for Mt. Tahoma to gain any momentum.
“Jacob Sio and Jamil Beleford held the middle of the defense down,” said Sampson. “The secondary had a no-fly zone with Caleb Presley leading the way.”
Defensively, The Vikings’ Conerley (6’5”, 280) was a disruptive force as usual, but linebacker Scott’Tre Humphrey and defensive end Dallas Afalava were equally as disruptive as they recorded sacks and tackles for loss at critical points in the game that either forced Mt. Tahoma to turn over the ball on downs or forced the T-Birds to punt.
With a dominant performance behind them, Rainier Beach looks like they’ll be a force to be reckoned with in the Metro league, as they hope to climb the rankings ladder throughout the season.
“Our season goal is to win state,” said Sampson. “We just want to get into the state playoffs and open some eyes.”
The Vikings look to improve on their opening game performance this Friday, when they take on Foster in a non-league matchup.