By RayJaun Stelly, The Seattle Medium
Coming into their rivalry game against the Garfield Bulldogs, the Rainier Beach Vikings were determined to make a statement by running the ball and establishing their defensive dominance. And over the course of the game, the Vikings controlled the momentum and outcome of the game regardless of the time and score.
After neither team put up points in their first offensive series, Rainier Beach would establish their style of play and never look back. Following a Garfield turnover on downs, Rainier Beach set the tone for the game behind the running of Scot’Tre Humphrey.
Humphrey would get a majority of the carries, as the Vikings took control of the line of scrimmage and marched down the field. Humphrey would cap off the drive with a 10-yard touchdown run, giving the Viking an early 7-0 lead.
With momentum now on their side, Rainier Beach gained complete control of the game on both sides of the ball.
Garfield’s offensive line couldn’t hold up against the tenacious Rainier Beach defense. In the first half alone, the Vikings forced two interceptions, a punt, and a turnover on downs.
With their defense playing great, Rainier Beach’s offense began to flourish. The Vikings went on to score two more rushing touchdowns and completed a two-point conversion, as the led 22-0 at halftime.
Heading into the third quarter, Rainier Beach Head Coach Corey Sampson and his team refused to let up. Receiving the second half kick, the Vikings would score another rushing touchdown just two minutes into the quarter.
Upon scoring, the Vikings’ defense picked up where they left off and caused havoc for Garfield’s offense. Remaining aggressive, the Vikings had two second half interceptions and fumble recovery, as things continued to go their way.
Wearing down the Bulldogs’ defense, Rainier Beach would put up a total of six rushing touchdowns – three by quarterback Chance Gaudiz – as they went on to defeat their crosstown rivals 41-0.
With the win, the Vikings posted back-to-back Metro League victories. While Garfield suffered their second Metro League loss of the season.