Cardinals too strong for Vikings
The Hayfield Vikings outscored the Lewiston-Altura Cardinals 12-7 in the fourth quarter, but it was too little, too late as the Cardinals won the first three quarters to beat the Vikings 33-18 on Friday, Oct. 11.
Hayfield Head Coach Jeff Snider was pleased with how his team, especially his defense, played in the first quarter.
“Our team came out ready to play. Lewiston really earned their first score of the night. We made them drive and unfortunately they converted a couple fourth downs and they were able to punch in the first score,” he said.
The Vikings’ offense then got a chance to work and they had some success in the first quarter, but weren’t able to convert their drive into points.
“Our offense only had one possession in the first quarter due to time of possession. When we moved the ball it was a good combination of running and passing. I thought both of them had some success against a very tough team,” he said.
While the Vikings’ offense wasn’t rolling, their defense was doing what they could to keep Hayfield in the game.
“Our defense was making Lewiston work for their yards and we did a decent job of limiting their big plays,” Snider said.
Trailing 13-6 at halftime, he emphasized the importance of preventing turnovers and not giving Lewiston-Altura extra chances to score.
“At halftime, we’re continuing to focus on taking care of the football, not providing Lewiston with any additional possessions and looking to have additional takeaways,” he said.
While the Vikings were successful in not committing any turnovers, they weren’t able to get over the hump of scoring points in the third quarter.
“In the third quarter, we were moving the ball, but made a couple mistakes on third downs that resulted in us having to give the ball back to the Cardinals,” he said.
The Cardinals turned Hayfield’s punts into points as they scored 13 points in the third quarter to take a 26-6 lead.
The Vikings’ offense responded in the fourth quarter with a pair of touchdowns.
“The big thing, with our two touchdowns, was that we had some good field position to start with. When you have a shortened field in weather conditions like we had [last Friday], it always makes things a little easier,” he said.
However, the Cardinals added another touchdown in the fourth quarter to seal the win.
“We played a tough team in Lewiston, and we unfortunately didn’t come out on top, but there a lot of positives that we took away from it. Our boys have definitely been fighters and battlers throughout the year. It was great to see the boys go toe-to-toe with a team like Lewiston,” he said.
While Snider was proud of the way his team fought, he thought there were a couple missed opportunities that could have made the game even closer.
“We’re going to work on finishing. Here [against Lewiston] we had a few opportunities to take care of business and we came up just short as we didn’t finish as strongly as we would have liked to have seen,” he said.
The Vikings will try to finish better when they face Rushford-Peterson on Wednesday, Oct. 16.