West View offense too much for Meadowview
The battle between the West View Indians and the Meadowview Vikings had the potential coming in to be a defensive showdown, and for a half, it lived up to its billing.
The second half became an offensive clinic for the Indians, as they finished the night with more than 150 rushing yards and 100 passing yards in a 29-8 victory over the Vikings.
With the win, West View snaps a two-game losing streak to improve to 2-2 on the year, while the defeat ends a two-game winning streak for Meadowview and drops them to 2-2.
“I was proud of our team and how they finished,” Indians coach Jason Hensley said. “We thought we had a chance to wear them down, and that’s what we did. The offensive line had a huge night, and we had some holes to run through in the second half.”
Quarterback John Foreback tossed for more than 100 yards and two scores and added a rushing touchdown. Austin Collard, who was a wide receiver before a rash of injuries forced him to move to running back, eclipsed the century mark in rushing yards and scored a TD in the win.
“Foreback had a good night also, and Collard was big for us playing running back after we moved him from receiver to make up for some injuries,” Hensley said. “It was just a great night for the Indians. We played well as a team, and I’m proud of them.”
After a scoreless first quarter, the Vikings got on the board first late in the first half. Jacob Harrell, who ran for 91 yards in the contest, pounded his way into the end zone from 2 yards out before adding the two-point conversion to put Meadowview up 8-0 with 2:25 left in the half.
Meadowview had another opportunity in the second frame, but their drive stalled at the West View 13 as the first half ended.
The Vikings recovered an Indian fumble early in the third, but they turned the ball over on downs when the snap on an attempted punt sailed over the punter’s head.
The Indians took over at the Meadowview 37 and took only two plays to score. Foreback hit Colton Misenheimer for a 17-yard reception before tossing a 20-yard TD pass to Austin Smith. Collard added the two-pointer to knot the score at 8.
West View’s Brad Smith recovered a fumble on the next Viking drive, and Foreback found Tommy Cobble for a 29-yard TD pass.
Collard’s two-point run gave the Indians a 16-8 lead with 2:06 left in the third.
After another Meadowview lost fumble, West View marched down the field again. Collard broke free for a 31-yard gain on a third-and-long play, and he finished the drive with a 3-yard scoring run to make it 22-8 early in the fourth.
The final points came after West View recovered a bad snap on the Viking 7. Two plays later, Foreback ran 9 yards for a touchdown, and Christian Holland added the extra point to make the final, 29-8.
-By Matt Daniels, Tribune Sports Editor