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The tone was set early in the game, as the ’Canes literally hit the ground running behind Casella, who picked up an early first down for his squad en route to 30 carries for the night. Fink also helped to move the chains and plunged through Viking defenders for another first down.
The Vikings’ defense found itself on the ropes early, but Cole Barnhardt, Trevor Whelski, and Tim Schorr stepped up to make stops.
After Williams Valley appeared to be getting its defense into a rhythm, the Haven offense continued to move deeper and deeper into Viking territory. Just like that, Casella’s short touchdown gave the ’Canes a 7-0 lead.
The Vikings hadn’t trailed by more than one score all season and it was expected they would respond with a score of their own. with a score of their own. The only problem: That didn’t happen. Instead, Stephen Sedesse and Cole Barnhardt took turns plunging through a Haven defense that wouldn’t budge a single yard. The Haven defense shut down the strong ground attack that has provided the Vikings with so much success all year long.
As time ticked off the game clock, the Schuylkill Haven offense continued to slowly but surely move the chains for additional first downs. From nine yards out, Fink pushed his way past Williams Valley defenses for Haven’s second score of the evening, and the Vikes’ biggest deficit (14-0) dating back to last season.
Frustrated on the ground, the Vikings soon moved to their passing attack behind Sedesse. It came as no surprise to the Haven defense who appeared to be more than ready for anything. Soon, it was Fink who was back under center and ready to extend the ’Canes lead to a greater margin. They did just that, making the scored 21-0 and appearing to seal the Vikings’ fate.
But, that wasn’t the case. In fact, the Vikings responded immediately with time ticking away before halftime. On Williams Valley’s next possession, Sedesse dropped back and connected with Schorr, who sprinted 69 yards to the pile line. The Vikings connected on the two-point conversion to cut the margin to 21-8.
The Haven offense regained possession with hopes of scoring once more before the half. Instead, Barnhardt made a crucial stop for the Vikings and forced the ’Canes to punt.
Schorr, who had put the Vikings on the board, once again rose to the occasion. He received the Haven punt and juked out a defender as he made his way on a whopping 82 yard run for the Vikings’ second touchdown of the evening. The Williams Valley sideline exploded as the home team now trailed only 21-16.
After halftime, the Williams Valley offense appeared to lose some steam as the Hurricane offense continued to fire on all cylinders. Brett Biever chipped in for a carry, but the ’Canes elected to stick with their two-headed offensive monster, Fink and Casella. Each player scored a touchdown to push the Schuykill Haven lead to 35-16.
The fourth quarter saw Haven choosing mainly to run the ball and run out the clock.
Fink posted 199 yards’ rushing and Casella earned 137 yards and two touchdowns on his 30 touches.
Barnhart led the Vikings – who ended their season 10-2 – with 71 yards.
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