Jordan Fink (45) of Minneota collared Adrian’s Andrew Lonnerman but in the process Fink’s helmet began to come off. Minneota won the season opener, 43-13 over Adrian.
This week they are at Fulda in the first game away from home this year.
The Sports Gods Must Love Me
By BYRON HIGGIN, Mascot Publisher
After watching the Minneota Vikings volleyball and football teams in their openers this week a very distinct thought occurred to me.
A smile came across my face as I stood on the sidelines at the football game, after already watching the Vikings fine volleyball team.
The thought: “The Sports Gods must like me.”
Fact: I could have landed in a thousand and one places,
But I landed in Minneota as a full-fledged sports fan. I’m also a community guy who likes to get involved.
So when both these fine teams showed me some real expertise, I suddenly felt as though I’d been given a gift.
One of the hardest-hitting football players I’ve seen in a long time is Viking Mike Hammer.
Thursday night his teammate Will Kurka, who is also no slouch on defense, called Hammer “an animal” on defense.
After the win over Adrian I asked Hammer for his take on the game.
“I thought we did good on defense. It was fun ... we had a lot of fun back there.”
He added, “It was kinda hard because this is a team that throws a lot of different formations at you so we have to run the same thing the whole game. We did pretty good, though.”
Hammer said the Vikings, “Usually have a tough time against this team (Adrian) and they usually are tough.”
As for Kurka, he also felt as though, “Our defense did really well tonight. Hammer is just an animal out there. Our linebackers did a really good job and came out hard for us.”
He added that Adrian, “Likes to run up the gut against us and they tried to pass but our secondary did a good job. We couldn’t blitz them much because of the different formations they come out in.”
Both Hammer and Kurka called the first-play touchdown on a pass from Sam Derynck to Tony Noyes was, “A real confidence booster,” as Kurka put it.
Coach Chad Johnston was happy with the first game win.
“All in all I was happy with our performance tonight. We had some mental mistakes that we were not happy with and some penalties at crucial times and that’s one of the things we’re going to eliminate. But as far as execution and everything else, if you take away the mental mistakes, we looked very good.”
It was ironic that the first-play touchdown pass taken by Noyes was the same play they scored on at the scrimmage against Springfield last week.
“It was exactly the same play. We said right away, if we see that cover we were going to go after it right away,” the coach said.
The coach felt as though many players “stepped up” and met the challenge against Adrian.
Amongst them was, “Our whole linebacking crew. Maybe we didn’t get quite as much out of our defensive front as we wanted, but sometimes their job is to plug things up and let the linebackers make plays.”
Hammer, Justin Fox and Victor Montelongo, sophomore Adam Josephson, “Are all physical linebackers and they did a really good job,” said the coach.
He said Josephson has been a pleasant surprise, adding, “He’s looking extremely good.”
Ashlynn Muhl socked the ball against MCC.
By Byron Higgin
After the season opener Ashlynn Muhl was all smiles.
Sam Hennen bent over slightly, raised up and finally was able to push a smile onto her face.
Leah Fadness was holding her side, trying to catch her breath after suffering stomach illness that caused her to relieve herself during the game.
She thought the problem might be dehydration.
The trio is the core of a Minneota volleyball machine that was tested before they rose up and defeated Murray County Central, 3-0.
“It seemed like it took us some time to get together and get going,” said Ashlynn Muhl, the player whose solid smashes turned the tide in the second game.
The come-from-behind kids won the first game 25-22 despite trailing as much as 13-5.
In the second contest they were down 11-4 before rallying to win, 25-21.
“I knew we’d come back,” said Muhl.
The final game was much easier as the Vikings began to get their back-row digs and passes together behind libero Kelsey Hennen and Sam Hennen to take the final game easily, 25-13.
“As we stick together and get going, we get a lot stronger,” said Muhl.
The tide turned for good during the middle of the second game when Muhl took over the middle of the game and pounded five hits to lead her team back from a 14-12 deficit into a 23-20 lead that eventually was won when Muhl slapped the final point across the net.
"We had the first game jitters and we came out better the second game," said Muhl.
During one stretch in the first game Kelsey Hennen served her team back from a 13-7 deficit with nine straight points and a 15-12 lead.
“They had a big front row,” Muhl said about the Rebels, who were led by 6-1 senior Emily Bose. “I guess you just have to wait on her and block her,” said Muhl.
“She’s been playing against us since she was in the eighth grade,” said Sam Hennen about Bose. “She has a few inches on me,” Hennen laughed.
Falling behind might have panicked another team, but not the Vikings.
“It doesn’t bother us. We’ve all played together for a long time. I thought we came back really well. Everyone was fired up," said Sam Hennen.
Leah Fadness played despite feeling ill and she contributed with solid play at the net.
Jenna Hennen was also timely with her hitting and late in the first game she had a couple of power smashes that sealed the first-game win for the Vikings.
“We played a lot better at the end, blocking and in general,” added Sam Hennen
Muhl had 13 kills for the Vikings with Sam Hennen, Jenna Hennen and Fadness adding five each. Setter Taya Kockelman had 32 set assists. At the net, Muhl and Kockelman had five ace blocks.
"Our defense is a lot better," and "blocking in general was good," added Sam Hennen.
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