The Vinton County Vikings will be looking for their second win Friday night when they travel to Lancaster to face the Fairfield Union Falcons in a non-conference contest.
The Vikings played well in the 35-7 win over Piketon a week ago while the Falcons lost to Jackson 31-7 at Alumni Stadium. The Falcons also have a 21-12 win over New Lexington, in their season opener, as they sport a 1-1 record.
The Vikings are looking to avenge a 31-21 loss in McArthur a year ago, while also suffering a 10-8 loss two years ago.
Vinton County head coach Jeff Downs will be looking for a repeat stellar performance from quarterback Naylan Yates who lit up the field with his performance last week at Piketon. His numbers were some of the best he has recorded as he had 32 rushes for 268 yards and four touchdowns and six pass completions on 12 attempts for 80 yards and one touchdown.
"Nolan had a great week and we really needed it," commented Downs. "The weather was bad and he gave a great individual effort."
Downs stated the Falcons overall team effort was good but needs to be built upon as they face a tough opponent. The Vikings, he notes will have to be ready for a team that not only has size and speed but a division I signees as well.
"Fairfield Union has a big, powerful offensive and defensive lines,' said Downs. They have a young man, Colin Woodside, an offensive and defensive lineman, who has signed with the University of Cincinnati."
Downs said the team runs behind him and he creates opportunities for his offense and difficulties for the other teams on defense.
"He is a special kind of player and we have to be ready for him," Downs added,.
Against Jackson last week, the Falcons were only able to score once as quarterback Zach Shinn found Will Ogg on a 23 yard touchdown strike.
Downs stated the practice sessions have been strong this week and the team is health. He notes the Vikings will have to bring a well-rounded game and need to use their speed and quickness for a win.
The kickoff will come at 7:30 p.m. and will be broadcast on WYRO (98.7 FM) and streamed worldwide on the WRYO Facebook Page, as Bob Grillo and Jeff Thacker will be calling the action.