McARTHUR – The Vinton County Vikings capped off an exciting homecoming night on Friday with a 45-0 Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division win over the River Valley Raiders.

The Vikings have a 5-2 record and are 3-0 in TVC-Ohio Division play. River Valley dropped to 2-4 and 1-4 in conference play.

The Vikings have positioned themselves for a shot of winning their first Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division title since 1999. It was the final season the Vikings played at Marvin Koenecke field before moving in 2000.

The Vikings will have to defeat Nelsonville-York on the road next week and Wellston at home in the final regular season game the following week.

Vinton County head coach TJ Carper says to be in a position to win a TVC Ohio title is exciting and thought his team was clicking on all cylinders.

“We thought we may have a chance to be in this position, but to be here is amazing,” Carper said. “It feels great to be in a spot where you can control your fate. The kids are happy, the coaches are happy, and everybody's happy.”

On the field, the Vikings’ offensive and defense sent the homecoming crowd home happy with a strong performance.

The Vikings finished with an impressive 428 yards in total offense, including 349 on the ground, and 20 first downs.

Gabe Raschke finished with 156 rushing yards on 13 carries and a score to lead the ground attack. He also kicked a 33-yard field goal in the fourth quarter. Zayne Karr had 134 yards on 22 totes, along with three touchdowns and threw a touchdown pass as well.

Quarterback Braylon Damron garnered 31 yards, while Broc Moore had 25 yards on eight carries.

Damron completed 5 of 10 pass attempts for 45 yards, including a 30-yard touchdown pass to Caiden Collins. The Vikings also scored on a 34-yard pass from Zayne Karr to River Hayes.

Hayes caught three passes for 49 yards for the game, while Collins caught one for 30 yards.

The Vikings began their scoring fest late in the first quarter on an 11-yard touchdown run by Karr.

Raschke followed with a 52-yard scamper at the 10:23 mark in the second quarter. The Vikings found the end-zone again when Karr scored on a seven-yards run to make it 21-0 with 1:24 left.

The Vikings forced a fumble on River Valley’s ensuing possession, and Damron found Collins on a 30-yard pass with 20 seconds remaining.

In the third quarter, the Viking scored at the 9:11 mark on a one-yard run by Karr for a 35-0 lead. The score triggered the running clock that goes into effect when a team goes up by 30 or more points in the second half.

The next score came with 2:57 left on a halfback pass from Karr to Hayes.

The Vikings pushed the lead to 45-0 on a field goal by Raschke.

Vinton County’s defense limited the Raiders to 57 total yards of offensive production. The Vikings also recovered two fumbles and the game ended on an interception by Brady Woltz.

The Vikings will now prepare for their trip to Nelsonville-York in a game that TVC-Ohio Division implications.

Coach Carper added the coaching staff is wasting no time preparing for the Buckeyes.

“Coach (Jason) Waugh is already on it,” said Carper. “It’s a big game for us and we have to be prepared. We meet on Sunday’s and will be mapping out the Buckeyes.”

Before the game, Cassandra Mayers was crowned as the 2021 homecoming queen by 2020 Queen Kiki Barlow.