ALBANY – The combination of an explosive offense and a defensive pitching a shutout proved to be the right mix for the Vinton County Vikings on Friday night.

The Vikings improved to 4-1 on the season, 2-0 in TVC-Ohio Division play after a 46-0 win against Alexander.

“This was a solid win and the team clicked well,” said Wellston head coach TJ Carper. “Tonight, everything came together, and I am excited about that.

“However, we just have to stay focused and keep improving.”

Coach Carper has also taken the football program back in time, bring back the wishbone offensive attack. The old fashion offense was a staple in the Vikings program in the late 1980s and 1990s and it worked its wonder against the Spartans on Friday.

“I looked over our kids and decided we had a wishbone type of a team,” said Carper. “I see many coaches running schemes that don’t fit their kids.”

The Vikings have scored 98 points during their last two games.

On offense, several Vikings had big performances, including Gabe Raschke, who had three rushing touchdowns. He rushed for 150 yards on seven carries to lead the way. Zayne Karr finished with 100 yards and two scores for the Vikings. He also had one reception for 25 yards.

Braylon Damron, who rushed for 68 yards, completed 3 of 8 passes for 25 yards.

On defense, Caiden Collins had a standout performance, as had three interceptions, including a 55-yard pick six. River Hayes also had an interception for the Vikings.

Coach Carper was proud of his defensive unit and especially the effort Collins had in the contest.

“Caiden had a night to remember with three interceptions,” said Carper.

The defensive unit also had four sacks against Alexander quarterback Jordan Schulz. Blake Brown led the Vikings with two.

The game started well for the Vikings, as they set the tone early. Vinton County broke the ice when Raschke scored on a 10-yard run to take a 6-0 lead.

The Vikings extended the lead on their next possession when Karr scored on a three-yard run at the 1:07 mark of the first quarter. Josiah Thacker’s kick was good, and the Vikings led 13-0.

A special-teams gem set up the next Vikings score. Bryon Brisker recovered the ensuing kick for the Vikings and Raschke 25-yard touchdown run put Vinton County up 20-0 after the first quarter.

Raschke had a 40-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter to open a 26-0 lead.

Then Collins followed with a 55-yard interception return and Damron scampered 68 yards for a touchdown on Vinton County’s next series for a 39-0 lead at halftime. The drive was aided by a little trickery. Karr took a pitch and threw a 25-yard strike to River Hayes.

The only points scored in the second half came on a 35-yard run at the 6:47 mark.

Vinton County finished with 16 first downs, while being penalized five times for 65 yards.

The Vikings return home for a non-league game against Warren on Friday night.