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October 28: Football falls to explosive QO offense; hockey loses first game

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Defensive lineman Dawson Mackay looks to take down QO's running back in the backfield, with linebacker Ben Wilson trailing in pursuit. Photo by Jefferson Luo.

Defensive lineman Dawson Mackay looks to take down QO's running back in the backfield, with linebacker Ben Wilson trailing in pursuit. Photo by Jefferson Luo.

Defensive lineman Dawson Mackay looks to take down QO's running back in the backfield, with linebacker Ben Wilson trailing in pursuit. Photo by Jefferson Luo.

By Daniel Weber and Amy Nankin

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Football

The football team (5–4) suffered a 59–20 loss to the Quince Orchard Cougars (8–1) Friday. The Vikes moved the ball well on offense despite the loss of starting quarterback Matt Clayton, but could not contain the explosive Cougars and allowed a season high 59 points.

Vikings backup quarterback Jack McClelland performed admirably in the contest, throwing for 220 yards and 2 touchdowns; however, the Vikings offense through the air could not compensate for the lack of effectiveness in the usually productive running game. Additionally, the Vikings could not force any turnovers against the dominant Cougars offense which led to multiple scores throughout the game.

The Vikings play at home this Saturday at when they look to dispatch of the rival B-CC Barons (2–7).

Hockey

The Vikings hockey team fell to the Wootton Patriots in the first game of the season with a tough 3–7 loss Friday. The team was lead by sophomores Tyler Crist, Mark Melnecke and Joey Schaefer who each scored a goal.

With no preseason games leading up to Friday’s game, the team didn’t know what to expect against the Patriots, one of their biggest rivals, senior Joseph Tseytlin said.

Although the team fell short in their first regular season game, they prevailed later on in the weekend during the Frederick Cup tournament.

“I don’t think this loss will define us. It was our first game and now we’re going to work out some system issues and to try and get cohesion within the team,” Tseytlin said. “Our win this weekend in the Frederick Cup was great for the team.”

Next, the Vikings take on the Churchill Bulldogs away on Friday.

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