Vikings earn win on special teams
EVERETT — After a game-opening drive of 8:55 that ended with a turnover on downs at the Everett 10, Glendale was looking for anything to jump-start its offense.
The Vikings turned to its special teams as a punt return set up the first score, and subsequently helped Glendale take control by finding the end zone on its next two chances.
A scoreless first quarter quickly turned into a rout as the Vikings opened the season with a 28-0 victory over the Warriors on Friday night at Everett Warrior Stadium in high school football.
Play of the game: With Glendale able to move the ball early, but unable to come away with points, Suds Dubler returned a punt 33 yards to the Everett 20 near the middle of the second quarter. The return would be just the key that the Vikings needed as it sparked three straight possessions that ended in points.
Player of the game: Viking quarterback Garret Misiura had a hand in all four touchdowns. The senior tossed 16 yards to Zeke Dubler to open the scoring in the second quarter, then found Baine Seilhamer from 25 yards out on the next drive before calling his own number from 17 yards away to put his team up 21-0 at the half. The signal caller, who was 15-of-19 from 198 yards, connected with Seilhamer again early in the third from 28 yards out that set the final. He also intercepted a pass in the end zone for a touchback when Everett was threatening from the Glendale 10.
Unsung hero: In addition to the two TDs he caught, Seilhamer hauled in six other passes for a total of 133 yards. The senior also came up with a tough 38-yard catch between three Everett defenders while he was falling to the ground.
Most vital statistic(s): Glendale amassed 233 yards in the opening half, including 157 through the air. Meanwhile, the defense held Everett to just 33 yards.
Glendale coach Spank Trexler: “Suds has that ability that you just can’t teach. He’s born with it, and he’s learning to use it to his advantage. That play (punt return) just sparked the momentum. That’s what we needed, and the result was obvious from that point … The thing that’s exciting for me personally as a coach is to see the unselfishness that’s evolving, and everybody is trying to do their part. That’s a recipe for a lot of good things ahead.”
Everett coach Dave Lightner: “They (Glendale) had that one long drive at the beginning of the game, and it took the wind out of our sails. We bent, but we didn’t break on that … When you get a long drive and the punt return, I think we lose a lot of wind in our sails with that.”
Misiura: “We go over that (fade play) a lot. I’m putting it where we can get it and nobody else because you hate to throw interceptions.”
Notable: Glendale was called for 13 penalties totaling 113 yards … In addition to the Misiura pick, Logan Cree also came up with one for the Vikings, while Wilson Harman collected one for the Warriors … Calvin Iseminger churned out 75 yards on the ground for the Warriors with 64 coming late in the second half … The Vikings’ defense allowed just four first downs to Everett through three quarters of play.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Glendale 0 21 7 0 — 28
Everett 0 0 0 0 — 0
G–Z. Dubler 16 pass from G. Misiura (Cavalet kick), 5:57.
G–Seilhamer 25 pass from G. Misiura (Cavalet kick), 4:04.
G–G. Misiura 17 run (Cavalet kick), 1:26.
G–Seilhamer 28 pass from G. Misiura (Cavalet kick), 8:48.
TEAM STATISTICS G E
First downs 17 8
Total yards 337 118
Rushes-yards 32-139 26-87
Yards passing 198 31
Passing (comp.-att.-int.) 15-19-1 4-22-2
Punts-avg. 4-20.3 4-35.5
Fumbles-lost 1-0 2-1
Penalties-yards 13-117 4-45
RUSHING–Glendale, S. Dubler 7-35, G. Misiura 6-41, Z. Dubler 7-61, Fyock 3-8, B. Bloom 7-8, Cree 1-0, TEAM 1-(-14). Everett, Iseminger 14-75, Akers 10-13, Harman 1-0, Brown 1-(-1).
PASSING–Glendale, G. Misiura 15-19-1-198, T. Misiura 0-0-0-0. Everett, Akers 4-22-2-31, Harman 0-0-0-0.
RECEIVING–Glendale, S. Dubler 3-37, Seilhamer 8-133, Z. Dubler 4-38. Everett, Price 1-5, Seese 1-20, Iseminger 1-(-1), Zinn 1-7.