Sano Leads Bulldogs Past Vikings

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Athens was able to take advantage of the Vinton County secondary early and cruise to a victory. Offense set the tone early in the Plains as the Athens Bulldogs went on to beat the Vinton County Vikings 63-14

Brendon Sano was able to take over thanks to a strong balance of attacking both through the air and on the ground. Tyler Roback opened up the scoring on a 10 yard run which was followed immediately by a 25-yard touchdown pass from Sano to Treyce Albin on 4th down (the first of four Sano touchdown passes in the first half). Albin then found the end zone on the next Athens possession on a 27-yard end around rush. Roback would finish the game with 112 yards, while Albin had 126 all-purpose yards for the Bulldogs.

Vinton County was finally able to get onto the scoreboard when Nevin Yates took a handoff 68 yards to the house to give Vinton County a glimpse of hope, making the score 21-7. Athens immediately squashed any thought of a comeback as Sano found Andy Kostivul on a 27-yard throw, then on their ensuing possession, Mikel Casteel then took a handoff 30 yards to pay dirt to make the score 27-7.

Naylan Yates scored what turned out to be the final touchdown for Vinton County on a 47 yard scramble, which made the score 27-14. Sano would then throw two more touchdowns in quick succession in back-to-back possessions. He found Kostivul and Albin on scores of 22 and 23 yards respectively. At the half the score was 48-14 and a running clock was implemented to start the second half.

The second half proved to be far less high scoring as the only touchdowns were scored by Casteel from 10 yards out followed by an Evan Adams score from one yard out, both for Athens, ending the game 63-14 to the Bulldogs. Evans would finish the game with 48 yards on the ground and Casteel had 103 yards.

Another good game for Athens in which Brendan Sano looked sharp, going 10-16 with 198 yards, has the Bulldogs sitting at 4-1 on the season. The Bulldogs had 578 yards of total offense, showcasing the overall domination. Next week they travel to Logan to take on the Chieftans looking to improve to 5-1, while the Vikings take on Alexander next week, hoping to move to 2-4.