Vikings lose; fail to make playoffs
McDERMOTT — Some things just aren’t meant to be. In this came, a lot of things weren’t meant to happen.
Symmes Valley lost 21-0 to the Northwest Mohawks on Friday in a Southern Ohio Conference game that spoiled several things for the Vikings.
The loss ended a five-game winning streak, a chance to finish second in the SOC Division I, and — more importantly — erased the Vikings’ hopes of making the Division VII Region 25 postseason playoffs.
“We had our chances in the first half and didn’t capitalize. Our mistakes we did to ourselves,” said Vikings’ coach Rusty Webb. “You hate that for the seniors in their last game. You always like to send them out with a win whenever it’s possible.”
The Vikings finished with 209 total yards while holding the Mohawks to 162.
“Our defense played extremely well. They’re a high-powered offense. They’ve been scoring a lot of points and getting a lot of yards and we were able to hold them in check for the most part.,” said Webb.
The Vikings finish the regular season 6-4 and 4-2 in the SOC. Northwest is 7-3 and 5-1.
“We had a good year and great leadership from the seniors. I am proud of them and I appreciate them. And I’d like to thank the fans for all their support,” said Webb.
Payton Hayes ran eight times for 44 yards and quarterback Derrek Smith carried 10 times for 26 yards and was 4-of-7 passing for 71 yards.
The game was scoreless until just before the half when Garrett Rowe hit Garrett Simon with a 42-yard scoring pass. Dylan Amburgey’s conversion kick but the Mohawks up 7-0 with just 35 seconds left on the clock.
A pair of penalties pushed the Vikings back to begin the second half and a bad snap on a punt gave Northwest the ball at the Vikings’ 9-yard line.
After losing 2 yards on the next two plays, Donnie Borens ran 11 yards for a touchdown on third-and-goal and it was 14-0 with 8:35 on the clock.
The Vikings came back with a 11-play drive that began at their 20-yard line and reached the Northwest 23.
But Jordan Brigner came up with an interception to halt the threat.
Symmes Valley forced two Northwest punts, but then fumbled and that set up Borens who got loose on a 56-yard touchdown run with 11:03 to play and it was 21-0.
Northwest finished with a .500 or better record in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1973-74.
Symmes Valley 0 0 0 0 = 0
Northwest 0 7 7 7 = 21
NW — Garrett Simon 42 pass from Garrett Rowe (Dylan Amburgey kick) 0:35 3-50
NW — Donnie Borens 11 run (Dylan Amburgey kick) 8:35
NW — Donnie Borens 56 run (Dylan Amburgey kick) 11:03
First downs 11 12
Rushes-yards 42-138 120
Passing yards 71 42
Total yards 209 162
Cmp-Att-Int 4-10-1 1-4-0
Fumbles-lost 1-1 2-2
Penalties-yards 6-41 2-10
Punts-average 4-30.8 2-26.5
RUSHING —Symmes Valley: Collin Webb 9-17, Cameron Meadows 4-5, Austin Waugh 3-11, Levi Cade 2-6, Brandon Craft 3-1, Derrek Smith 10-26, Payton Hayes 8-44, Kody Christian 1-8, Josh Carpenter 1-11, Derik Brace 1-9; Northwest: Donnie Borens 11-43, Jenkins 11-37.
PASSING — Symmes Valley: Derrek Smith 4-7-0 71, Brandon Craft 0-1-0, Collin Webb 0-1-0, Austin Waugh 0-1-1; Northwest: Garrett Rowe 1-4-0 42 TD.
RECEIVING — Symmes Valley: Cameron Meadows 1-7, Curtis Lybrand 1-9, Collin Webb 1-47, Brandon Craft 1-8; Northwest: Garrett Simon 1-42 TD.