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November 8, 2013

Vian caps perfect regular season with 33-0 victory

VIAN — Even with the offense missing key starters, the Vian Wolverines had no trouble in taking their 30th  consecutive regular season victory Thursday night as they capped the District 2A-6 title with a convincing 33-0 victory over the Panama Razorbacks at St. John Stadium.

The Wolverines played without starting running back Eric Casey, but Rylee Simon, Eric Cartmill and  Daylon McWaters took up the slack.  

Vian (10-0,6-0) pounded out 38 rushes for 285 yards, with Simon gaining 101 of those yards and rushing for two touchdowns.  The Wolverines’ offense merely started a little slow, gaining 61 rushing yards in the first half, 45 of those on a Simon scoring run.  

“I had that feeling with the short week and having played such an emotional game last week against Hartshorne, it was going to be tough to get up for this one,” said Vian head coach Brandon Tyler after the game.  

On Panama’s second possession, the Wolverines forced a fumble and recovered on the Panama 43-yard line. They took advantage of the miscue, using the  fleet feet of Simon and McWaters to put the first points on the board.  Simon accounted for 21 yards on the ground and hooked up through the air to Shamal Evans for two completions and capped off the drive with a six-yard run by McWaters for the touchdown.  

Vian forced a three-and-out on Panama’s next possession and wasted little time in finding the end zone.  From the Razorback 45, the Wolverines used 10 seconds off the clock as Simon took the snap and rumbled 45 yards for the score.  Simon’s pass attempt on the two-point conversion fell short but the Wolverines found themselves ahead 12-0.

The Wolverines’ defense did their job in the first half, holding Panama to three first downs and only 10 yards rushing.

The second half was a little faster start for Vian.  

The Wolverines received the second-half kick and on one play they upped their lead by seven.  Cartmill took the handoff, moved left, then right, then found the middle of the field and scampered 62 yards for the score.  With the extra point by A.J.Rodriguez, Vian was up 19-0.  

Panama moved the ball from their own 20-yard line to Vian’s 35 but were forced to punt.  The Wolverines again had the one-play drive, this time through the air.  Simon hooked up with Evans for an 82-yard throw and catch and the lead ballooned to 26-0.

Simon agreed the combination of last week’s contest which clinched the 2A-6 title and a short week played into the sluggish start.

“You just don’t have enough time to get everything in, and missing some guys makes it a little harder too,” said Simon, who capped the scoring with another rushing TD covering 46 yard.

Taking the place of Casey — who is second in the area in scoring — McWaters led the rushing attack with 17 carries for 109 yards, while Cartmill added 104 yards on four carries and a touchdown.  Simon had 15 carries for 101 yards and two touchdowns and through the air had five completions on 11 attempts for 123 yards and a touchdown with one interception.  Evans had four catches for 122 yards and a touchdown.  

Vian will host a first-round playoff game next Friday against the winner of tonight’s Haskell-Mounds game in 2A-5.

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