Loudoun Valley 36, Park View 6
Loudoun Valley running back Tommy Schonder didn't get the opportunity to play in the Vikings' season-opening win over Loudoun County because of an injured foot. But with a showdown against rival and fellow AAA opponent Stone Bridge a week away, Schonder and his teammates made sure they got their work in during a 36-6 victory over visiting Park View (0-2) on Friday night.
Schonder carried the ball 28 times for 117 yards and caught a 47-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter, and the Vikings' defense forced five turnovers and held standout running back Deric Dudinski to 31 yards rushing.
"Tonight we came out here and played well, and we just need to keep improving," said Schonder. "We all want to beat Stone Bridge more than any game on our schedule, so it felt good to have this team effort."
Taking advantage of a Park View fumble on the game's first possession, the Vikings (2-0 overall) moved the ball to the 1-yard line on an 18-yard completion from Clyde Kessler to Cody Farr and built a 7-0 lead when running back Brock Bell barreled into the end zone on the next play.
They continued to build on the lead in the second quarter, getting the long touchdown from Schonder, as well as a 60-yard interception return from linebacker Ryan Sheehan, and took a 23-6 halftime lead.
But the Vikings may have been dealt a severe blow when Coach Bruce Sheppard was ejected from the game after the Loudoun Valley bench was issued two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties during the second quarter. The first came after Bell was hit after the whistle, prompting an outburst from the Vikings' sideline. Minutes later, the second penalty was assessed after an official apparently heard obscenities coming from the sideline.
Sheppard will be forced to sit out the Vikings' game at Stone Bridge unless an appeal overturns the suspension that is automatically imposed after an ejection.
"I know the players have felt that Stone Bridge has been a rival-type game, but if it's going to be a rivalry, we have to beat them," said Sheppard, whose team had lost to Stone Bridge each of the past three seasons. "Our kids get up for the good teams, and they have been right at the top."
Until a decision on Sheppard's status is made, the Vikings can be pleased with their dominating effort against the Patriots. Bell and Schonder combined for 225 yards on the ground and three touchdowns, and Kessler was efficient as a passer, completing all four of his throws for 67 yards.
"I think as long as we keep doing what we've been doing, I think we'll be fine," said Schonder about the Vikings' potential for success at the AAA level. "We had some breakdowns, but as long as we keep improving, we shouldn't have any problems."