Miscues cost Vikings in loss to Allendale
Mistakes killed whatever chances the Hopkins football team had of beating Allendale on Friday, Sept. 5.
“It doesn’t matter who you play, you can’t make the kind of mistakes we made tonight and expect to win,” said Vikings’ coach Cody Francis.
Hopkins turned the ball over three times on two fumbles and an interception. It was also called for 10 penalties, including six illegal procedure infractions in its 27-12 setback.
“That wasn’t us,” said Hopkins senior linebacker John Adams, who led his team with 10 tackles. “We have to clean up our act by our next game.”
Two of Allendale’s offensive touchdowns covered more than half the length of the football field.
Despite the rare early season setback, Francis isn’t giving up on his squad.
“Nothing has changed. Our goals are still intact,” he said.
The loss was difficult for several Hopkins fans to watch after a few players cramped up, including senior running and defensive backs Wyatt Stegeman and Quincy Collings.
Even though he sat out a few plays with those leg cramps, Stegeman still ended up with strong offensive numbers—161 yards on 25 carries.
“Wyatt had a good night but we needed some other guys to step up,” Francis said.
Before he was taken to the hospital due to dehydration with time running down in the game, Collings carried the ball 16 times for 76 yards. One of his runs was a short 6-yard TD plunge.
“Quincy will be fine,” Francis said. “It was a dehydration thing. We have to take a look at what the guys are drinking and eating.”
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