POSEN-After losing a tight 42-40 opening game against Cedarville and falling 64-26 against Rapid River last week, Posen was looking for a big win to show off its new defense and got it on Friday with a big 56-6 victory over Superior Central.
This was the first time the Vikings (1-2) have beaten Superior Central since joining the Bridge Alliance Eight-Man Football Alliance.
"That's what we've been working on all season, stepping up the defense and tonight I have no complaints about my defense. They did exactly what they were supposed to do," Posen coach Wayne Karsten said.
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Posen’s Nick Hincka (80) runs during a game against Superior Central on Friday. Posen won 56-6, beating themfor the first time since they joined the Bridge Alliance Eight Man Football Alliance.
Posen's defense held the Cougars to 42 yards in the first half. The Vikings were led defensively by John Zaborney with 13 tackles and Kyle Knopf with 10.
The Vikings put points on the board in three plays in under a minute in the first quarter, with quarterback Brandon Dietz running 20 yards and running back Nick Hincka running two four-yard plays for a touchdown. Emil Cramon hit the extra point, to give Posen a 7-0 lead.
Cramon was 8-for-8 on extra point attempts.
"I think that's gotta be a school record," Karsten said.
The Cougars lost the ball in two plays on their answering drive, when a fumble fell into the waiting arms of Dietz, who ran for a 20 yard touchdown just a minute after Posen's first score to go up 14-0.
Dietz had eight rushes for 152 yards and two touchdowns. He threw one pass to Matthew Wisniewski for 23 yards.
That was the story of the game: Posen would score a touchdown and the Cougars would stall in three or four plays. Posen scored again off a Dietz run with 4:50 left in the first quarter and again with 17.9 seconds in the first off a 15-yard Hincka rush to take a 28-0 lead.
Hincka ran 19 times for 174 yards and picked up four touchdowns.
The Vikings scored three times in the second quarter: the first off a 47-yard Hincka run two minutes in, another off a 13-yard Hincka rush with 2:30 left in half and the last with 4.7 seconds left off a halfback option left reverse pass from Travis Sharpe to Chase Lewandowski for a 52-yard touchdown.
"We scored against them (Superior Central) three times last year with that same play. After we ran it, I saw (the Cougars couch) wiggle his finger at me from the other side," Karsten said.
Posen started the second half 49-0, a lead that activated the running clock. Posen's starters drove down for a five-yard Dietz touchdown run to finish with a 56-0 lead.
"My philosophy as a coach when you're that far ahead (at the end of the first half), is to let your starters come out for the first drive (of the second half). They've played hard and they've earned it. Then, you let the second string come in and get some playing time," Karsten said.
The Vikings' second stringers held the Cougars in their first drive, but got nowhere on their own drive, punting the ball for the first time.
Superior Central scored its only touchdown of the night off an eight-yard run by Dayne Nelson with 47.9 seconds left on the clock.
"It's great to see these kids work so hard for five weeks and finally see all that hard work pay off. We came out with the goal of finishing strong, finishing our runs, finishing our plays and that's what they did tonight," Karsten said.
Posen travels to Ewen-Trout Creek next Friday.
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