STORY BY: KEITH KANE
BRYAN—Bryan Vikings Head Coach Ross Rogers has been saying he wanted more balance on offense and he should be pleased with Friday night’s game as unofficially the Vikings finished with 345 yards running and 345 yard passing in a 42 to 28 win over the Magnolia Bulldogs in the home opener at Merrill Green Stadium.
The Vikings again had trouble scoring early in the game as they dominated the stats but could only manage a 22 to 22 tie at halftime. But, the Vikings were able to pull away in the 4th quarter to make the score reflect the domination Bryan had over Magnolia as they put up 690 yards of offense to the Bulldogs’ 371 yards.
Coach Rogers has been lamenting that Bobby Johnson has not been able to break free. But, Johnson broke loose Friday with a touchdown run of 60 yards and a pass reception for a TD that went 80 yards. Johnson also had another run of 49 yards that set up another score. V-J Banks only caught two passes, but for a total of 106 yards. KeeKee Johnson had another good game at running back scoring twice on runs of 18 and 2 yards.
And, sophomore quarterback B-J Ross made some sophomore mistakes mishandling a couple of snaps for fumbles and running out of bounds on a 4th down play after picking up 20 yards when 21 yards was needed to keep the ball. But, he made up for it with touchdown passes of 49 and 80 yards.
Next Friday (September 13th), the Vikings will host the Belton Tigers for a 7:30 pm game. The game will be broadcast with Keith Kane on the play-by-play and Zach Taylor on color commentary at 7 pm on 1150 The Zone.