Vikings beat Hull 36-14 to advance in playoffs
The Vikings are headed to the Division 8 semi-finals for the second consecutive year after a 36-14 win against Hull on Friday night. This season, the team hopes to advance further than it did during last season's playoff run.
The No. 1 seeded Vikings (7-1) defeated No. 8 seeded Hull (4-4) at Spillane Field led by senior running back and captain Isaac Nascimento. In 2016, the team entered the playoffs as the No. 4 seed. Being No. 1 brings a major advantage, said Head Coach Bob Lomp.
“The reward of playing a great season and having a tough schedule is that we get to play all the games at home,” said Lomp.
“We’re protecting our house,” he said. “We don’t want anybody coming in here trying to steamroll us.”
The team was knocked out of the playoffs last year following a 42-12 loss against defending Super Bowl champion East Bridgewater High School.
Friday’s game left the Vikings in control 28-6 at halftime after a late touchdown. Even though Wareham was favored, Lomp said the team never let its guard down.
“You try to get after them early,” said Lomp. “You don’t want to let an underdog hang around. That was our message all week.”
For Lomp, a frustrating aspect of the game were several penalties that nixed what would have been big plays, including one 31-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
“What’s unusual is that this isn’t our first game,” said Lomp. “We’ve been running those plays all year long.”
The Vikings will play No. 5 seed Sacred Heart on Nov. 3. Kick-off is at 7 p.m.