Sept. 7, 2012 — Week four is upon us Viking fans, and last Friday’s home opener seemed to be the perfect remedy for a rocky start to the 2012 season.
Without a doubt, the most vital ingredient to last week’s winning formula had to have been the rushing game.
The Vikings 301 yards on the ground turned out to be the difference maker, something Head Coach Singleton has harked on since the beginning of the year.
Most important of all, we saw the need to relieve pressure from sophomore quarterback Justin Graham come to fruition, but by Graham himself.
Graham’s 145 yards rushing last Friday was a crucial component to the Viking offense, and appears to rearing itself as the sophomore’s most dangerous form of attack.
Solid efforts from Keontae Moore and Chris Baker were once again seen, which was a positive sign as well.
So after last week’s come from behind victory, what does this week’s opponent have in store for the Vikings?
Once again, the pass appears to be the culprit to watch out for at this week’s home game.
Fleming County has always been an aerial assault type of team, and this year it appears to have a quarterback who is capable of being a consistent pilot with Desmond McAdams.
McAdams led the Panthers with five touchdown passes in a week two 53-14 victory over Nicholas County.
For Rowan County to come out with its second win of the season it must put pressure on McAdams.
The front line and linebackers could be the difference makers for Rowan. If Singleton and his coaching staff can devise some unique and unpredictable blitzing schemes, then a win just may be in the cards for the home team.
Strong play at the corner positions will once again be required. After Isaac Lee’s restrictive coverage last week on the outside, fans should expect no less from the Vikes.
Offensively, it need be more of the same from Rowan County.
Keep Graham’s pass attempts down and feed the ball to Moore and Baker. With a potent rushing attack from the backfield tandem, along with Graham’s capability to scramble for big yardage, the green and white jerseys could be scooting into the end zone.
Tonight’s home game against Fleming County will kick off at 7:30 p.m. at Paul Ousley Field on the campus of Rowan County Senior High School.
Grant Stevens can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 784-4116.