In other words, the Vikings were very much alive up north Friday night but would end up falling in the end, 28-10.
“We were definitely right there,” said Viking coach Brad Lloyd. “We had opportunities and just didn’t make the plays to get the win.
“But I’m definitely seeing improvement.”
The most consistent Viking this season has been kicker Carson Shepherd. The man with the golden foot opened the scoring again with a 38 yard field goal giving Viewmont that 3-0 lead.
From that point on the scores came from Titans who methodically pushed the lead to 28-3 until Josh Staples teamed up with Jake Gibbs on a nine yard score.
“I thought our defense played real well,” Lloyd said. “We definitely played well enough to win this game. The defensive players were flying all over the field and making some great plays. But we have to be able to move the ball better.”
Lloyd said the offense is making strides, especially on the offensive line. But the improvements need to continue for the Vikings to be successful.
“The linemen are continuing to learn and improve in their positions,” Lloyd said. “It’s a process but these guys are working hard and getting better.”
Lloyd also praised the effort from Syracuse.
“Syracuse has a team full of big guys,” Lloyd said. “They are just huge. And Russ Jones always does a great job in preparing his team and did that tonight, too.”
As for the future, Lloyd expects his troops to get back to work. He also anticipates a continued improvement effort.
“The losing is tough,” Lloyd said. “It can wear on you for sure and the team. I have confidence in our players and coaches.
“It’s no fun to be 0-3 but these guys are not the kind of players who will give up or pack it in,” Lloyd continued. “They will come out and keep moving forward. I’m proud of that attitude and it gives me a good reason to feel optimistic.”
Viewmont will host Layton Friday night for the Viking Homecoming.