Saturday in developmental football pre-season action, the Dallas Vikings defeated the Garland Aztecs 18-14.
The game started out slow for both teams, but once the Vikings got going, they built an 18-0 lead until late in the game, when they called off the dogs, Vikings co-owner Brandon Willis told Developmental Football USA.
“We learned that our defense is very stout,” Willis said. “We were swarming everywhere. We had four turnovers – two interceptions and two forced fumbles. One was by Bennie Albury, he picked it up and returned it about 50 yards and got caught from behind, then another one was forced by Jay Robinson.
“Our defense was very solid. Our defense is going to be the focal point of our team. We’re going to rely on them until our offense gets to clicking.”
The Vikings scored first on a 25-yard touchdown connection from quarterback Chris Sanders to wide receiver Darius Tolbert, but a failed two-point try made it a 6-0 Vikings lead.
A Ray Davis interception on the Aztecs’ ensuing possession got the ball back for the Vikings offense. Quarterback Victor Winzor led the offense down the field and found Fred McWilliams for the Vikings’ second touchdown to go up 12-0.
Leondre Wilson put an end to the next Garland drive with another interception to take the 12-0 lead into halftime.
In the third quarter, Windzor found the end zone again, this time on the ground, to extend the lead to 18-0.
“In the fourth quarter, we played some of our back-ups and some of our players who are competing for positions,” Willis said. “The Garland Aztecs went down and scored, then we looked at our back-up quarterback, Cody Court. There was three minutes left in the game and they scored again and converted on a two-point conversion to make it 18-14, then we ran the ball and ran out the clock.”
The Vikings have another pre-season game next weekend against the Dallas Trojans, time and location to be announced. Until then, they’re hoping to polish up a few things offensively.
“Our line struggled, we gave up sacks and threw interceptions,” Willis said of the offensive performance. “On offense, once we start to click we’re really going to compete with the big dogs of the MPFL.”