COUER D’ALENE, Idaho — The long trip to Idaho did not go to waste for the Vanden High football team as the Vikings shut out Copper Hills of West Jordan, Utah, Friday, 41-0.
“It was a busy one but it was good,” said Vikings coach LeVon Haynes.
Dion Williams led the Vikings (2-0) with three touchdown catches of 70, nine and 12 yards respectively.
He finished with five catches for 102 yards and also hauled in an interception on defense.
Javin White added two catches for 31 yards, including a 22-yard TD reception in the third quarter.
Also in the third quarter, Isaiah Hamilton had a seven-yard TD run. he finished with two carries for 16 yards
Vanden opened the scoring with a Khalil Nunley fumble recovery in the end zone in the first quarter.
“We started off slow,” Haynes said. “We were trying to crank it up and once we finally got it rolling, the second half was when we played our best football.”
Vanden quarterback Jadon Brisendine completed 11 of 22 passes for 173 yards and three touchdowns – all to Williams – with no interceptions.
Vashun Mickens completed his only pass for nine yards.
Tony Terry had a pair of catches for 19 yards.
“Our kids just played really really hard,” Haynes said.
On the ground, Hamilton had 10 carries for 19 yards.
Elijah Williams finished with 12 yards and Billy Hurst had eight carries for 19 yards with an interception.
It was the second trip to Idaho in three years for the Vikings, who lost a 35-34 nail-biter to Highland of Pocatello, Idaho in 2011.
The victory also evened the Vikings’ record at 2-2 against out-of-state teams.
Haynes said the team’s experiences in Idaho have been good.
“They treated us very well up here too,” he said.
The Vikings will head home Saturday evening.