FAIRFIELD — This time Jadon Brisendine was on the mark.
After throwing five interceptions in his varsity debut in 2012, the Vanden High quarterback threw for 235 yards and four touchdowns as the Vikings demolished Dixon 42-0 at George A. Gammon Field, Friday.
“You expect that (improvement),” Vanden coach LeVon Haynes said. “He was poised all summer. He did the right things to be better this year.”
Better meant completing 17 of 23 passes and just one interception, on his fourth throw of the night.
Vanden’s defense also had a stellar night, setting a school record by allowing Dixon a minus-38 yards of total offense.
At stake in the game was the Friendship Cup, which has gone to the winner since 1999, which has been Vanden in their last five meetings and 11 of the last 12. The Vikings hold a 30-11 edge in the series.
From the start they showed they weren’t about to give up the cup. Dion Williams returned the opening kickoff 47 yards to the 50 and, five plays later, Isaiah Hamilton-Williams raced 25 yards down the right sideline for a touchdown. He finished with 98 yards on 15 carries.
The conversion try was blocked, keeping it 6-0.
Two possessions later, the Vikings drove 87 yards in 12 plays with Williams outjumping and outfighting Dixon’s Blake Fulgham for the ball and a 29-yard touchdown on fourth-and-six.
Brisendine’s conversion made it 13-0.
Vanden scored twice in the second quarter on a 6-yard slant from Brisendine to Javin White with 9 minutes, 13 seconds to go in the half and a 20-yard throw to Damaurius Muchison with 5.7 seconds left.
Leading 26-0 at the break, the Vikings added a safety just over 2 minutes into the third quarter when a snap eluded punter A.J. Dudley, who was tackled in the end zone.
Following the free kick, Brisendine’s final touchdown throw of the night was a 27-yard toss over the middle to a thoroughly wide open Tony Terry.
Vanden’s final touchdown came on a 13-yard alley-oop from backup quarterback Vashun Mickens to Williams with 8:12 to go in the game.
Dixon’s best chance to score came when it blocked a punt deep in Vanden territory, but a Rams player illegally kicked the ball out of the end zone.
The officials gave Dixon possession of the ball at the Vanden 20 and they eventually lined up for a 31-yard field goal on fourth-and-2 from the Vikings’ 14.
Vanden jumped offside and the Rams elected to take the first down, only to fumble the ball away on the next play, Vanden’s Khalil Nunley recovering.
As for his defense, Haynes said, “We played aggressive. We just attacked the way we want to. We want our guys to make plays.”
The Vikings travel to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, next week to play Copper Hills of West Jordan, Utah (0-3).
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