2017-09-14 / Sports

Vikings rally for 18-14 win over Carrollton

By Lamont Lenar


Terryon Liddell out-runs the diving Carrollton defender during a return for Swan Valley in its 18-14 win over the Cavaliers on Sept. 8. 
Photo by Lamont Lenar Terryon Liddell out-runs the diving Carrollton defender during a return for Swan Valley in its 18-14 win over the Cavaliers on Sept. 8. Photo by Lamont Lenar The Swan Valley football team came from behind to get an 18-14 win over Carrollton on Friday, Sept. 8. Emmet Boehler rushed for 245 yards in the game and crossed the goal line with one second left for the winning touchdown, his second of the game.

The first half was controlled by the defenses from both teams, with Swan Valley scoring on a field goal for the only points of the first half.

The Vikings took their first drive of the game down to the Cavalier 12 yard line, but Carrollton got an interception on a third down pass play to end the drive.

The Vikings then held the Cavaliers to only one first down on their first drive, getting the ball back on downs after an incompletion on fourth down from Carrollton.

After trading punts over the next several possessions, the Vikings scored with about eight minutes left in the half. Grant Neilson hit a field goal from the 12 yard line for the 3-0 Swan Valley lead.


Emmet Boehler ran for 245 yards and two scores for the Vikings against Carrollton on Sept. 8. 
Photo by Lamont Lenar Emmet Boehler ran for 245 yards and two scores for the Vikings against Carrollton on Sept. 8. Photo by Lamont Lenar On the Cavaliers’ last possession of the half, Terryon Liddell got the interception to end the drive and keep the Swan Valley 3-0 lead at the half.

Carrollton took the opening drive of the second half and scored with a run from the one yard line. The Cavaliers made a two point conversion for an 8-3 lead.

The two teams once again traded possessions for the remainder of the third quarter.

In the fourth, Swan Valley capped a 70 yard drive, with Emmet Boehler running the ball in from the 12 yard line for the score. After the two point conversion, the Vikings held an 11-8 lead with under seven and a half minutes to go.


The Swan Valley defenders swarm to the Carrollton runner in the Vikings’ 18-14 win over the Cavaliers on Sept. 8. 
Photo by Lamont Lenar The Swan Valley defenders swarm to the Carrollton runner in the Vikings’ 18-14 win over the Cavaliers on Sept. 8. Photo by Lamont Lenar Carrolton took its next possession and drove down to the Viking 20, scoring on a pass play to take the 14-11 lead. The Cavaliers attempted to run in a two-point conversion, but the runner was stopped by Carson Berenyi.

Swan Valley then began its final dive with 4:26 left in the game, getting down to a first and goal on the four yard line. The Cavaliers kept the Vikings out for the first three plays, until Emmet Boehler got the ball with under 10 seconds to play and crossed the goal line with one second remaining for the touchdown.

Swan Valley then converted the two point conversion with Terryon Liddell scoring for the 18-14 final.

Swan Valley Coach Kevin Gavenda said he was happy to get the win, in the hard-fought game. He said the teams were feeling each other out in the first half, and said this was the best they played defensively all year.


Brock Leinberger brings down the Carrollton receiver during Swan Valley’s Sept. 8 game. 
Photo by Lamont Lenar Brock Leinberger brings down the Carrollton receiver during Swan Valley’s Sept. 8 game. Photo by Lamont Lenar With Emmet Boehler rushing for 245 yards and two scores, Coach Gavenda said when they gave him the ball on the last drive, the whole team had 100 percent confidence in him. Gavenda said Boehler makes it tough for any team to tackle him all game long.

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