Viking conquest

Nick Smith/PrepsKC

By Toriano Porter PrepsKC Staff Writer
Posted: August 22, 2014 - 10:29 PM

Northeast pounded the ball on the ground and their defense dominated in a season and Interscholastic League opening win against Afrikan Centered College Prep.

The Vikings’ Desmond Walker carried the ball 18 times for a game-high 175 yards with four touchdowns to lead Northeast to a 28-0 win Friday at the Interscholastic League Stadium.

The ground attack for Northeast made Vikings head coach Terry McCray a happy but unsatisfied man after week 1.

“Our running game was average,” McCray said. “We can do a whole lot better. We have a lot of young guys up front that are working to get better every day. I’ve got a special running back; I know that. He could be more special if he gets bigger holes. He did a phenomenal job today. We’ve just got to get better.”

The Vikings defense was a force, holding ACCP to 29 yards rushing on 25 attempts and a limited passing game that saw zero completions. The Knights’ offensive struggles were part Vikings, part self-induced.

“Defense stepped up,” McCray said. “They played great today. I have no complaints. Putting up zero, that’s what we want every week.”

Northeast came into the game celebrating 100 years as a school. They left celebrating the opening-game exploits of Walker, a 5-foot, 8-inch running back barely registering 150 pounds on the scale.

Walker opened the game with a 31-yard burst on the Vikings' first offensive play and finished the drive with a 6-yard touchdown run to put his team in the lead at 6-0. He accounted for 63-yards on the 11-play, 70 yard drive.

“Work hard,” Walker said. “That’s all my coach has been talking about. Work hard, play hard; practice hard, play hard.”

Walker delighted the crowd on his next score, a 38-yard run featuring broken tackles, a burst of speed and an open field juke move that left a Knights defender grasping for air.

“I just saw an open opportunity and kept running,” he said of a score that put the Vikings up 12-0 in the first quarter. Walker later added a 1-yard touchdown run to end the first half with 147 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries. “I just go with my first instinct; run ‘em over or do a juke move.”

Knights head coach Steve Trumble said his team will go back to the proverbial drawing board after the loss and start from scratch next week.

“We’re throwing this one in the trash and starting over,” he said. “We’re going to change some things. It’s got to change.”