Thursday, July 27, 2017 This Week's Paper

Curtis’ defense stout in blowout win

Early penalties on offense were about the only thing that could be perceived as a negative for Curtis against Todd Beamer on Sept. 28. The defense was dominant all night long for the Vikings, not allowing a first down until late in the first half as Curtis cruised to a 49-0 win at home over the Titans.

E.J. Deveaux got the Vikings on the board with a 13-yard touchdown run on Curtis’ first drive after a penalty negated a 25-yard touchdown pass from Scott Wismer to Carter McKay. Another penalty negated a 47-yard strike from Wismer to Jason Williams two possessions later, but Wismer then scored from a yard out to put the Vikings up 14-0 early in the second quarter.

“We’ve still got a penalty bugaboo,” said Curtis head coach Clay Angle. “We’ve got to eliminate that if we’re really going to be a decent team.”

After the defense forced its sixth straight three-and-out late in the first half, the Vikings’ Beau Olson blocked a punt and recovered it at Todd Beamer’s 15-yard line, and Wismer hit McKay for a 15-yard score and a 21-0 lead at the half. Curtis’ defense held the Titans to less than 10 total yards in the first half, as Todd Beamer had seven negative-yardage plays.

“Our defense has been playing stellar all year,” Angle said. “They’re doing a wonderful job.”

The Vikings put the game away early in the second half, as Williams returned the opening kickoff 72 yards for a score, and Deveaux scored from one yard out on the next drive to make it 35-0 with 7:48 to go in the third.

“The line was blocking pretty (well),” said Deveaux, who finished with 17 carries for 105 yards. “We were able to spread the ball (in the passing game), so that helped us.”

Wismer was 10-for-13 for 190 yards, while McKay – son of Todd Beamer head coach Darren McKay – had four catches for 79 yards and Williams added three catches for 79 yards. Mitchell Hersey had a 14-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter and finished with nine carries for 52 yards, and Peyton Spencer added a 12-yard touchdown to close out the scoring.

The Vikings improved to 4-1 in league play with the win – one game behind first-place Federal Way – as Curtis was scheduled to play at Spanaway Lake on Oct. 4 at 7 p.m.

By Jeremy Helling

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