Vikings too much for Rockets, win 2A playoff game, 41-7

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record
Alex Harrison, 38, totes the pigskin for Rockridge in the Saturday, Nov. 7 playoff game against top-ranked Tri-Valley.

The Tri-Valley Vikings ground game was too much for Rockridge in the Saturday, Nov. 7, playoff game at Rockridge. The Rockets fell to the top-ranked Vikings, 41-7, in the 2A playoff game.

Tri-Valley started the scoring with 7:43 left in the first quarter with a 62-yard run by Brock Danko and was never headed. Rockridge scored with 1:43 remaining in the third quarter on a 13-yard run by Dylan Peterson.

Peterson led the Rockets with 137 yards rushing. Quarterback Carson Frakes was 5-14 passing for 63 yards. The Vikings rolled up 459 net yards on the ground compared to 137 for Rockridge.

Rockridge Coach Sam Graves said his team fought hard, but Tri-Valley was just better.

"They had good runners, explosive runners. We kind of got dominated up front," Graves said. "They were just a strong, physical group. It wasn't like our guys gave it to them."

He said the Three Rivers Conference, will still tough, may have been a bit down this season.

"Downs (Tri-Valley) was definitely the best team we played all season," Graves said. "There was no question about it. I would not be surprised if that's your 2A champion."

The Rockets end a fine season at 7-4. Tri-Valley, 11-0, moves to the 2A quarter-final game against conference foe Deer Creek-Mackinaw, 9-2. the winner of the Tri-Valley/DCM game plays the winner of the game between Spring Valley Hall and Annawan-Wethersfield in the semi-finals.