CALEDONIA — It took the Vikings the better part of the game to find their offense Friday night.
Limited to just 43 yards in the first half, River Valley (2-1) wore down Highland (0-3) in the second half for a 27-7 win under rainy conditions.
“I think obviously you can tell from the field conditions, it took us a little while to get used to it,” RV head coach Doug Green said.
“It was the first real rain game of the year and the offense we’re used to running we weren’t able to do. We had to adjust, and do some things that were better suited to this field,” he said.
The Vikings struck seven minutes into the game after a fumble recovery by senior defensive tackle Keith Griffin. Jax Harville promptly hit Bailey Cole for a 10-yard touchdown toss in the corner of the end zone. Tom Poorman’s kick gave RV a 7-0 lead.
The Fighting Scots lived up to their nickname by coming back to tie the game at halftime thanks to a tough inside ground attack.
Junior running back Jared Limings took the ball in from the 1 to cap a 42-yard, 11-play drive. Satchel Denton’s kick made it 7-7 with 6:31 to play in the half.
For the game Limings had 69 yards rushing on 21 carries.
But the second half belonged to the Vikings.
Carson Parsell caught an 18-yard pass from Harville to put RV ahead for good two minutes into the final quarter. The senior later added a 1-yard run with 6:02 left in the game, solidifying the victory.
The final Viking TD was a Harville-to-Cole pass covering 21 yards. Cole caught two passes for 31 yards and added 62 on the ground.
Green said his team found something else Friday night.
“I think we figured out how to play together a little bit; we’re still working on our team chemistry.”
Harville completed 11-of-20 passes for 106 yards, with the bulk of those — 91 — coming after intermission.
“Our goal is to always be a balanced team. We can’t come out and be a pure passing team. In the second half we were able to throw when we could on a nice throw there,” Green said.
RV ran for 141 yards for 251 yards in total offense, with 12 first downs.
With the win, its first in the MOAC, River Valley sets its sights on North Union Friday night in Richwood.
“Our defense did a nice job again tonight. They’ve been playing well for us. We are still trying to figure out what we do well,” Green said.
Highland visits East Knox Friday night as the Scots search for their first win this season.