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Vikings’ kicker putting opponents in big holes
By Matt Nestor
The Guilford Vikings defeated Belvidere North 21-14 in large part because of turnovers and a strong run game.
But a close look at the box score shows Belvidere actually outgained the Vikings by nearly 50 yards. Some of that can be attributed to the turnovers and the Vikings working with a short field.
But there is another very good reason for the yardage difference. And the difference is almost a help to the Vikings.
The Vikings have one of the best weapons in the NIC-10 in returning all-conference kicker Tyler Anderson.
Against Belvidere North, Anderson was perfect on extra points and also had several great punts. But his biggest strength is on kickoffs.
Anderson kicked off four times against Belvidere North. All four kickoffs went for touchbacks. And this is nothing new for Anderson. He routinely kicks the ball into or through the end zone.
“He’s awesome, he is all conference,” Guilford coach Mel Gilfillan said. “It’s a big deal when anybody has to go 80 yards, especially in high school ball.”
Anderson is definitely a secret reason for the Vikings’ success, and looks to stay that way. If the Vikings’ defense can stay as tough as they have all year, giving up a few extra yards is not a big deal when the opponent is starting that far away from the end zone every drive.
From the September 16-22, 2009 issue.