Good News and Bad News from Vianney

SchulteThe Vianney Griffins (1-1) dropped their home opener to the Jackson Indians (2-0), 30-23 on Friday night. This night was highlighted before the kickoff by an enthusiastic rededication to the new field surface and track at Don Heeb Field. The large crowd saw the #2 ranked team in Class 5, the Jackson Indians get off to a great start. The Indians sprinted to a 16-0 lead in the 1st quarter with the arm and legs of all-state quarterback Dante Vandeven. Vandeven had TD passes of  57 yards and 13 yards right after the Indians defense started the scoring with a safety. The Griffins cut the lead in half with 10:47 left in the 2nd quarter with a 16 yd TD pass from Nick Voorhees to Kyle Markway. The 2 pt conversion was successful as Voorhees connected with Markway again to make the score 16-8. The Indians took advantage of great field position after a high snap on a punt with just 54 seconds left in the half. Dante Vandeven increased to lead to 23-8 with a 4 yd td run with just 18 seconds left in the half.
Nolan Snyder started the second half strong for the Griffins with a 70 yd kickoff return that set Vianney up at Jackson’s 20 yd line. The Griffins missed a great chance as Jordon Hardwick lost a fumble inside the 5 yard line. Vandeven and the Indians made the Griffins pay as they would go 97 yards on a scoring drive capped off by a 7 yd TD run by Vandeven making the score 30-8. The Griffins would not give up as Voorhees connected with Nolan Snyder down the middle of the field for an 82 yd touchdown strike. The Griffins would then convert another 2 pt conversion from Hardwick to Markway cutting the deficit to 30-16 with 8:08 left in the 3rd quarter. There would not be any more scoring until 5:32 left in the game when freshman runningback Tionne Harris took the halfback option and tossed it downfield to Nolan Snyder for a 43 yd touchdown cutting the lead to 30-23. Vianney would get the ball back and were driving when they were stopped around midfield when time expired. The Indians held on to a hard fought 30-23 win.
Dante Vandeven finished with 363 total yards from scrimmage and 4 tds.  Nick Voorhees led the Griffins with 230 yds passing and 2 TD’s, while also rushing for 38 yards. Nolan Snyder also had a big night with 234 yards receiving and a 70 yard kickoff return for the Griffins. Click here for the replay …
Jackson will be back in St. Louis in week 3 as they will travel to Marquette. The Griffins will get their MCC conference season started as they will take on SLUH on the road. Vianney @ SLUH can be seen on the Vianney Sports Network. Kickoff is set for 7.  Click here to view that game …

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