MONTPELIER — Evergreen quarterback Jack Etue only had 11 carries in a football game against Montpelier on Friday.
But 11 carries was all he needed to rack up 301 yards and five touchdowns on the ground to help the Vikings run away to a 48-24 victory at Hobe Krouse Field in Montpelier.
Montpelier coach Steve Brancheau knew of Etue’s prowess coming into Friday’s game, but his Locomotives didn’t have an answer.
“He’s a good athlete and he’s been there for a long time,” Brancheau said. “He’s a good player and they had some beef up front. Their running backs were running hard and they did a nice job. We were putting guys in the box in the position to make plays and we’ve got to get better at that.”
The game was going Evergreen’s way right from the get-go. Montpelier quarterback Clayton Turner had a pass intercepted by Evergreen’s Jack Krispin on the opening drive of the game, and the Vikings (1-1) proceeded to score on a 4-yard Etue pass to Nick Beemer to go up 7-0 at the 7:46 mark of the first quarter.
Krispin later added a 51-yard touchdown run at the 1:18 mark of the first quarter to help the Vikings to a 14-0 lead and Etue would score on runs of 84, 62, 45 and 36 to give Evergreen a 41-8 advantage at the half.
A 1-yard touchdown run by Chandler Byers represented the end of Montpelier’s only successful drive of the first half.
“Evergreen came out and they went right away,” Brancheau said. “I think they were more physical than we were tonight. I think we’ve got guys who are capable of doing what we need to do. We’ve just got to come out ready to rock from the first play.”
Etue added a touchdown run of 42 yards to open the third quarter to put the Vikings up 48-7 and the rout was on.
Montpelier (1-1) added late scores on a 66-yard run from Brayden Custer and Turner found Weston Dick for a 16-yard touchdown pass to bring the game to its final 48-24 score, but it was too little, too late for the Locos.
Turner finished 9-of-18 with 82 yards through the air with 38 yards rushing. Custer had three carries for 68 yards and Gavin Wurm had five carries for 53 yards to lead the Locos on the ground.
“It’s an aggressive game and we’ve got to be ready to do that from the start,” Brancheau said. “We saw some things from guys in the second half. We saw some guys do some really good things ... but we’ve got to challenge our guys to work every day in practice to get to the point where they’re ready to go.”
Montpelier continues play when it hosts Edgerton in Week 3, while Evergreen hosts Ridgemont.