The Vikings fell behind in the first seconds of the game when Mountain View scored a touchdown off the initial kick. However, Paly quickly rallied back with junior running back Josh Butler carrying the ball up the field and Peters throwing a touchdown to sophomore wide receiver Amani Elfadil, ending the quarter with a score of 7-7.
According to junior wide receiver and cornerback Brody Simison, the Spartans’ touchdown was resulted from weak tackles on defense.
“I think our hitting wasn’t there, so we were locked in and ready, but we couldn’t stop the run,” Simison said.
In the fourth quarter, Mountain View continued to slip through Paly’s defensive line, scoring another touchdown. In the final moments of the game, the Vikings finished strong with a 68 yard run from Simison bringing the ball to the one yard line, setting up a touchdown thrown from Peters to junior tight end Lucas Black. Instead of attempting a kick, the Vikings successfully completed a two-point conversion, ending the game with a score of 21-38.
Gifford said he sees this game as a learning opportunity, especially for the less-experienced players on the team.
“Find the things that you did well and continue to develop those, find the things that you need to improve on and develop strategies to address those needs,” Gifford said. “As coaches, I really want us to study the film and figure out ways we can support our guys as they kind of are learning and doing at the same time. It’s definitely a different set of circumstances, and you’re learning on the job in this case.”
The Vikings will play next against the Milpitas Trojans 7 p.m. Saturday at the Viking Stadium in their senior night game. Senior defensive tackle and tackle Patrick Crowley said he’s excited to have the opportunity to celebrate and finally play a home game.
“Senior night is a sad-happy feeling,” Crowley stated in a message. “It usually means that as a senior, it's my last time playing at home, but it also means that we get to look back on all the good memories we had playing at Paly. ... It sucks that it’s just one game at home, but it will definitely be more memorable.”