Prep Football: Williamsburg Keeps Rolling, Thumps Vinton-Shellsburg

By Douglas Miles, Reporter

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VINTON, Iowa — Williamsburg may have the Class 3A District 7 title sewn up, but the Raiders aren’t about to let up now.

“We try to tell the kids you’re just constantly trying to get better and good teams will come to play every week so therefore, just prepare and go the way you have every week,” Williamsburg Coach Curt Ritchie said before his team crushed the Vinton-Shellsburg Vikings, 58-12, in a non-district game last night.

After a stalled opening drive resulted in an Andrew Wichmann field goal, Williamsburg wasted no time finding the end zone on its next two drives. A four-play, 54-yard drive was capped off by an 18-yard touchdown run by senior running back Chance Miller. Miller scored his second touchdown of the quarter on a 25-yard winding scamper to extend the Williamsburg lead to 17-0.

A blocked punt recovered at the three set up Miller’s third touchdown of the first half, a 3-yard plunge that extended the Raiders’ lead to 24-0.

Miller finished the first half with 117 yards (91 in the first quarter) and three touchdowns.

After a season-opening loss to Grinnell, Williamsburg (7-1, 5-0 3A 7) has won seven in a row.

The loss was the third straight for Vinton-Shellsburg (3-5). Grant Sagan intercepted his fourth pass of the season in the second quarter, and got the Vikings on the board with a 7-yard keeper just before halftime.

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