On September 5, the rival Friday Harbor Wolverines boarded the ferry home without a coveted piece of granite and metal alloy. For the first time since 2011, the Orcas Island Vikings were victorious in the annual Island Cup. Not only were they victorious, they were dominant in route to a 42-6 victory.
The Vikings, who have combined forces with Lopez Island, have expectations for nothing less than league champions, and proved more than worthy in their first contest. The very anticipated all-island cup had the largest attendance in Viking sports history and set the vibe of the 2015 football season. Backed by their home crowd, the Vikings filled the field with confidence and never looked back, scoring on their first possession of the season. Key performances came from a stout offensive line leading Vinny Kramer to 152 rushing yards on 16 carries, and sure handed receivers hauling in 15 catches, 223 yards and 5 touchdowns from quarterback Miles Harlow. The defense was led by the Bullock brothers combining for 17 total tackles, and an interception returned for a touchdown by linebacker Ivan Bullock. A 20 point third quarter sealed the game for the Vikings as the excitement began to rise in the Orcas bleachers. When asked what lead to such an impressive win, second year Coach Justin Frausto responded by saying, “We won the hitting battle, the turnover battle, and reached our goal for explosive offensive plays.”
This was the first step for the Vikings who have their sights set on the Tacoma Dome come November. The key will be to improve each week as the season becomes more and more grueling. The Island Cup was just a very sweet taste of the season that is to come, so come out and support your Vikings and be part of a historic season!