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    Vikings take offensive show on the road in blowout over Warren JFK

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    A week after being held in check by Holy Name during a low-scoring slugfest victory at Sparky DiBiasio Stadium, Villa Angela-St. Joseph got back its offensive swagger Friday in a decisive and much-needed road win over Warren JFK.

    Senior standout Marvelle Ross scored four of his five touchdowns in the first half to help the Vikings jump to a big lead and cruise to a 55-21 victory at Mollenkopf Stadium.

    Ross, who had been battling an ankle injury this year, was big for VASJ (5-2, 2-0 NCL) in a must-win situation on the road.

    "The offensive line was dominant and Marvelle ran the ball very well," VASJ coach John Storey said.

    "We had 14 points within the first few minutes of the game and really went from there. It was good to see these guys get after it and execute."

    Holy Name limited VASJ to 14 points in regulation of a 21-20 Vikings win on Oct. 4, but there were no such offensive issues for Storey and company against the Eagles (1-6).

    Freshman Jerry Higgins had a big kickoff return to start things for VASJ, and Ross finished the drive with a TD. After a JFK turnover, the Vikings wasted little time getting back into the end zone for an immediate 14-0 lead. From there, VASJ poured it on and rolled to a fifth victory of the season and third in a row.

    "We have talked to our guys and it really has been a mindset that it has all been playoff games for us lately because of our region and how tough it is and we probably need to win out and get a little help," Storey said.

    VASJ entered play as the No. 9 seed in Division VI, Region 19. The top eight teams qualify for the postseason, and the Vikings are looking to make the playoffs for a second straight year after going 1-9 in 2012.

    In addition, the win put VASJ in sole possession of first place in the NCL White Division at least for one night. The Vikings are 2-0 and all the other teams in the league have at least one conference loss except Cleveland Central Catholic, which is 1-0 in NCL play. The Ironmen will try to match VASJ's 2-0 start with a win over Trinity on Oct. 11.

    Defensively against JFK, Malik Lozada was among a handful of players who came up big.
     

     

    Steve Harehttps://www.ohiovarsity.com
    The creator and publisher of OhioVarsity.com, Hare has covered high school sports in Northeast Ohio since 1997. He began as a correspondent for the Lake County News Herald, where he contributed until 2011, primarily covering high school football and wrestling. In 1999, Hare began writing for IrishIllustrated.com, a member of the Scout.com network of high school and college sports web sites. He focuses on covering Notre Dame football recruiting. OhioVarsity.com was created in 2004 and was a member of the Rivals.com network until 2012. The site's original purpose was to cover Ohio high school football and recruiting news but since has grown to cover all sports and to provide sports information services to high school athletic programs and individual teams. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.
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