Inglemoor High rallied to a 24-14 victory over Juanita on Sept. 5, defeating the team that knocked out its starting quarterback in 2007.
Viking signal caller Todd Campbell suffered a season-ending collarbone injury against the same school last year.
The 6-5 senior returned for this year’s re-match as a difference maker, scoring the game-winning touchdown on a 33-yard scramble in the third quarter.
Campbell also finished as his team’s leading rusher with 82 yards as Viking head coach Frank Naish tested a new spread offense.
Inglemoor changed more than it’s playbook this year. The team sported white pants as opposed to the black bottoms worn in the past.
The Vikings also struggled to match the physical play that became a signature of last year’s squad.
Juanita delivered most of the hard licks and gave Inglemoor’s inexperienced offensive line all it could handle.
The Rebels held their opponent to 140 yards on the ground, most of which came from Campbell.
“I thought we were a physical football team, just like I thought we would be,” said first-year Rebels head coach Shaun Tarantola. “We got what we expected up front, and now we’ve got to get better on the other aspects.
“We just didn’t make some big plays when we had the opportunities, and that’s what causes you to lose.”
Inglemoor’s Paul Ena finished second in rushing for the Vikings with 37 yards on 14 carries.
Four Viking running backs saw action in the game.
Juanita spread the ball to five carriers, and Robert Golden led the team with 73 yards, most of which came on a 60-yard touchdown run that gave the Rebels a 13-10 lead – their only of the game – with around 4 minutes left in the third quarter.
Inglemoor started the ensuing drive with good field position after recovering an onside kick, and Campbell brought his team to the Rebel 45 through the air before regaining the lead on consecutive runs of 12 and 33 yards.
Naish trusted his running game to Ena, the Vikings’ most experienced rusher, as his team clung to a 17-14 advantage late in the fourth quarter.
The senior ball carrier took all four of Inglemoor’s last carries and drove in a 1-yard touchdown run that gave his team the go-ahead score with 1:40 left in the game.
Juanita running back Cole Graves scored on a short drive of his own during the second quarter to give the Rebels their first touchdown of the season.
Both teams’ quarterbacks struggled early, although Campbell seemed to find his rhythm in the second half.
“We were missing too many passes, and Juanita’s scheme was to force us to throw,” Naish said. “We didn’t do a good job in the first two quarters of doing that. Once we threw better, we were fine.”
Campbell misfired on a number of passes in the first two quarters, but ended the night with 13 of 29 for 158 yards.
“He had a lackluster first half, and then a great second half.”
Junior quarterback Kris Otterholt started his first varsity game for the Rebels, completing 6 of 12 passes for 80 yards and three interceptions.
“I felt good about how he kept his composure,” Tarantola said. “He was focused the whole game.”