Vikings are back on the road for third encounter of 2021 season

Mark Martin

After enjoying an evening at home, one that included a victory, the Ripley Vikings are right back on the road for the third game of the 2021 campaign.

Ripley will travel to Hamlin Friday evening, Sept. 10, for a showdown with the Lincoln County Panthers.

It will be a matchup of two teams sporting 1-1 records.

Ripley opened its season with a loss to Brooke (28-7), who is now 2-0, before bouncing back at Memorial Stadium to defeat Buckhannon-Upshur (31-13).

Lincoln County was beaten by Princeton, who is off to a 2-0 start, in its opener before downing Roane County last weekend.

Viking second-year head coach Steve Sayre was glad to erase the bad taste of defeat from the Brooke game with the win over Buckhannon-Upshur.

Steve Sayre's team will compete against the Lincoln County Panthers.

“They played a lot better than they did the first game,” said Sayre of his team.

He said the effort was superb.

“The kids played really hard.”

Ripley’s running game, which struggled against Brooke, was one of the bright spots in the win over the Buccaneers.

“The running game with Joey Ramsey and Brady Anderson did a nice job. And our offensive line did a nice job.”

On the prevent side, Sayre saw several bright spots.

“Defensively we had some kids get after it. We moved some kids around. Brandon Deal and Collen Moore played really well,” Sayre said.

The kicking game was excellent with both Carter Cochran and Katie Lawrence.

Cochran delivered some kickoffs into the end zone and inside the 10. Lawrence drilled a field goal in the victory.

Now comes the latest matchup against a Lincoln County team that Sayre says is a quality opponent.

“They lost to a really good Princeton team (35-0) in their first game, but they are solid,” he said. “They gave us fits last year and they have virtually everyone back this year. They bounced back against Roane (30-28)."

“They have a really good running back and a really good quarterback. This is going to be a challenge. They are much-improved from last year.”

The contest is set to begin at 7:30 inside Lions Club Field.

Viking game notes

Ripley leads the overall series with LCHS, 6-1.

Lincoln County is a consolidation of old Hamlin, Guyan Valley, Duval and Harts high schools.

Most of the Harts area attends Chapmanville Regional.

Duval captured three state championships during its time as a program.

The Yellow Jackets (who were orange and black) won the first of those three in Ripley under the late Mike Linsky.

Duval defeated Doddridge County at Memorial Stadium in November of 1978 for the Class A crown.

Former Viking standout Dwayne Hicks is a member of the coaching staff.

Hicks, who later played at Glenville State College and coached at Ripley, was a member of the 1986 Viking squad — the first in school history to make the playoffs.

Brian Johnson, Jeff Waybright and Phil Iman will call the action from Hamlin on WCEF-FM (98.3).