For The Fort Bend Star
Dulles High School jumped to an 8-0 first quarter lead, then sat out a long lightning delay before completing their 24-6 victory over Alief Elsik last Friday night in the first game of the 2016 football season.
With two minutes left in the first quarter, Dulles quarterback Luke Metzer scrambled up the middle for an 8-yard touchdown run. For the conversion, the Vikings quickly lined up in a version of the old swinging gate formation and Metzer saw an open hole and ran the ball in for an 8-0 lead.
A few minutes later with 11:15 remaining in the second quarter, the stadium was cleared due to lightning in the area. Once lightning is detected near the stadium, there is a 30-minute wait until play can resume. In this case, the wait became several hours.
Once play resumed, the Vikings scored on a Clayton Cooper 33-yard field goal with 9:21 to go in the second quarter.
Elsik scored its only points of the night on a 26-yard pass from Isaiah Ibeto to James Wadsworth with 34 seconds remaining in the half. The kick for the extra point failed. Responding quickly, Dulles scored with 6 seconds to go when Metzer found Ainias Smith for a 23-yard touchdown. The extra point kick failed.
After the half, both teams’ defenses took charge as there was no scoring until the Vikings running back Marquise Frank ran into the end zone from five yards out with 6:19 remaining in the game. Clayton Cooper kicked the extra point to make the score 24-6.
Marquise Frank ended the game with 70 rushing yards on 17 carries, including a long run of 44 yards.
“My line did an excellent job of opening holes all night,” Frank said. “On the long run, I was patient enough to let the line open the hole and then I was able to burst through.”
Wide receiver Maurice Frank, Marquise’s twin brother, caught six passes for 74 yards with a long catch of 54-yards. Ainias Smith had five catches for 95 yards and a touchdown, including a long catch of 43-yards.
Quarterback Metzer completed 16 of 26 passes for 142-yards with 1onetouchdown and one interception.
“I have to give a shout out to our big guys upfront as they did an amazing job tonight. Our line dominated the line of scrimmage as we had a lot of successful runs up the middle,” Metzer said. “Our receivers and backs did a great job with their assignments.”
The Dulles defense held Elsik to 215 total yards and 11 first downs, compared to 298 total yards and 16 first downs for the Vikings. Dulles’ pass defense allowed only 86 passing yards while the Vikings had 194 yards of passing. Travis Brewer and DeMarcus Dixon had 12 tackles each for the Vikings.
The Vikings will take on the Terry Rangers Thursday night at Hall Stadium.