They might not have the flash or the individual star power like some other teams in the South Puget Sound League South Division, but as the weeks pass the Curtis Vikings are proving they deserve to be mentioned with the contenders.
The Curtis defense harassed and manhandled Auburn Riverside’s vaunted passing attack, and the offense produced another stellar outing as the Vikings won their fifth consecutive game, a 49-22 decision over the Ravens at Viking Field in University Place in a SPSL crossover matchup Friday night.
Auburn Riverside star quarterback Kevin Thomson was held to 205 yards passing, and the Curtis defense intercepted him twice in the second half while handing the Ravens (6-1) their first loss of the season.
“We stepped up the blitz package and our pressure put a lot of heat on him,” Curtis coach Clay Angle said. “I don’t know if he’s seen that type of pressure all year. We got after him pretty good.”
While much of the hype centered on Thomson, the Vikings’ offense was steady and mistake free, orchestrated by quarterback Scott Wismer.
Trailing 15-7 early after Thomson’s 1-yard touchdown run, Curtis exploded for 21 points in the second quarter.
Wismer tossed touchdown passes to Jerrik Bailey and Carter McKay, and Hasani Childs added a 32-yard run to lift Curtis (6-1) to a 28-22 halftime lead.
“He’s such a competitor, and he makes plays happen,” Angle said of Wismer, who passed for 321 yards and three touchdowns. “He’s just very, very important to us.”
Wismer and McKay hooked up again on the Vikings’ opening drive of the second half, this time from 39 yards out as Curtis extended its lead to 35-22, taking advantage of a young Auburn Riverside secondary.
“We came together last year, his first year playing quarterback, it was just unreal the amount of chemistry we already had on the field,” McKay said of his relationship with Wismer. “He knows he can just throw the ball up and I’ll make a play, and he knows just where to put it.”
McKay finished with seven catches for 175 yards, and Wismer completed passes to five different receivers.
Curtis also got a huge boost from its running game, as Donell Diego (15 carries, 84 yards, TD) and Childs (12 carries, 103 yards, three TDs) tired out the Auburn Riverside defensive line.
“They were very aware of our inside running game so we struck on the perimeter,” Angle said. “We just tried to mix it up and do play action. When they had seven or eight in the box, we started throwing the ball over their heads.”
Curtis finishes the season with games against Rogers at home and Federal Way on the road. The lone blemish is a week two loss to Graham-Kapowsin.
“I think we’re just getting better,” Angle said. “We’re just trying to put that (loss to the Eagles) behind us and get better every week.”