(9-26-21) Special teams are a key part of any high school football team, they can win a game for you or lose a game for you…Friday night Niles would suffer a night of mistakes on those special teams.

A look at the overall special teams –

  • Vicksburg R.J. Vallier 81 kickoff return to start the game
  • made 1 of 2 two-point after touchdowns
  • injury to punter Ezra Vance, would result in 3 punts with just a 16 yard average

For the Niles coaching staff it had to be a tough loss, but there were many bright spots for the Vikings.

Talon Brawley was 2-of-9 for 47 yards passing and one TD, he added 51 yards on 24 carries. Julian Means-Flewellen had 95 yards rushing on 25 carries and 1 TD and a 2-point PAT run.

Sam Rucker had a 27 yard reception for a TD and on defense added 3 sacks.

Plus the Vikings were facing a Bulldog team playing their first home game of the year and at a dedication of a refurbished field.

Niles will try again on Friday night in a home Wolverine Conference game vs. Plainwell lost their first game of the season conference powerhouse Edwardsburg 49-0.

Box Score

At Vicksburg

1 -2 -3 -4

Niles 6 -0 -8 -0 = 14

Vicksburg 7 -7 -0 -7 = 21

V – R.J. Vallier 81 kickoff return (Kyler Dean kick)
N – Talon Brawley 1 run (run failed)
V – Vallier 24 pass from Evan Anderson (Dean kick)
N – Sam Rucker 27 pass from Brawley (Julian Means-Flewellen run)
V – Bo Skidmore 6 run (Dean kick)

2021 records: Niles 3-2, 2-2 Wolverine; Vicksburg 4-1, 3-1 Wolverine

A look at Niles Point after TD –

  • 1-2 on 2-pt attempts vs Vicksburg
  • 2-2 on 2 pt attempts 0-1 kick for PAT vs Three Rivers
  • 1-1 kick vs. Edwardsburg
  • 0-3 on 2-pt attempts 0-1 – kick vs. Sturgis
  • 1-4 on 2-pt attempts vs. Buchanan

Total –

  • 2pt attempts – 4 for 11
  • kicks – 1 for 3