HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Vikings roll past raiders
October 20, 2013 1:30 AM

Apollo-Ridge couldn’t seem to hold onto the football Saturday, but it didn’t matter as the Vikings rolled to an easy 41-16 victory over Riverview in a WPIAL Eastern Conference football game.

The Vikings (6-2) are set to face off with conference foe West Shamokin (6-2) on Friday in a regular-season finale matchup with playoff seeding implications. The two teams are tied for third place in the Eastern Conference with matching 5-2 league records.

Against Riverview, Apollo-Ridge quarterback Jesse Zelonka racked up 238 yards on the ground, 116 through the air and two touchdowns to lead the Vikings’ offense. Apollo-Ridge outgained Riverview, 463-171, in total yards and allowed just one Raiders completion.

Zelonka, who has yet to throw an interception through eight games this season, finished 6 of 13 passing.

The Vikings jumped out to a 21-0 lead at the half, and added 20 points in the final quarter. The score probably could’ve been more lopsided, but the Vikings coughed up four fumbles.

Ben Gemballa’s 3-yard run and Zelonka’s 92-yard score gave Apollo-Ridge a 14-0 lead in the first quarter. Alex Smith added a 65-yard touchdown catch in the second.

Gemballa then had a 10-yard touchdown run, Lonny Wells scored from 6 yards out and Duane Brown capped the scoring with a 16-yard run for the Vikings, who finished with 347 rushing yards.




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