Pathfinder rolls past Smith Vocational, 64-0
PALMER — After taking some positive steps forward last week, all Smith Vocational did was go backward, literally and figuratively Friday.
The Vikings will continue looking for their first win as a football program after falling 64-0 to Pathfinder Friday night.
The Pioneers were hungry for a win themselves after dropping their first two games of the season and dominated the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball.
“There was nothing positive. Not one thing,” Smith Voke coach Jeff Peterson said. “We took a huge step backwards. There’s just nothing to build on this week. It was terrible.”
Vikings ball carriers found no daylight against a physically imposing Pathfinder front, earning just two first downs all game while being pushed back for negative yardage.
Pathfinder scored on all but one of its possessions with only the clock preventing a final score before the half.
Senior quarterback Michael Krzynowek scored four of the Pioneers’ five touchdowns in the first half, including 45-plus yard returns for touchdowns on consecutive Smith punts to give Pathfinder a 40-0 lead heading into halftime. It could have been three consecutive touchdown returns if not for a block in the back late in his scamper shortly before the half.
Against Pathfinder’s second team, the Vikings still struggled to execute on offense. Smith Voke sputtered out on its first two drives, setting up two other Pathfinder scores, one after an 11-yard punt and the other after a failed fake punt, pushing the deficit to 56-0 early in the fourth quarter.
Peterson said going into the game, he had a feeling the Vikings were in for a rough time.
“We had a terrible week of practice,” he said.
The team’s overall feel for the game, or lack thereof, Peterson explained, kept it from gaining any kind of momentum on either side of the ball.
“I was just telling them over there that it’s not like we can work on stepping to the hole or taking a wider route or wrapping up. Those aren’t the things that we missed. That’s not why we lost the game,” he said. “We lost the game because we didn’t know what we were doing. There was indecision everywhere.”
He added, “We have a long, long, long ways to go before we can compete.”
Despite a discouraging three game start to the program’s existence that has seen the Vikings get outscored 142-20, Peterson said he expects his team to continue to show up and strive for improvement, which he predicted will come with continued reps.
“We’re not going to give up. The kids aren’t quitters, I know that,” he said. “I think they’re a little overwhelmed right now. It’s just too big for them. Football’s fast out there. You watch it on TV, it looks pretty slow. You don’t get that when you’re out there and it’s moving, if you’re not used to it, it’s overwhelming. They just have to get reps. I put the JV in early tonight and we’re building for the future. You develop a sense after you play a lot of football and we’re just not there yet.”
Pathfinder 64, Smith Vocational 0
Smith Voke 0 0 0 0—0
Pathfinder 16 24 8 16—64
P - Michael Krzynowek 4 run (Shane Neto run), 8:07
P - Neto 23 run (Tom Murphy pass from Krzynowek) 0:25
P - Krzynowek 18 run (Krzynowek run), 9:40
P - Krzynowek 47 punt return (Neto run), 6:46
P - Krzynowek 45 punt return (pass from Andrew Roman), 3:14
P- Ryan Hazzard 3 run (Zachery Anderson run), 4:48
P – Tom Cassidy 15 run (Kenneth Lagimoniere run), 9:49
P - Anderson 1 run (Anderson run), 0:33
Passing: Smith: Elijah Salaam 0-1-0-0; Pathfinder: Krzynowek 0-2-0-0
Rushing: Smith: Salaam 7- minus-6, Dustin Parzyck 7- minus-31, Chase Chicoine 4-11, Lucas Gray 3- minus-3, Matt Hewes 3- minus-3, Jared Pease 3- minus-6, Dominic Diaz 2- minus-3, Fernando Perez 2- minus 13, Cam Van Buren 1-2; Pathfinder: Cassidy 6-108, Neto 5-45; Anderson 4-39, Krzynowek 3-53, Hazzard 2-8, Andrew Roman 2-1, Adam Nevue 1-12