Leipsic's Gavin Lomeli (11) fights off a pair of Liberty-Benton defenders on his way to an 11 yard scoring run in the Vikings win over the Eagles Friday night. (Putnam Sentinel/Charlie Warnimont)
Leipsic's Gavin Lomeli (11) fights off a pair of Liberty-Benton defenders on his way to an 11 yard scoring run in the Vikings win over the Eagles Friday night. (Putnam Sentinel/Charlie Warnimont)

FINDLAY — Leipsic's offensive line made an early statement against Liberty-Benton Friday night.

During their first two possessions the Vikings decided to let their offensive line set the tone. The line paved the way for the backs with room to run as they scored on these two drives all on running plays. That allowed the Vikings to get an early edge that they rode to a 34-7 win over the Eagles in the Blanchard Valley Conference opener for both teams.

Leipsic is now 3-0 on the season and the Eagles are 0-3.

After the Leipsic defense forced a three and out, with two plays for negative yardage, the offense put together an eight play, all runs, to take a 7-0 lead on a two yard run by Gavin Lomeli. Kaiden Rader had a 22 yard run during the drive and Lomeli also had an 11 yard run.

On the Eagles next possession they picked up a first down before Cole Rieman picked off an Eagle pass on the next play giving the Vikings a short field to work with as he returned the pick to the Eagle 31. Four more running plays had Leipsic back in the endzone as Juan Pena scored on a one yard run with 4:08 left in the quarter.

After an Eagle punt on their next possession, the Vikings needed just four plays to score again as this time they did it through the air as Dylan Schroeder hooked up with Tyler Hiegel on a 43 yard scoring pass with 1:10 left in the opening quarter. After Pena kick the extra point Leipsic had a 21-0 lead on the defending BVC champions.

Liberty-Benton responded with their only scoring drive of the night on their next possession as they went 76 yards in 11 plays capped off by a one yard run by Marshall Rose. The extra point made it a 21-7 game.

Leipsic tacked on two more scores in the quarter as they built a 34-7 lead.

Rader scored on a 13 yard run with 5:15 left in the quarter after the Vikings Josh Ralda recovered an Eagle fumble at the Liberty-Benton 15. The final Leipsic score of the first came when Pena caught a five yard scoring pass from Schroeder with 38.3 seconds left in the half.

Neither team scored in the second half as the Viking defense came up with a pair of stops in the redzone against the Eagles. On their first possession of the second half, the Eagles drove to the Leipsic 12 before four straight incomplete passes ended the drive. Late in the quarter, Liberty-Benton drove to the Leipsic 23 before the defense stepped up and ended it when Dylan Schroeder picked off a pass.

The Vikings defense came up with four turnovers in the game Friday night.

Leipsic rushed for 167 yards in the game as Rader led the way with 51 yards on six carries and lomeli had 49 yards on 14 carries. Schroeder was 9-of-12 passing for 166 yards as Rieman caught three passes for 56 yards and Rader caught four passes for 62 yards.

Rose was a hand full for the Viking defense as he caught four passes for 90 yards and rushed for another 50 yards. Michael Erdeljac was 12-of-25 passing for 141 yards for Liberty-Benton before he was injured late in the third quarter.

Pena led the Viking defense with 10 tackles and two sacks and Clay Gerdeman had a pair of sacks for the Vikings.