LaBrae rode two scores in the first four minutes of a Division V, Region 17 quarterfinal game to a 21-0 win over visiting Wickcliffe on Saturday night.
The Vikings (10-1) shut out the Blue Devils (8-3), who were averaging more than 40 points, by forcing six turnovers, including five interceptions. LaBrae’s Benton Tennant picked off four passes himself.
The Vikings were also without starting quarterback Kent Wolford due to an injury. His replacement, Dominic Harris, completed 8 of 10 passes for 90 yards with one interception.
Vikings coach John Armeni told his players afterwards to not be satisfied with one win.
“We want to push this thing as far as we can go,” Armeni said.
He also credited his defense for its work in shutting out the Blue Devils.
“They played with a fire in their belly,” Armeni said. “We knew we had to try to match their physicality. You have to be happy but you can’t be satisfied.”
The Vikings scored on the second play following the opening kickoff when Walt Allie went around right end with a handoff and raced 79 yards down the sideline for a touchdown. The extra point gave LaBrae a 7-0 lead.
The All-American Conference is an OHSAA-sanctioned league, created in 2008 as the result of the merger between the Trumbull Athletic Conference and the Metro Athletic Conference in Ohio. The league has 21 different member schools, with 17 sports offered throughout fall, winter and spring sports seasons.