Isaac Ray looked really good on the Week One film. He was even better in person.
Ray, Northern Lebanon’s senior signal-caller, was in midseason form during the Vikings’ 24-14 season-opening triumph at Pine Grove on Friday night. Exhibiting an uncanny feel for what the defense was giving him and executing Northern Lebanon’s offense impeccably, Ray was a threat with both his feet and arm.
Engineering his team’s option attack, Ray had his hands – and legs – in all three of Northern Lebanon’s touchdowns and 24 of the Vikes’ points. Ray went 14-for-16 for 203 yards, a touchdown and a pair of two-point conversion tosses, and carried 12 times for 85 yards and a pair of rushing scores.
Ray’s eight-yard keeper in the third quarter opened Northern Lebanon’s scoring. He then tossed a 57-yard scoring strike to John Randolph early in the fourth quarter, before putting the outcome out of reach with a 55-yard touchdown scamper.
For a Northern Lebanon club trying to turn around its 3-7 fortunes from a year ago, it was a great way to get the 2014 campaign off on the right foot. Ray is also an accomplished performer for the Vikings boys’ basketball team during the winter months.
– Jeff Falk