SANTA CRUZ -- It was a tale of two halves for the Santa Cruz High and Irvington football teams.
After a tightly contested first half, Santa Cruz faced doom in the second half.
Irvington scored 34 unanswered second half points and went on to a 42-6 victory over the host Cardinals on Friday night at Memorial Field.
Irvington quarterback Jack Shank ran for 102 yards and two touchdowns on only seven carries and completed 7 of his 11 passes for 59 yards and a touchdown.
"He ran the offense very smooth, he's a dangerous player," Santa Cruz coach Bubba Trumbull said.
Santa Cruz controlled the ball and much of the clock in the first half with two possessions of 15 or more plays, the second of which resulted in a 17-play, 66-yard drive that took nearly eight minutes off the clock. That drive was capped by an Alex Morris' 3-yard run. The Cardinals failed the two-point attempt and went into halftime down 8-6.
But in the second half, the Cardinals committed three second half turnovers. The Vikings turned two of those into long touchdown drives and never looked back.
"We couldn't hold onto the ball the second half," Trumbull said. "We have a lot of young guys who will keep improving. Right now their minds are fragile and they will have to man up as the season continues."
Vikings running back Ariel Hercik and Chauncey Jones each rushed for over 100 yards and a touchdown as the Vikings improved to 2-1 on the season.
Hercik ran for 107 yards on 13 carries and Jones for 139 yards, including a 47-yard touchdown run. Jones also added two catches for 32 yards including a 20-yard touchdown on a fourth and 16 play from the Cardinals 20-yard line.
Ashtyn Davis led the Cardinals (0-3) on the ground with 81 yards on 11 carries. Quarterback Morris couldn't find much of a rhythm with his receivers as the junior completed only 3 of his 14 pass attempts for 67 yards.