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Vikes fall short in offensive shootout

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Viking quarterback Quinn Frost (4) picks up a block from Austin Lees (21) and scampers into the end zone on the final touchdown of the night.
(T-G Photo by Jimmy Jones)
UNIONVILLE-- It was a beautiful, crisp night for football and an overflow crowd showed up for the District 9-A match up between long time rivals Eagleville and Community.

They were not disappointed.


The two teams combined for 83 points, over 700 yards in offense, had a 70-yard kickoff return, scored four touchdown between them in a seven-minute span and every now and then they even threw in a tackle or two.

Both squads jumped on the offensive bandwagon quickly to the tune of two touchdowns apiece as the first quarter ended with 14 points on both sides of the scoreboard.

Eagleville kept their side of the field entertained with two more scores in the second period to lead 28-14 at intermission despite the hosts running rampant offensively, only to shoot themselves in the foot with a fumble in the red zone.

The Eagles had the first possession of the second half and promptly embarked on an 11-play drive culminating in a touchdown run by Andrew Jernigan to bump the score to 35-14 and seemingly take control of the ballgame.

Vikes step up

Senior wide receiver Zack James hauls in a 42-yard touchdown pass from Quinn Frost in the third quarter.
(T-G Photo by Jimmy Jones)
However, the Vikings (1-4, 0-2 9-A) were not about to call it a night just yet as junior quarterback Quinn Frost faded and found All-State receiver Zack James streaking behind the Eagle defense for a 42-yard touchdown less than a minute later to cut into the lead 35-21.

The Eagles solved the Viking defense and answered at the 1:29 mark to once again take what appeared to be a commanding lead at 42-21.

The crowd barely had a chance to get seated again before Community senior Austin Lees demonstrated why he is so highly regarded by college scouts when he simply outran everyone on the field for 85 yards with the ensuing kickoff to make the score 42-28.

Eagleville kept the pace to score with just 28 seconds on the clock when Jernigan hauled in a long pass and was tackled on the Community one-yard line. The visitors punched in on the next play to up the advantage to 49-28.

Frost finished the scoring with a keeper on a play action fake.


Lees finished with 138 yards rushing on just 14 touches for two touchdowns. He accounted for a third with his second run of 70 yards or more on a kickoff return. The senior accounted for 272 total yards.

Taylor Paschal had a good night with 26 yards on seven rushes.

Frost continues to highlight his versatility with 66 yards on the ground including a 19-yard touchdown run. He threw for 104 yards including a 56-yard score. He also doubles as the place kicker and punter in his spare time.

James caught three balls for 82 yards and one touchdown despite facing double and triple coverage most of the night.

The Vikings tallied 370 yards offensively.

On the defensive side of the ball, the Vikings were led once again by the gritty veteran Ethan Hardin with 14 tackles, followed by Austin Stallings and Jesse Panito with seven apiece.

Checking in with six tackles each were Darian Pride and Jason Fox.

The Vikings will be idle next week before a Sept. 28 visit to Middle Tennessee Christian.

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