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Community dispatches Kings Academy in last game

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Senior Austin Lees rushed for 243 yards and three touchdowns in his final game for the Vikings.
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UNIONVILLE -- Fans, friends and family turned out on a blustery, bitterly cold Friday night to pay homage to ten Community Viking seniors before their final game against King's Academy on the field where it all started four short years ago.

The Purple and Gold clad veterans returned the favor in a big way by leading a dominating overall performance to crush the scrappy visitors 48-25 to notch the most wins in school history.

Making history

Along the way, the Vikings (4-6, 2-4 9-A) also established school records with 504 yards of total offense, amassed 406 yards rushing, and had two players set program marks in touchdowns scored for a career in Austin Lees and Zack James.

Defensively, senior linebacker Ethan Hardin's 12 tackles on the night boosted his total to 101 tackles for the year and elevated him as the leading defensive player in school history in that category.

"I couldn't be more proud of our ten seniors," Community coach Johnnie Frost said. "These young men did exactly what great leaders do-they raised the bar considerably and they left this program in immensely better shape than it was in when they arrived.

"No coach could ask for a more than that. Each of those young men embodies the true meaning of student athlete. We thank them for their class on and off the field these past four years. They brought a winning attitude to the program and we are pleased that they closed their careers the same way tonight."

Community led 7-0 after one period and was up 27-17 at the half. They dominated the third quarter to pull out to 48-17 advantage.

Viking sophomore tailback Taylor Paschal breaks off a big run inside the red zone on Friday night.
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In what has become a tradition during Frost's tenure, every single senior lineman got to experience the thrill of running the football during the course of the game. Eric Haman made the most of his opportunity by breaking off a 27-yard jaunt and just may have scored if someone had unhitched that plow he appeared to be pulling the final five yards.

Senior running back Austin Lees led the offense with 17 carries for 243 yards and three touchdowns.

Fellow seniors Zack James caught two balls for 38 yards and a touchdown and Jesse Cooper hauled in three passes for 44 yards.

Junior quarterback Quinn Frost finished the night completing 4-of-9 passes for 93 yards, and one TD. He picked up 45 yards rushing on five touches.

Defense steps up

The defense played with a bend but don't break attitude and contributed three interceptions, two by freshman Darian Pride, and one by junior Taylor Paschal, two of the players that are the future of the program. Pride also rushed for 37 yards on two carries with one score on offense.

Fourth-year man Austin Stallings did the majority of the grunt work expected by taking on the lead blocker against a predominately run-first offense opening the way for his fellow linebackers to make plays, and James contributed a devastating tackle on a Lion ball carrier that separated him from the ball leading to fumble recovery by Cooper.

Senior Alex Nunley's outstanding work in the trenches flew under the radar for most of the season, but he was one of the first to receive hugs and accolades from his quarterback and running backs as they exited the field for the last time.

The win concludes the season but stay tuned to the T-G for a season summary of the Vikings football journey to respectability next week.

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