Sunday, October 28, 2007

Vikings run their own version of the U of F’s Single-Wing

Published October 27, 2007 09:30 pm -

Lowndes dominating
Wayne Grandy

MOULTRIE — No surprises on Friday at Tom White Field at Mack Tharpe Stadium.

Lowndes was as good as advertised, certainly worthy of being ranked No. 4 in the state in Class AAAAA, and their 36-7 victory over the Packers clinched one of the top two spots in Region 1-AAAAA, giving the Vikings a home game for the first round of the state playoffs.

One has to wonder how the Vikings were shut out by Harrison in their opener.

Since then, they have reeled off seven wins in a row and now more closely resemble the 2004 and 2005 teams that went a combined 29-1 and won a pair of Class AAAAA state championships.

The Vikings have the top all-around player in the region in Greg Reid, who rushed for 63 yards and and two touchdowns, caught a 28-yard touchdown pass, intercepted a pass and returned a punt 39 yards to the Packers 7.

The Vikings run their own version of the University of Florida’s offense that features Tim Tebow in what is essentially a single-wing formation.

After the Vikings battered the Packers with fullback Adrian Hargett gaining 43 and seven yards on the first two offensive plays of the game, Reid moved into the tailback position and gained 13, 14 and 2 yards before going into the end zone from a yard out with 9:55 left in the first quarter.

The Vikings Tebow-ed the Packers again in the second quarter, with Reid carrying the ball on four straight plays, the last of which went for 8 yards and gave the Vikings a 21-7 lead.

And Reid is just the best of a talented group of runners that includes the Vikings all-time leading rusher, Darriet Perry, who had a touchdown and two 2-point conversion on Friday and chipped in 46 yards.

Both Lowndes fullbacks found creases in the Packers front. Hargett finished with 73 on nine carries. Tavaris Williams, who wears a quarterback’s number, but starts at linebacker when not running over opposing defenders, had 61 yards on just seven carries.

Jerry Postell averaged over seven yards on his five carries and he is down on the depth chart in the backfield.

In a game that lasted just over two hours, the Vikings rushed the ball 41 times for 295 yards. Lowndes threw just three times and completed two: one for a touchdown and the other for a first down.

The Vikings punted just twice and converted seven of their 10 third-down plays.

And their defense was as efficient and impressive as the offense.

The Packers had just five first down, one of which came on a Vikings penalty. Ten times they faced a third down play and 10 times they came up short.

Colquitt had 103 yards on the ground on 34 carries and 121 yards of total offense. Both figures are the lowest since the season-opening loss to Cook.

Colquitt County’s only score came on a 55-yard touchdown run in the first quarter by backup quarterback Quin Roberson, who was operating out of the Packers version of single wing.

But Roberson finished with just 46 yards on the ground.

Starting quarterback John Michael Harrison had the most carries for the Packers and he managed just 37 yards on 11 totes.

Starting running back Travon Littleton was credited with one yard on eight carries.

Still, the Packers have an outside shot at the playoffs.

But they will have to beat Warner Robins at home next Friday and Tift County at Brodie Field the following week.

Lowndes, at 4-0, can clinch the region championship when it meets Tift County on Friday at home.

Valdosta, which hung a surprising 35-7 whipping on Coffee on Friday, has clinched a playoff berth as well and is 4-1 in the region with its final regular-season game scheduled for Friday at Houston County. The Bears are 1-7 overall and 0-4 in the region.

Tift County took a big step toward securing the fourth playoff spot by coming from behind to knock off Warner Robins 20-13 on Friday at McConnell-Talbert Stadium. The Demons will bring a 2-6 overall record and a 1-3 region mark to Moultrie on Friday. Both of those records match Colquitt County’s and the loser will be denied an 11th game.


Moultrie Observer

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Moultrie, GA 31776


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