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Vikings ignite early, down Bruins, 28-14

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LHS now 5-5, 2-2

By Robert Howey

 

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The 2011 Lancaster High School homecoming football game wasn’t a happy occasion as Spartanburg went home happy Friday night.

The Vikings, 7-2, 3-1, built the early lead and protected it for a 28-14 Region III-AAAA win over the Bruins.

The key sequence came early in the second half with ninth-rated SHS holding a 19-14 lead.

The Bruins, after holding Spartanburg on its opening possession in the second half, were on the move.

LHS senior quarterback Shaq Williams, who ran for 103 yards, dashed 10 yards for a first down at the Vikings’ 30, but fumbled.

Branch Wilson recovered for the Vikes, who with the short field, responded with a touchdown as QB Adrian Kollock sprinted in from eight yards out for the score.

SHS missed on the conversion, leaving the Vikes up 25-14.

“We dug ourselves an early hole and never could get out of it completely,” Lancaster High coach Bennie McMurray said. “We made a good comeback, but fell short. If we could have held the ball on that drive, it would have been interesting because we moved the ball pretty well all night.”

Spartanburg, early in the final period, extended its lead as the Vikings drove to the Lancaster 16 where the march stalled and Cameron Brown came on to boot a 33-yard field goal for a 28-14 lead.

Lancaster, 5-5, 2-2, had a final shot for points late in the game, but the drive fizzled at the SHS four.

On the cold and rainy night, matters didn’t go the Bruins’ way.

The Vikings, out of the blocks fast, bolted to a 13-0 lead and stayed on top.

Kollock whipped a 58-yard touchdown pass to James Jones to give the Vikes a 19-0 edge.

“Being on the road and facing a team capable of putting up points with an athlete like Shaq Williams, it was important to come in here and get some early points,” Spartanburg coach Freddy Brown said. “That first drive of the second half was big after they closed the gap.

“In the second half, our defense played lights out and shut them down with no points,” Brown said.

Late in the first half, Lancaster battled back to slice the Vikings’ 19-point lead to five.

Williams, capping a 73-yard, 10-snap drive, bolted in from a yard away to make it 19-7 after Brandon Reese drilled the conversion.

The Bruins, on their next possession, struck in a hurry. On a well-executed double pass, Williams hit Bruins’ wide receiver Michael Cooper on the wing and he fired a 49-yard pass to Kaderrious Jackson at the SHS three.

A play later, Williams scored and Reese converted the extra point to chop the Vikings’ lead to 19-14.

After the half, when LHS senior coed Zhaci Jones, representing the Lancaster Civinettes, was crowned LHS homecoming queen 2011, the Vikings, much like the rain, put a damper on the occasion to notch the road win.

“We let them establish some early momentum and we never could get totally on track,” McMurray said. “The loss hurts, but we have to regroup and refocus because we have a game coming up.”

The Bruins, 5-5, 2-2, host Clover on LHS Senior Night.

The Blue Eagles, 2-8, 0-4, fell to Rock Hill, 28-7 on Friday night at Rock Hill’s District Three Stadium.