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Vikings rally falls short
September 8, 2013Princeton High School
The Princeton Vikings nearly erased a 30-7 halftime deficit against the Pickerington North Panthers, but failed late in the second half to drop their record to 1-1 on the season. The Panthers capitalized on two costly Princeton interceptions late to defeat the Vikings 47-22 on Friday, August 6 at Mancuso Field.
Demarcus Staley opened up the game with a 54 yard kick-off return to give Coach Croley's offense excellent field position to start. Tyrell Gilbert connected with Elijah Ball for a 30 yard touchdown completion, capping off a 8 play, 39 yard opening drive.
Excellent defense to start the game for the Vikings forced a quick three and out drive for the Panthers. Expecting to have the football back, the Vikings would fumble the pursuing punt inside their own 20 yard line, giving the ball right back to the explosive Panthers' offense. Pickerington North would even up the score after a 1 yard run by TJ Hammel.
Panthers' quarterback, Zephania Miller, used his speed on its third possession, eluding Vikings' defense for a 31 yard touchdown run with 2:21 remaining in the first quarter of play. Again, the Panthers' defense limited the Vikings to just 2 yards on its next posession, forcing the ball back over to Pickerington North.
The Panthers, up 14-7, put together a 3 play, 38 yard drive to extend the lead 20-7 at the end of the first quarter.
Pickerington would add a 45 yard field goal by Karch Holland and a 8 yard touchdown pass to take a 30-7 lead at the half.
The up-tempo offense by the Vikings got things going in the third quarter. Gilbert connected with Marcus Placke for 12 yards, and would air it out to Bryant Holloway for a 85 yard touchdown strike with 7:21 remaining in the third quarter.
Pickerington North would counter with a solid drive of their own, but would result in 0 points, as Holland would miss a 40 yard field goal attempt.
Gilbert and the Vikings would put together another strong drive, resulting in a 10 yard touchdown pass to Holloway. Elijah Harris would steam roll in the endzone for the 2 point coversion.
Down 8 points and the ball, Princeton was unable to reach the first down marker on 4th and 4 on the Panthers' 36 yard line, resulting in turnover on downs. Pickerington North would quickly score 14 unanswered points to extend its lead to 44-22. The Panthers would add another field goal in the closing minutes to close the door.
The Vikings finished with 341 total yards on offense. Gilbert finished 15 of 27 passing attempts for 189 yards and 3 touchdowns. Gilbert added 123 rushing yards on 17 carries. Elijah Ball led the receiving core with 8 catches for 79 yards and a touchdown. Bryant Holloway caught three passes for 122 yards and two touchdowns.
Defensively, Princeton allowed 342 total yards. Aubrhee Woods led the Vikings with 9 total tackles, including 1 sack and 2 tackles for loss. RJ Jenkins had another solid game with 3.5 tackles, 1 sack, and 3 tackles for loss. Safety, Bryant Holloway, had an interception in the loss.
The Vikings (1-1) travel to the west side Friday night to take on the LaSalle Lancers at 7:30pm.