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Vikings clinched a playoff spot for the 11th straight year after defeating Petal

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Josh Morgan

Warren Central High School has clinched a playoff spot for the 11th year in a row after defeating Petal 31-21 on Friday.

“It was a tough road game but we played hard for four quarters and came out with a big win,” quarterback Jack Wright said.

The Vikings got on the board shortly after Jack Wright spotted Maddox Lynch across the middle for a big gain. Darius Carter took the handoff right up the middle between the center and guard for a 33-yard touchdown and Jonah Artman would knock down the PAT.

Demarcus Jones and Rashad Clark punished a couple of Petal’s ball carriers but they eventually found their way into the end zone after a short run to tie the game at seven.

After getting the ball back, Wright swung it out to Trey Hall who took it for 30 yards up the field. WC eventually would have to punt and give the ball back to Petal but the Vikings would shut them down quickly.

Late in the second quarter, Petal blocked WC’s punt which would put the Panthers in good field position. Ryan Poole ran it in for Petal for a 13-yard touchdown as they took a 14-7 lead over WC with 1:58 left in the half.

After Wright was hit in the backfield, sophomore Eric Collins picked up a 34 yard run to push the Vikings down the field. Wright would fake a handoff to Hall on the next play and sling it out to Zack Evans for a 36-yard score to tie the game at 14 just before halftime.

Coming out of halftime, WC’s defense made some stops by LJ Reynolds and Garrett Orgas to force a punt.

Hall would pickup 25 yards from the right side to put the Vikings in good field position. Wright would get sacked again but WC managed to push the ball down the field when Collins picked up more positive yards with good blocking by the offensive line.

Mark Gray Jr. would score for the Vikings from five yards out to go up 21-14.

The Panthers held possession of the ball for a while but failed to score as Jones and Julien Demby grabbed some tackles.

WC would get a 26-yard field goal to expand the Vikings’ lead to 24-14 in the fourth quarter.

The Panthers wouldn’t hesitate to get back into the game as they grabbed another score with WC leading 24-21 with 4:32 left to play.

Now only leading by three points, the Vikings would turn the ball over but quickly got it back after Roy Qualls tipped a pass and Rashad Clark caught the interception.

Hall would get the final touchdown of the night from 24-yards out with 18 seconds left in the game as WC took the 31-21 win.

The Vikings will host Meridian on Thursday.

 

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