Warren Central earned a thriller 19-18 victory in the final seconds over Vicksburg on Friday night.
The Gators got on the board first when Jadarius Henderson picked off Nash Morgan’s pass and returned it for a 66-yard touchdown to put VHS up 6-0.
The Vikings wouldn’t respond until the second quarter when Jonah Artman nailed a 40-yard field goal that put the score at 6-3. WC turned around and forced a fumble on the next play at the 11-yard line that setup a short touchdown run by Ronnie Blossom that gave the Vikings a 9-6 lead.
WC forced a three and out on the next drive but gained good field position after the Gators’ punt fell short when the ball hit one of the Vikings’ players at the 25-yard line. Aiden Greer picked up some positive yards on the first play of the drive which was followed by a three yard score from Eric Collins Jr. WC maintained the 16-6 heading into halftime.
Greer came up with some big runs for WC in the third quarter but Mikey Johnson put the Gators back in the game after he blocked Artman’s field goal attempt and returned it for a 55-yard touchdown to narrow the Vikings’ lead to 16-12.
Morgan hit Maddox Lynch on a quick pass but would eventually turn the ball over to VHS early in the fourth. The Gators eventually found a spark on offense as Ronnie Alexander threw a nice pass to Tyler Henderson. He would also scramble for 20 yards while DeCorey Knight Jr. picked up 22 yards on a run that put VHS on the seven yard line. Knight then took it in on a three yard score that gave the Gators a 18-16 lead.
As the Vikings received the ball on the next drive, Zack Evans and Collins pulled off a hook and ladder that went for positive yards. A catch from Lynch and runs by Greer and Miller would earn WC a few first downs. Greer continued to bulldoze his way through the middle as he put the Vikings inside the five yard line. WC turned to Artman for a 20 yard field goal that gave the Vikings the 19-18 lead.
The Gators came out on fire as time began to expire. Alexander hit Henderson for a big gain with just a few seconds left. On the final play, Alexander rolled out to the left and his pass was tipped as Evans came up with the game-winning interception.
WC’s victory marked their 12th straight win over Vicksburg as they improved to 5-2 on the year.See a typo? Report it here.