The Perry County Vikings (2-4) traveled three hours to Red Boiling Springs just east of Lafayette in Macon County this past Friday night. The Bulldogs (4-2) historically have had some hard times in football but their program has been getting better just like the Vikings have. In this game, this was a tale of two halves.
In the first quarter, the Vikings kicked it off to the Bulldogs and on the second play of the game, RBS scored first on a 41-yard pitch and catch to make it 7-0. The Vikings battled back as Senior Josh Warren and classmate Luke Lindberg connected on a 39-yard pass and Sophomore Marcos Woo knocked down the extra point as the Vikings tied things up 7-7. However, the Bulldogs came back again on fourth down as the quarterback dumped it off to the running back and he took it 43-yards to the house to make it 14-7 RBS after one. In the second quarter, PCHS got a gift from RBS as they tried to punt after the defense came away with a three and out. RBS punter couldn’t hang on to the ball and Junior Zane Noel was able to pounce on him for a big loss and the Vikings had the ball first and goal at the 5-yard line. Warren ran the ball to the one but classmate Josh Jones put it in from the one and then PCHS went for two, this time Warren put it in and it was 15-14 Vikings. Again, back came the Bulldogs as their quarterback found an open receiver for a 52-yard pass and the Bulldogs went for two to make it 22-15 with about three minutes remaining. The Vikings got the ball at the Bulldog 30-yard line, Warren ran a designed quarterback keeper and broke three tackles and took it in for a 30-yard touchdown and the extra point was blocked but at the half, the Vikings trailed 22-21. In the second half, however, the Bulldogs came out firing after they celebrated Senior night. The Vikings offense could not get anything going as the quarterback for RBS is also a linebacker, he tipped Warren’s pass up to himself and ran it back for a 25-yard pick six to make it 28-21. Then a big 40-yard touchdown pass got it 35-21 going to the fourth quarter. The Vikings kept fighting but couldn’t get any more points on the board as the Bulldogs scored from 40 yards out with minutes to spare as the Vikings fell 42-21.
The Vikings host the reigning Class 1A State Champion McKenzie Rebels (5-1, 2-0 Region 6-1A) this Friday night at Viking Stadium starting at 7:00 p.m. The NYX Pregame Show starts at 6:45 p.m. as I bring you a preview of both teams.