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Vikings Lose a Close One in Opener
Saturday, 08 September 2012

September 8--  The Treutlen Vikings fell 1 point short in their season opener to a very good Claxton Tiger team by the score of 22 -21.  The Tigers scored first with 3:47 left in the first quarter when explosive sophomore running back Zachaeus Grant broke a tackle and scampered 54 yards to give the Tigers the early lead.  Treutlen answered with 1:41 before the half when junior quarterback Matthew Powell went in on a 1 yard run.  The sucessful PAT by Austin Daughtry tied the score at 7 going into the half.

The Vikings took the opening kickoff of the second half and mounted a 73 yard drive capped by an 11 yard reception by junior James "Playmaker" Baker from Matthew Powell to take the lead.  The PAT sailed just right of the upright and the Vikings had a 13 - 7 lead with 6:27 to go in the 3rd quarter.  Claxton running back Zachaeus Grant would score again on the Tiger's next possession with a 13 yard run.  The Tiger PAT was good and Claxton led it 14 - 13 with 2:56 to go in the 3rd quarter. 

With only 3:33 left in the game and the Vikings trailing 14 - 13, sophomore defensive back Drew Gillis would scoop a Claxton fumble and take it 62 yards to paydirt.  QB Matthew Powell hit junior Kyle Rosen on a short toss to make the 2 point conversion successful and the Vikings led again 21 - 14.  Claxton would get things going again with a kick return out to their own 46 yard line to give them good field position late.  Then with 39.6 seconds remaining, the Tigers would punch it in on a 3 yard run by fullback Khalil Brewton.  After a Viking penalty on the score gave Claxton the extra point try from the 1 yard line, the Tiger coaches made the choice to go for 2 and were successful pulling out a 22 - 21 victory.

 
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