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Vikings Youth Football Win Championship

November 19, 1996

By JACK HILL III

Staff Correspondent

HALFWAY - The Williamsport Vikings came back from an 8-0 halftime deficit to defeat the Hagerstown Browns, 20-8, Monday night in the Washington County Junior League Football championship game at Martin L. Snook Memorial Park.

It was the sixth straight title for the Vikings, who were 11-0 this year and have won 64 of 65 games during their title streak.

The Browns finished 9-2, with both losses to the Vikings.

In the consolation game, the Hagerstown Giants shook off an early 6-0 deficit to blitz the Williamsport Bears, 34-6.

Carlos Gomez rushed for 199 yards and three touchdowns in 13 carries for the Vikings. His touchdowns came on runs of 15, 55 and 42 yards.

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"The Browns got up on us early," Vikings coach Doug Fowler said. "We had to go into halftime and regroup. I told our kids that this was like a prize fight or boxing match. We had been knocked down in the early rounds and we had to get back up. We had to make the necessary adjustments and play Viking football.

"I would like to compliment the Browns," Fowler added. "It was a war out there. I knew sooner or later that the law of averages would catch up with us. But I was hoping that it wouldn't happen tonight. I was worried, because the Browns are an excellent team and they are very well-coached. When you play a team that well-coached so many times, they are going to beat you eventually."

The Browns' only touchdown came on a 13-yard pass from Bryan Haupt to Tanner Cross with two minutes left in the first quarter.

"We had a great bunch of kids and we had a great season," Browns coach Mike Small said. "The Vikings had another great season and their record speaks for itself. Doug Fowler runs a super program."

In the consolation game, Nathan Henderson and Domonique Jones rushed for two touchdowns each to lead the Giants over the Bears.

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