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Steelers, Vikes slip into final

November 17, 1998

Junior FootballBy JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

photo: RICHARD T. MEAGHER / staff photographer




HALFWAY - The Hagerstown Steelers and the Williamsport Vikings advanced to the Washington County Junior Football League championship, and both did it the same way - surviving close semifinal games.

The Vikings knocked off the regular-season champion Smithsburg Jets 12-6, while the Steelers defeated the Hagerstown Dolphins 19-13 on Monday night at Marty Snook Memorial Park.

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"One thing is for sure: That was a good team, and that game was a war," Vikings coach Doug Fowler said. "But we have only won one battle, because there is still one more game."

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The Jets will meet the Dolphins in the consolation game at 6 p.m. next Monday, while the Vikings will face the Steelers in the championship game at 7:30.

"Our game plan was to dissect their defense down to their four best players," Fowler added. "I would then run my four best players against them. We knew that their strengths were the running backs and linebackers. If we would run outside, they would run us down. So, we ran it inside on them. We didn't try to go for the big plays. We just tried to go for the first downs."

The Vikings got both of their touchdowns in the second quarter. On the second play of the period, Bud House broke loose along the left side for a 45-yard touchdown run.

With 26 seconds left in the first half, Brian Spickler fired a 10-yard touchdown pass to Josh Foley along the right sideline.

Nathan Himes scored on a 9-yard touchdown run through the middle midway through the fourth quarter for the Jets.

Brandon Monroe rushed for 188 yards on 22 carries and scored on touchdown runs of nine and 67 yards for the Steelers. Michael Campbell added a 1-yard touchdown run for the Steelers.

Quintez McDonald ran for 184 yards on 14 carries and scored on touchdown runs of 3 and 18 yards for the Dolphins.

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