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Vikes champs again

November 24, 1998|By JACK HILL III

HALFWAY - Sometimes, a winning tradition can last a long time.

The Williamsport Vikings proved that on Monday night as they won the tournament championship in the Washington County Junior Football League for the eighth straight year and for the ninth time in the last 10 years.

The Vikings extended their streak by beating the Hagerstown Steelers 38-0 at Marty Snook Memorial Park.

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The Vikings completed the season with a 9-2 overall record and have won 84 of their last 87 games.

Their trio of running backs - Bud House, Patrick Young and Buck Hilliard - combined to rush for 377 out of the team total of 393 rushing yards. House rushed for 143 yards on only eight carries, Young gained 141 yards on just 10 carries, and Hilliard added 93 yards on 13 carries.

"We came in here with a little different game plan tonight," Williamsport Vikings coach Doug Fowler said. "Last week, we ran inside against the Jets. Tonight, we ran outside against the Steelers because of their strength on the inside. We split our wing out, so he can get an ankle block on their defensive end to help us get our backs around the corner."

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The Vikings sent a message to the Steelers at the beginning of the game that it was going to be their night when House scored on a 60-yard touchdown run along the left sideline on the very first play of the game.

"That set the tone," Fowler said. "We wanted Bud House to stay in the holes, run hard and use hard cuts. His speed took over then."

That 60-yard touchdown run was one of three touchdowns for House. House later scored on romps of 14 and 11 yards.

Young scored twice on touchdown runs of 44 and 54 yards.

"We ran Buck Hilliard on the outside and Patrick Young on the inside," Fowler said. "That combination seemed to get our offensive game in gear. When we got down close to the goal line, we then tried to hit Josh Foley on a quick out. It worked, since he was open a few times."

Foley caught a 13-yard touchdown pass from Brian Spickler.

Fowler felt good about his team winning the playoffs again.

"This year was a little sweeter, because we weren't supposed to do it," Fowler said. "We were fortunate to knock off the Jets last week, and nobody gave us a shot to do that. Once we got past that game, we were hoping to keep the momentum going. We were able to do that.

"We lost a lot of eighth graders from last year," Fowler added. "But the draft picks, especially Bud House and Patrick Young, really helped us out."

In the consolation game, the Smithsburg Jets beat the Hagerstown Dolphins, 42-7.

Corey Brown had a 3-yard touchdown run and caught a 66-yard touchdown pass from Nathan Himes. Himes added a 19-yard touchdown run. Daniel Faulders threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Sean Hunt. Dustin Sier added a 5-yard touchdown run, and Stephen Engelman had a 1-yard touchdown run. Zachary Kieffer made two interceptions for the Jets.

Quintez McDonald gave the Dolphins a brief 7-0 lead when he scored on an 11-yard touchdown run on the sixth play of the game.

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