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Vikings rule junior league

November 14, 2000

Vikings rule junior league



By MIKE SIRBAUGH / Staff Writer


Vikings. Giants. The names alone conjure up visions of aggressiveness, ferocity, physical strength.

Tuesday night's championship game in the Washington County Junior Football League presented opportunistic offense and hard-nosed defense that caused the game to stopped four times for injuries.

When the final horn blew, the Williamsport Vikings emerged as champions for the ninth time in the last 10 years with a 25-13 defeat of the Hagerstown Giants.

The Vikings were the first team to take advantage of an opportunity. With the Giants moving on the game's opening drive, Joseph Saunders pounced on a loose ball and gave the Vikings a first down at their own 40-yard line.

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"Lee Baker (Vikings defensive lineman) caused havoc in that backfield all night," said Vikings coach Doug Fowler. "A couple of times, he almost had the handoff. This was a tremendously hard-hitting ballgame. We knew it was going to be physical and tried to prepare for that in practice."

Terrail Blair capped an eight-play drive with a 3-yard score to take the lead for Williamsport, 6-0.

But Neil Forsythe tied the game two plays later. He broke a tackle at the Vikings' 46 and then outraced everyone for a 59-yard scoring run. Forsythe finished the game with 145 yards on nine carries and two touchdowns.

Williamsport again used a ball-control offense to keep the ball away from the quick-striking Giants and go up 12-6. The Vikings drove 60 yards on seven plays with Michael Adams gaining all 60 yards, carrying five times.

Adams had a carry of 28 yards and a TD run of 22 on the drive and finished the game with 181 yards on 18 carries with three scores. He finished with three scores on the night.

Despite those big blows, the biggest against the Giants may have been the loss of Jarron Suttle, who injured his shoulder on Adams' first touchdown and did not return.

"That took away our outside," said Giants coach Donnie Zimmerman. "We lost our speed on offense and defense and it took a whole quarter to make the adjustments. You don't do that against the Vikings. The fumbles later in the game were a direct result of making changes in the backfield. I'm real proud of our team for rebounding. It was fun."

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