Vikings Rattle Off 50 Unanswered Points To Beat Meadville
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Ed Weaver | November 26, 2022
Four touchdown runs by Allentown Central Catholic’s Caiden Shaffer propelled the Vikings past Meadville 50-7 in the PIAA Class 4A Quarterfinals on Friday, November 25 at Bald Eagle Area High School.
It was the Bulldogs who drew first blood on the night, however, as Gavin Longstreth connected with Khalon Simmons from 14 yards out on 4th and 12 to cap a 16-play drive and put Meadville up 7-0 with 3:14 remaining in the opening quarter. The lead didn’t last long though as the Vikings went 53 yards on their first drive to tie the game up at 7 on a short run by Shaffer just two minutes after the Bulldogs’ score.
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From that point on it was off to the races for the Vikings as they scored 43 more points on the night while holding Simmons, who rushed for 234 yards last week against Juniata, to under 100 yards on the night.
Not even three minutes into the second quarter Shaffer struck again, this time on a 30-yard run to break the tie and put the Vikings up for good at 14-7 with 9:48 remaining. Following a huge sack on Simmons by Shaffer the Vikings went back to work but only needed one play as Tamlin Ferguson found Jareel Calhoun on a 50-yard pass play to extend the Vikings’ lead out to 21-7 just 29 seconds before halftime. The Vikings weren’t done though, as they recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff, which led to a 20-yard run by Shaffer with 4 seconds remaining.
Coming out of the half leading 28-7, the Vikings picked up right where they left off and added another touchdown, Shaffer’s final one of the evening, to go up 35-7. That would be the only score of the 3rd quarter, but ACC tacked on three more scores in the 4th. 10 seconds into the final frame, Ferguson called his own number and scored from 4 yards out. The Vikings then came up with a safety as Griffin Patridge dropped Simmons in the end zone for a loss, then Nathan Schultz scored from 12 yards out with 57 seconds remaining to make it 50-7.
“We felt pretty good coming in that we were going to be able to run the football,” Vikings’ head coach Tim McGorry said. “We saw a lot of things on film we liked and we’ve run the ball fairly well throughout the course of the year and it was just a continuation of that.”
Next up for the Vikings is a date with WPIAL 4A champion Aliquippa, following their 34-7 win over Central Valley, next week.
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