Vikings fall behind early in road loss

Aug. 24, 2013 @ 08:47 PM

Northern Vance trailed Ravenscroft 27-0 at halftime Friday in Raleigh before falling 34-14.

Northern’s lone win last season came against the Ravens in Week 1. 

“They looked stronger,” said Vikings’ coach Eric Watkins. “I’m not taking anything away from them, but I think we could have played a little better than we played.”

Devin Anderson and Tamaj Bullock scored Northern’s touchdowns. Anderson also tacked on a two-point conversion run.

Watkins said Anderson’s touchdown run was from about 5 yards out and Bullock’s was around 30.

Northern sophomore quarterback Kris Haywood had a run of 50-plus yards in the fourth quarter to set up a score.

“Kris looked great,” said Watkins. “He ran the ball well. He did everything we asked him to do. He ran the offense, looked real good.”

Ravenscroft defensive end/tight end Avery Edwards, a 6-foot-5 North Carolina recruit, blocked a punt and returned it for a touchdown shortly before halftime.

Watkins said that was the most damage Edwards did on the night.

Turnovers caused some damage for Northern, which lost three fumbles.

Tackling will also be a point of emphasis for the Vikes in practice this week.

“We missed a lot of tackles in the backfield,” said Watkins. “We have to wrap guys up.”

Northern visits Warren County this week. The Eagles did not play on Friday.

“I think the kids will really be up for this one,” said Watkins. “Just being a rivalry game, I think they’ll be up for it.”

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