Vikings can’t keep pace with Red Rams
Northern Vance moved the chains Friday in its home opener, but the Vikings couldn’t keep pace with Franklinton in a 50-28 loss.
Northern dropped to 0-3 on the season while the Red Rams improved to 3-0.
The Vikings trailed only 23-20 at halftime before Franklinton racked up 27 third-quarter points to put away the home team.
Quarterback Daquan Neal and speedy tailback Travon Judkins accounted for every Red Ram score.
Neal was 3-of-6 passing for 97 yards and a touchdown, running for 103 yards on 12 carries and four scores.
Judkins tallied 191 yards on 20 carries, adding two touchdowns. He rushed for 126 of those in the second half, the majority of which came in the third quarter, including touchdown runs of 16 and 65 yards.
Northern sophomore quarterback Kris Haywood scrambled and ran in the left side of the end zone for a score, then threw for a two-point conversion to cut the lead to 36-28 with 6:29 left in the third quarter.
But Judkins capped off a 48-yard drive with the 12-yard score and the Red Rams scored again with 1:01 remaining in the third.
Franklinton put up 359 rushing yards and 456 yards of total offense to Northern’s 328 yards of total offense.
The Vikings, who had eight penalties for 65 yards, lost two fumbles and backup quarterback Kyland Bullock threw two interceptions. One of those came on the last play of the game as Northern’s Justin Care laid out the Red Ram defender, preventing another score.
Haywood was 5-of-9 passing for 73 yards and rushed for 81 yards and three touchdowns on seven attempts.
Tamaj Bullock ran for Northern’s other score from 3 yards out in the second quarter to get the Vikes within three points. He finished with 82 yards rushing on 24 carries.
Northern visits Southern Vance next week.
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