Valdosta Daily Times

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September 1, 2007

LHS slips against Hoyas

VALDOSTA — Harrison came up with the only big play it needed, as Lowndes couldn’t convert one of many.

The Hoyas avenged a 2006 opening loss by defeating the Vikings 9-0 Friday night in a rain-soaked Martin Stadium.

After Lowndes tackled the Hoyas behind the line of scrimmage, Harrison snuck a pass, behind the defense and took the first and only step to victory.

Harrison’s junior quarterback Christian Burnett hit running back Jamal Austin in the flat for a 69-yard touchdown reception just 58 seconds into the game.

The Vikings held Harrison’s running game at bay for most of the night, but a timely pass and a turnover by Lowndes led the Hoyas to a win.

The game went back and forth, with the Hoyas controlling the ball but Lowndes coming on offense in quality field possession.

However, miscues by the Vikings prevented them from picking up key first downs and putting the ball over the goal line.

The Vikings failed to convert all five of their fourth down attempts, lost 2-of-3 fumbles, and quarterback Christian Glisson threw an interception that led to Eric Cobleigh’s 28-yard field goal.

The closest the Vikings came to the end zone was the Hoyas 20-yard line before a one-yard loss pushed them back.

Glisson couldn’t convert a pass on third down; then the Vikings missed their first fourth-down opportunity of the game on another incompletion by the senior quarterback.

Glisson rotated with Khary Franklin, but the sophomore didn’t fare much better, fumbling once.

The game was delayed more than an hour due to bad weather looming over Martin Stadium.

The Vikings will have to wait longer for another attempt at their first victory when Eagles Landing comes to Martin Stadium Friday at 8 p.m.

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