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November 8, 2008

Vikings beat Warner Robins, improve to 10-0

WARNER ROBINS — The Lowndes Vikings finished the 2008 regular season undefeated thanks to a 35-14 win at Warner Robins Friday.

It’s the third time in school history the Vikings went through a season without losing a game. The first came in 1997 with Milt Miller at the helm and the second came under current head coach Randy McPherson in 2004. The Vikings won it all the last time they went through the regular season unscathed, but fell in the second round of the ’97 playoffs.

The win also increased Lowndes’ school to 24 straight victories.

“I’m proud of our kids,” McPherson said. “To run the schedule like we did and not lose a game, I can’t say enough about our players and coaches.”

The Vikings led the entire way Friday night, though the Demons cutting the score to 21-14 at one point.

Warner Robins brought the score within a touchdown when Aaron Allen ran nine yards for a score with 5:44 left in the third. The Demons didn’t have to go far for Allen’s score, after they recovered a Greg Reid fumble on the Vikings’ 25-yard line.

The turnover was Reid’s second fumble of the game, but more crucially, it was the fifth for Lowndes and the fourth turnover.

“We had way too many fumbles,” McPherson said. “It wasn’t just one guy, it was several. We have to protect the football.”

Despite the Vikings’ four giveaways, the offense moved the ball, picking up 465 total offensive yards, including 396 on the ground.

Leading the way was quarterback Khary Franklin, who rushed for 181 yards on 16 carries, and was 4-of-7 passing for 59 yards.

“This game was a lot of quarterback and fullback play, because of the defense they were running,” Franklin said.

The Vikings ran option plays most of the night. Franklin was in charge with reading the defense and deciding whether to hand off, pitch or carry the ball himself. Most of the time, the junior read correctly and Lowndes picked up the yards.

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