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Vikings blast Bobcats

After getting not only upset but dominated the past two years, the Symmes Valley Vikings atoned for past performances with a 61-6 waxing of the Green Bobcats Friday in a Southern Ohio Conference Division I game.

Saturday, October 02, 1999

After getting not only upset but dominated the past two years, the Symmes Valley Vikings atoned for past performances with a 61-6 waxing of the Green Bobcats Friday in a Southern Ohio Conference Division I game.

The Vikings used a strong ground game to erase any doubts that the Bobcats would post a third straight upset win in the rivalry.

Brad Carpenter and Noah Henson combined for 254 yards rushing and three touchdowns as Symmes Valley racked up 485 yards on the ground. Carpenter ran 18 times for 128 yards and Henson carried 15 times for 126 yards.

Jared Leffingwell added 76 yards on 12 attempts and a score.

"The offensive line came off the ball and the backs hit the hole hard," Vikings coach Herb Conley said. "The kids turned it up a notch."

The win not only puts the Vikings record at 5-1 overall and 2-0 in the SOC, but sets up next Friday’s showdown for the league title.

Symmes Valley took the opening kickoff and imediately established its ground game. Leffingwell ran the final 5 yards for the touchdown and Kiyo Higa kicked the point after to make it 7-0.

The Vikings scored on their next possession as Henson kept the ball and ran 2 yards. Higa’s kick put the lead at 14-0.

Green, 1-5 and 0-2, answered with its own scoring drive capped by quarterback Alex Poe’s 1-yard scoring run to slice the deficit to 14-6.

Poe was later injured and left the game. He was taken to Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital where tests proved negative.

"We didn’t block well and we didn’t tackle well," Green coach Dan McDavid said. "We were ill-prepared and we as a coaching staff take the blame for that.

"We had some gutty efforts. Alex Hart showed a lot of guts. He was hurt and came back the second half and caught a couple of passes. Chris Williams took a shot in quadraceps and came back. Rick Perkins stepped in at quarterback when Poe got hurt and showed a lot of courage and a lot of guts. And freshman Jason Myers acquitted himself well."

But the Vikings took over and rattled off seven unanswered touchdowns.

Henson hit Simpson with a 7-yard scoring pass and Carpenter later ran 13 yards for a touchdown as the lead grew to 28-6 by halftime.

Michael Doss caught a second 7-yard touchdown pass from Henson for a 35-6 lead, and then Henson ran 23 yards for another touchdown. Backup running back Billy McCarty ran 39 yards for a touchdown and it was 48-6 after three quarters.

Joseph Patterson ran a dive 44 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter and Drew Hunt scampered 35 yards on a quaterback sneak for the final score.

Green hosts Portsmouth Notre Dame next Friday.