Vidalia’s Eric Genous pulls down Delhi quarterback Christian Powell for a sack during the Vikings’ 18-12 win in overtime. (Ben Hillyer \ The Natchez Democrat)
Vidalia’s Eric Genous pulls down Delhi quarterback Christian Powell for a sack during the Vikings’ 18-12 win in overtime. (Ben Hillyer \ The Natchez Democrat)

Vidalia pulls out victory over Delhi in overtime

Published 1:17am Saturday, September 7, 2013

VIDALIA — It was a series of plays that summed up Delhi High School’s night: A 5-yard penalty followed by a fumble to end the game.

And Vidalia High School will take it.

After going ahead 18-12 in overtime, Vidalia had four downs to stop Delhi from the 10-yard line and secure a win Friday in its season opener. The Vikings ended up only needing two.

The Bears had a false start penalty to push them back to the 15, then on the next play fumbled the ball, which Vidalia recovered to end the overtime period and seal an opening-night victory.

Delhi had issues with fumbles and penalties all night, tallying nine fumbles, three lost, and racking up minus 84 yards on 12 penalties. In ironic fashion, both a fumble and a penalty ended up losing the game for the Bears.

With 5:31 to go in regulation and Vidalia leading 12-6, Delhi scored on a 19-yard pass from quarterback Christian Powell to Thomas Williams to tie the game 12-12. The two-point conversion attempt failed, which ultimately forced the game into overtime.

Vidalia got first possession in overtime and proceeded to score on the first play, with Johnny Anderson scoring from the starting-point 10-yard line. Overtime rules in the Louisiana High School Athletic Association allow each team four downs to score from the 10.

The Vikings struck first in the game less than a minute into play, when J.T. Townsend took a handoff 63 yards for the score with 11:06 left in the first. The two-point run attempt failed, giving Vidalia an early 6-0 lead.

The Bears tied the game 6-6 with 7:39 left in the first on a 26-yard reception by Williams. Vidalia blocked the extra point attempt, keeping the game tied.

Early in the second quarter, the Vikings recovered a fumble at midfield that later set up a 9-yard touchdown run by Anderson with 9:23 left in the half. The two-point pass attempt failed, and Vidalia led 12-6 at intermission.

Vidalia (1-0) will play at Delhi Charter next week.