Vidalia falls late to Winnfield, 27-17

Published 1:17 am Saturday, October 29, 2016

After a lackluster three quarters of football, it looked like the first team to 10 points would win Friday night’s game between the Winnfield High School Tigers and the Vidalia High School Vikings.

But the fourth quarter provided a lot of fireworks as the lead changed hands four times before Winnfield scored on a 56-yard run by T.J. Myers with less than a minute to go to give the Tigers a hard-fought 27-17 victory over Vidalia in an LHSAA District 3-3A game.

The only points scored in the first half came off the foot of Vidalia junior kicker Roberto Garcia, who connected on a 31-yard field goal in the second quarter to give the Vikings a 3-0 halftime advantage.

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Winnfield (6-3, 4-2) took the lead on Justin Lawson’s 22-yard touchdown pass to Trenton Dill just past the midway point of the third quarter for a 7-3 lead.

Terry Brown scored on a 20-yard run to give the Vikings a 10-7 lead with 11:06 remaining in the fourth quarter, but the Tigers scored just 46 seconds later on Myers’s 57-yard run to go up 13-10.

Vidalia retook the lead at 17-13 on Tristan Weatherly’s 14-yard touchdown pass to Cedric Daniels with 5:42 to go. Once again, Winnfield didn’t take much time to respond thanks to Lawson’s 70-yard scoring pass to Dylan Espejed with 4:04 left to take the lead for good.

Brown had 15 carries for 77 yards and one touchdown while Weatherly completed 17 of 33 passes for 196 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Jordan Mays had six catches for 74 yards.

Vidalia (3-6, 1-5) plays host to Peabody High School for senior night at 7 p.m. Friday.