On fourth and goal from the 3 yard line, Swan Valley senior running back Emmett Boehler battled his way inside the pylon and across the goal line with just 1 second left on the clock to give the Viking's a 17-14 lead, before senior Grant Neilson kicked the extra point, giving the Viking's an incredible 18-14 come from behind TVC Central victory over the Carrollton Cavaliers at Carrollton H.S. tonight.
“I was like, did that really just happen, and it did” Boehler said following the win. “We had a really good fourth quarter, I mean they scored on that one drive, but we just came back and drove down on them, and my linemen put me in the position to make that play, and I'm thankful I was able to make that play and come home with the W.”
Carrollton was down 11-8 with just over 7-minutes left in the game, when senior quarterback Ja'Leil Warren completed a 16 yard pass to senior wide out O'Vauntay Vickers to get the Cav's across midfield and a 15-yard penalty on the play helped put them into Swan Valley territory, as Warren then hit Vickers with a 20 yard pass down to the Swan Valley 20 yard line, before Warren finally found junior Ricky Williamson III wide open in the end zone with a 20 yard touchdown pass for a 14-11 (2 point try failed) Carrollton lead with 4:29 left to play.
Following a scoreless first quarter, the Vikings finally managed to draw first blood with a 29 yard field goal from Nielson for a 3-0 lead with 7:18 to play in the second quarter.
Carrollton answered with good drive right before the half, however, Warren's pass was intercepted by Swan Valley junior Terryon Liddell at the Carrollton 15 yard line, as the Vikings took a 3-0 lead into the half, led by 112 first half rushing yards from Boehler, and the 29 yard field goal by Neilson.
Carrollton came out with a strong drive to start the third quarter, capping it off with a 1 yard touchdown run by senior running back Jalen Myles, who ran in the two point conversion for an 8-3 Cav's lead with 8:59 left in the third quarter.
Swan Valley answered with an impressive ball control drive behind Boehler, who capped it off with a 13 yard touchdown run, as Liddell ran in the 2-point conversion to give the Vikings an 11-8 lead with 7:07 left in the fourth quarter.
Swan Valley coach Kevin Gavenda recognized the Carrollton defense was loading up the gaps where Boehler was expected to run, so the coaches adjusted by sending a guy in motion, while continuing to feed his workhorse running back.
“We figured out where they were lining up to adjust to our strength's, so we used a little motion to offset that,” Gavenda said “I know, at the end they were coming at us from everywhere, but at that point, when you kind of get that momentum going and you get that confidence, especially behind a strong kid like Boehler, it helps.”
Boehler carried the ball 40 times for 236 yards and 2 touchdowns to lead the Vikings' offense, as Swan Valley junior quarterback Alex Fries rushed twice for 19 yards, and was 3 of 12 for 6 yards through the air with 1 interception. Liddell had 2 carries for 28 yards and a 2-point conversion, and junior Matt Pike carried the ball twice for 18 yards, while juniors Chase Mendoza and Brock Leinberger, along with sophomore Ethan Champney each had 1 carry for the Vikings.
Warren was 8 of 18 passing for 155 yards and 1 TD pass, while rushing 3 times for 29 yards. Myles led the Cav's on the ground with 17 carries for 38 yards, as Vickers hauled in 3 catches for 51 yards. Williamson III added 2 catches for 38 yards, including 1 receiving TD, while senior Drevion Gissendanner-Decena had 3 catches for 64 yards to lead the Carrollton receivers.
Carrollton (2-1) will look to get back on track with a visit to Shepherd (1-2) next week, while Swan Valley (3-0) gets ready to host rival Freeland (3-0) in an anticipated matchup between two unbeaten TVC power-house programs.